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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch

By Tim Graham

NFC Stock Watch: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

FALLING

1. Rex Ryan, Jets head coach: Nothing seems to be going properly for Ryan. He's known as a master motivator, but he's not pushing the right buttons lately. He symbolically buried a game ball from the Week 13 debacle against the Patriots, and it looked like nothing more than a rah-rah antic after losing at home to the Dolphins. Ryan reportedly chafed his defensive players by criticizing them in his postgame speech. And then there's the Sal Alosi tripping scandal that might not go away as quickly as Ryan would like.

2. Jets offense: Mark Sanchez is playing poorly. LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene aren't finding room to run. Santonio Holmes and Jerricho Cotchery are dropping passes. Dustin Keller isn't involved. Right tackle Damien Woody is hurt. Other than that, there's nothing to worry about.

3. Dolphins offense: Chad Henne is playing poorly. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams aren't as productive as you'd like. Right tackle Vernon Carey is done for the season. Top chunk-yardage receiver Brian Hartline is out. While Miami's defense seems to be getting itself together, the offense seems to get worse by the week.

New England's Gary Guyton
Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown against the Bears.
RISING

1. Inside linebacker Gary Guyton and the Patriots defense: The Patriots have put together a pair of strong defensive efforts against division leaders, holding the Jets to three points and the Bears to seven points. With rookie starter Brandon Spikes suspended for four games, Guyton stepped up with an interception and returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown on snow-covered Soldier Field.

2. Brodney Pool, Jets safety: Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine called him out last week for being inconsistent, but Pool arguably was the Jets' best player against the Dolphins and would have been considered the star had the Jets won. Pool recorded a sack, forced a fumble that Jason Taylor recovered and picked up a Henne fumble.

3. David Nelson, Bills receiver: The undrafted rookie from Florida caught a touchdown pass in his second straight game. His 11-yard grab was the only touchdown scored in a 13-6 victory over the Browns in Ralph Wilson Stadium. He should get more opportunities over the final three games. The Bills placed veteran receiver Lee Evans on injured reserve Tuesday.