NFL's Stock Up Stock Down Week 7: Whose Value Is Plummeting After Week 6?
Week 7 of the NFL season was actually fairly normal. Good teams won, bad teams lost and Rex Grossman threw four interceptions.
Even the most exciting moment of the weekend happened off the field when Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh got into a shouting match.
However, even with a normal week of football, there were plenty of players and teams who saw their overall value plummet. Here is the Week 7 edition of "NFL Stock Up Stock Down" as we focus on whose value is plummeting.
I know the Oakland Raiders won their actual football game, but losing Jason Campbell actually makes their value plummet severely.
Even though Campbell hasn't been the greatest quarterback this year (84.2 quarterback rating), he hasn't lost his team any games and has been running Oakland's offense well enough to lead them to a 4-2 record.
Now that he is out for the season with a broken collarbone, the Raiders will turn to either Kyle Boller, Terrelle Pryor or a free agent quarterback. Whichever way they do go, they won't be as good as they were with Campbell.
This team looked capable of challenging for the AFC West crown, but now they will struggle to finish with a winning record.
There are two reasons that the Minnesota Vikings' value is plummeting this week.
First, Adrian Peterson only got 12 carries the entire game against the Chicago Bears. I know that Minnesota was playing from behind for the majority of the game, but still, 12 carries is just unacceptable. He is the best player on the team, and one of the best in the league, and he absolutely deserves more than 12 touches.
Secondly, Minnesota's value is plummeting because they kicked the ball to Devin Hester. Seriously, a fourth-grade student knows not to kick to Hester.
These are two major areas of concern for the Vikings, and it makes you wonder what Leslie Frazier is thinking on the sidelines.
One bright spot for Minnesota is that it finally looks like the Christian Ponder era has arrived.
On Sunday I was reminded why I will never trust Rex Grossman.
After playing extremely well to start the season, Grossman has slowly gotten worse and worse with each week. He hit rock bottom with a four-interception, 23.7 quarterback rating-performance against the Philadelphia Eagles.
If that wasn't bad enough, the Washington Redskins yanked Grossman for John Beck, who came in and led Washington on their only scoring drive of the game. Beck's play was good enough to earn him a shot at the starting job for Week 7.
It almost looked as if Grossman was going to revive his career, but after Sunday's performance, it appears as if that won't be happening anytime soon. The world is finally right again.
I'm a big fan of what Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers have the potential to do, but it just isn't working right now. Something needs to change, and it needs to change quick or this team is going to end up with another high draft pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
The loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday marked the third straight loss for Carolina. Even though the Panthers lost close games to the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints in the previous weeks, they didn't even look close in the Atlanta game.
There is no run game for Carolina as DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have combined for just two touchdowns through six games. Sure, Newton is throwing for a ton of yards, but he is also throwing a ton of interceptions (9) and had three on Sunday without a single touchdown.
I understand that it might be difficult to get the ball out of Newton's hands because of how exciting he is, but if the Panthers can't figure something out, they will continue their plummet down NFL rankings.
Raise your hand if you think that the Jacksonville Jaguars would be 1-5 if they wouldn't have dropped David Garrard before the regular season started. Yeah, I'm not raising my hand either.
The Jaguars clearly aren't the most talented team in the league, but their roster actually looked better than last year and Garrard had this team at 8-8 last year. Imagine what he could have done with them this year.
Their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday marked their fifth straight, and honestly, I only see this team having a chance in two games the rest of the season. By the way, both those games are against the Indianapolis Colts.
There is no doubt that Blaine Gabbert is the future quarterback for this team, but right now, they would have been much better with Garrard and would be fighting for the AFC South divisional crown instead of quickly plummeting down to Earth.
So, imagine you are Tim Tebow for a second. I know it is difficult to imagine being that perfect and loved, but just try for a moment.
You are coming out of the bye week as the starting quarterback and feeling pretty good about the opportunity. You wake up on Monday morning and find out that your team just traded your best offensive weapon away. Kinda sucks, right?
With the Denver Broncos trading Brandon Lloyd, Tim Tebow's value took a major hit. Not only was Lloyd a great receiver, but he would have been a great safety net for Tebow as he figured out the NFL. Sure, Tebow still has Eric Decker and Eddie Royal, but those two names don't sound as good as Lloyd's name sounds to a young quarterback.
Had the Broncos kept Lloyd, I could see Tebow having a shot to win some games. However, now it appears as if this team is plummeting toward a top draft pick next year.
Things just keep getting worse for the Indianapolis Colts. Another game, another loss and an 0-16 record looks like more and more of a possibility with each passing week.
I like what Curtis Painter has done with everyone bashing him, but the truth is that he isn't an NFL starting quarterback and that is where the real problem lies for Indianapolis. This offense has the potential to score points in bunches, but Painter just isn't getting it done.
The offense isn't the only problem as the defense hasn't been too impressive either. They are giving up over 27 points per game and nearly 400 yards to boot.
It is no longer just one problem with this team, which is why their value continues to plummet.
Does anyone else get the feeling that the Miami Dolphins watch the Indianapolis Colts play and then come out and play worse? Can anyone say, "and with the first pick of the 2012 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins draft Andrew Luck..."?
Losing Chad Henne appears to be a bigger blow than anyone could have imagined as Matt Moore just looked awful last night against the New York Jets. This absolutely looks like the worst team in the league, and as long as they can continue to perform worse than the Colts, they should land a nice prize in next year's draft.
I hope Mr. Luck likes sunny Florida because it looks like that is where he will be heading.