How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch


1. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins head coach: The Redskins were so dreadful against the New York Giants on Sunday, it's hard to single out a player. So let's just go with the head coach this week. Shanahan made the decision to suspend Albert Haynesworth for the final four games for conduct detrimental to the team. But Haynesworth's conduct last week really wasn't anything new. The Redskins coach let this thing go too far in the first place. This guy had no business still being on the roster.

2. Albert Haynesworth, Washington Redskins defensive tackle: When you get suspended for the final four games because you apparently refused to participate in certain defensive packages, I think you've earned a spot on the "falling" list. But hey, at least Haynesworth gave the Skins those 6.5 sacks in his 20 games.

3. Donovan McNabb, Washington Redskins quarterback: OK, I better single someone else out. McNabb was victimized by several drops and the lack of any semblance of a running game. But he still makes too many mistakes in the pocket. The Giants forced six turnovers in this game. When the Skins had a chance to trim the lead to 28-14, McNabb fired an awful pass into the end zone that was easily intercepted by Terrell Thomas. You can't pin this mess solely on McNabb, but the quarterback deserves some of the blame.


1. Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys linebacker: You're starting to see why the Cowboys were so thrilled to land him in the second round of the draft. The former Penn State star was named the NFC defensive player of the week after grabbing two interceptions against Peyton Manning and the Colts. He'll probably take over as the full-time starter next season.

2. Mat McBriar, Dallas Cowboys punter: The Australian punting phenom has quietly put together a Pro Bowl season. He leads the league in net punting at 41.9 yards per kick and he's also at the top in gross at 48.2. Normally I don't put much stock in gross average, but it's pretty remarkable that McBriar's sitting there at 48.2 when he has so many of those purposefully short end-over-end punts from close to midfield that cause opponents to field the ball near their 10-yard line. He's the best punter in the game by a long shot this season. Keep that in mind when you're filling out your Pro Bowl ballots this holiday season.

3. Devin Thomas, New York Giants wide receiver: Thomas was brilliant against his former team Sunday. He downed a punt at the 5-yard line, made a nice tackle on speedster Brandon Banks and then partially blocked a punt that traveled 8 yards. And I'd also like to give a nod to Brandon Jacobs for his powerful performance against the Skins. He rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. I'd say that's pretty efficient.