Wednesday, November 24, 2010
How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch
By Matt Mosley
Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled his way out of the starting lineup, at least for one game.
1. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants running back: Surely you've heard by now that coach Tom Coughlin has demoted Bradshaw to second-string after his fumbling issues this season. He was stripped by Eagles rookie defensive end Brandon Graham on one fumble against the Eagles and he was also careless with the ball when no one was around him. Maybe being benched will get his attention.
2. Eli Manning, New York Giants quarterback: He's regarded as the smartest player on the roster by his coaches, but that was a bone-headed decision not to slide in the fourth quarter against the Eagles. The Giants had a legitimate shot to send that game to overtime, but Manning's gaffe and subsequent fumble undermined everything. I know he's had some bad breaks in terms of tipped passes, but he's still turning the ball over too much.
3. Eagles' red zone offense: Based on how brilliant he's been for much of the season, I could've put Michael Vick on this list. But that seemed like a bad idea. The Eagles should've run away with that game Sunday night in the first half, but they had to settle for too many field goals. That's rare to see Jason Avant drop a pass in the end zone, so maybe this was a one-time deal. But the Eagles need to make plays for Vick in the red zone. And I know Marty Mornhinweg has done a wonderful job with Vick, but someone remind him that he has a Pro Bowl-caliber tight end on the roster in Brent Celek. I don't think he was targeted once against the Giants.
1. Asante Samuel, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback: He's had four interceptions against the Manning brothers this month. Samuel knows how to bait a quarterback better than anyone in the league. And he even delivered a couple of licks in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Giants. He's on his way to another All-Pro season.
2. Bryan McCann, Dallas Cowboys cornerback: What will this rookie do next? He started with a 101-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Giants and then had a 97-yard punt return for a TD against the Detroit Lions. He was the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week and then the Special Teams Player of the Week. It's amazing that the Cowboys released this guy after training camp. He has been a huge part of Jason Garrett's 2-0 record as interim head coach.
3. Donovan McNabb, Washington Redskins quarterback: He silenced all the doubters for at least a week with a great bounce-back performance in an overtime win against the Titans. He executed the two-minute offense at the end of regulation brilliantly and then once again put his team in position to win in overtime by starting a drive with some excellent footwork to find Chris Cooley for a big gain. It was a gutsy effort by everyone involved -- and McNabb set the tone.