NFC West: Stock Watch 2010 Week 15

How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch

December, 22, 2010
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FALLING

1. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks QB. Three turnovers in the third quarter against Atlanta nearly cost Hasselbeck his starting job heading into Week 16. Barring a stunning reversal over the final two games, Hasselbeck will finish with his fourth subpar season in five years. Only Jimmy Clausen, Derek Anderson and Brett Favre have lower ratings this season among qualifying passers (those with at least 15 attempts per game).

2. NFC West head coaches. Let's single out Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt and San Francisco's Mike Singletary. Both coaches' teams have underachieved. Whisenhunt's record as Cardinals coach has slipped to 31-31 in the regular season. Singletary's already shaky job prospects took another hit when the 49ers were not competitive against San Diego.

[+] EnlargeJosh Morgan
AP Photo/Denis PoroyWide receiver Josh Morgan caught seven passes for 106 yards last week against the Chargers.
3. Sam Bradford, Rams QB. The leading candidate for NFL rookie of the year has five interceptions without a touchdown pass in his past three games. Bradford is taking more punishment from opposing pass-rushers in part because his receivers are having a hard time getting open quickly enough.

RISING

1. Josh Morgan, 49ers WR. Seven receptions for 106 yards amounted to a career night for Morgan even though San Francisco suffered an embarrassing defeat at San Diego.

2. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks RB. The running game was there for Seattle against Atlanta. Lynch carried 12 times for 60 yards. He gained 17 yards on his only reception. Turnovers in the passing game prevented Lynch from putting up more impressive numbers.

3. Young Cardinals defenders. Yes, the Cardinals allowed another 100-yard rusher. Yes, they lost to the Carolina Panthers. But there were positive signs from third-year defensive end Calais Campbell and rookie linebacker Daryl Washington. Campbell had 11 tackles, four for losses and a sack. Washington had six tackles, two for losses, a week after picking off a pass.

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