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AFC North stock watch

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Following Week 11, let's take a look at who's stock is hot and who's stock is not in the AFC North division:

Who's hot?

1. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Houshmandzadeh had his best game of the season following the bye week with 12 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He is developing good chemistry with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as the most reliable weapon. Houshmandzadeh accounted for more than half of Fitzpatrick's passing totals (261 yards). Too bad Houshmandzadeh's monster game resulted only in a 13-13 tie with the Eagles. He currently leads the NFL with 73 receptions.

2. Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
This was a big weekend for receivers in the AFC North, because Ward also had an outstanding day. Ward recorded 11 receptions for 124 yards, and he also made some clutch catches on the final, game-winning drive in Pittsburgh's 11-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Ward was the only receiver on Heinz Field that didn't seem to be affected by the weather, as he got open with relative ease against the Chargers secondary.

3. Braylon Edwards, WR, Cleveland Browns

Why not go with three straight receivers this week? Braylon Edwards tied a career-high with eight catches to go with his 108 yards in Cleveland 29-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills on "Monday Night Football." Edwards also overcame some early struggles to have a big game, something he hasn't done all season. Edwards, who leads the NFL in dropped passes, had another drop in the first quarter but, to his credit, quickly bounced back and had one of his best games of the season. The Browns needed every yard in the close win.
Who's not?

1. Baltimore Ravens defense
No unit in the NFL can dominate every week, but it was a surprise the Ravens defense got pounded in a 30-10 loss to the New York Giants. Usually, teams that beat the Ravens win through the air. But New York stuck with running the football and gained a whopping 207 yards on the ground. Three Giants tailbacks had at least 41 yards or more rushing. If there were any positives, Baltimore did hold all of New York's runners under 100 yards to keep its NFL-best 29-game streak alive.

2. Shayne Graham, K, Cincinnati Bengals
We know kickers sometimes get the short end and perhaps Shayne Graham is getting it here, because he made two field-goal attempts and an extra point Sunday. But with the game on the line, Graham needs to help his struggling team and make a 47-yard field in overtime to break the tie with Philadelphia. That kick usually is within Graham's range and could have given the Bengals two wins in a row for the first time all season. Instead, Graham failed to maximize all of his opportunities.

3. Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens needed a big game from one of their tailbacks to have a chance against the Giants, and since McGahee is the leader of the group, we will give him the spotlight. McGahee, who had a 112 yards rushing last week, couldn't get anything going Sunday and finished with just 18 yards on nine carries. In fact, Baltimore's leading rusher in the game was quarterback Joe Flacco (57 yards), which is never a formula for success. Without Flacco's totals, the Ravens' running game only garnered 64 rushing yards on 20 carries.