Relative Value Rankings After Week 17

The Cowboys stepped up to shut out the Eagles to set up Saturday’s game, a rematch with the same Philadelphia team. A repeat of several performances would certainly help Dallas.

There were, of course, some bad (hook ’em, Roy) performances.

Safety Michael Hamlin returned to field, sending linebacker Jason Williams to the inactive list.

Inactives vs. Philadelphia: QB Stephen McGee, S Pat Watkins, CB Cletis Gordon, LB Jason Williams (#41 last week), G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Marc Colombo, LB Curtis Johnson

45. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 45

vs. Philadelphia: Procter did not play at all against the Eagles, marking the second time in three weeks that he did not step onto the field.

44. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 44

vs. Philadelphia: McQuistan was a blocker on special teams. With the return of Marc Colombo, McQuistan probably won’t play this week.

43. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 43

vs. Philadelphia: Kitna went all season without playing a down. It would have been nice had that been the case with Brad Johnson last year…

42. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: Inactive

vs. Philadelphia: Hamlin made the active list, but he did not record a tackle.

41. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 40

vs. Philadelphia: Butler played against the Eagles, filling in late when the game was decided. He did not record a tackle.

40. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 39

vs. Philadelphia: Siavii did not record a tackle. He has not recorded a tackle since the December 13 game against San Diego.

39. Shaun Suisham, K

Last week: 38

vs. Philadelphia: Suisham made a 44-yarder but missed a 30-yarder later in the game. Cowboy nation gasped, thinking of what might happen if a forthcoming game came down to a field goal.

38. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 42

vs. Philadelphia: Octavien recorded one tackle on defense.

37. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 30

vs. Philadelphia: This is perhaps way too far down on the list.

No, it’s not.

36. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 36

vs. Philadelphia: For the 16th consecutive week, all I can say is Ladouceur did his job well.

35. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 34

vs. Philadelphia: Hurd did not record a tackle on special teams, and Kevin Ogletree has stepped forward as a bigger threat at receveir.

34. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 33

vs. Philadelphia: Jason Phillips had bigger blocks from the fullback position than Anderson. His holding penalty in the second quarter negated a 24-yard run by Felix Jones.

33. David Buehler, K

Last week: 34

vs. Philadelphia: Four of his five kickoffs went into the end zone and were downed for touchbacks. That’s why a team drafts a kickoff specialist.

32. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 37

vs. Philadelphia: Hatcher wins the Jason Witten Real Man Award for recording a sack without a helmet. Wow.

31. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 32

vs. Philadelphia: Bowen recorded one tackle on defense.

30. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 31

vs. Philadelphia: Ogletree had one reception for 15 yards and was targeted on another deep pass late in the first half (Romo was roughed on the play, which helped to set up Shaun Suisham’s field goal). Ogletree is emerging as a threat at just the right time.

29. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 28

vs. Philadelphia: Bennett was targeted on one pass. John Phillips has looked better recently as both a blocker and as a receiver.

28. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 27

vs. Philadelphia: Choice left the game early with a concussion.

27. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 29

vs. Philadelphia: Phillips caught two passes for 14 yards and made a couple of key blocks.

26. Alan Ball, S

Last week: 26

vs. Philadelphia: Ball made a great play on a punt return with a perfect form tackle on DeSean Jackson. Ball also filled in for Terence Newman at corner and recorded two defensive tackles.

25. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 24

vs. Philadelphia: Carpenter recorded three tackles and provided some pressure in the QB. However, he had some trouble with tight end Brent Celek.

24. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 25

vs. Philadelphia: Scandrick had three tackles on defense along with a special teams tackle. The Eagles didn’t burn him over the middle the way some teams have.

23. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 21

vs. Philadelphia: Spears recorded one solo tackle and one assist. His assist came early in the game on a solid play, as he and Anthony Spencer stuffed Brian Westbrook.

22. Doug Free, T

Last week: 23

vs. Philadelphia: Free made the block of the year for highlight film purposes, clearing a 40-yard path for Felix Jones in the third quarter.

21. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 22

vs. Philadelphia: The Eagles did not generate much pressure, and Adams did not commit a penalty. Both are good trends.

20. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 18

vs. Philadelphia: Only one of McBriar’s punts ended up inside the 20, and he put one kick into the end zone.

19. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 17

vs. Philadelphia: Sensabaugh had four solo tackles and one assist in a pretty good game. He dropepd a

18. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 19

vs. Philadelphia: Crayton was huge, catching four passes for 99 yards with a touchdown.

17. Ken Hamlin, S

Last week: 20

vs. Philadelphia: Hamlin has been solid since returning from a high ankle sprain. He had three tackles and made a huge play by breaking up a pass attempt to DeSean Jackson.

16. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 16

vs. Philadelphia: The line in general had a great game against the Eagles. Kosier had a couple of solid blocks, especially when he pulled.

15. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 14

vs. Philadelphia: The Eagles did not get much pressure up the middle, reflecting a solid game by Gurode. However, Gurode had two costly penalties.

14. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 15

vs. Philadelphia: Davis had a penalty early in the game, but otherwise, he was solid.

13. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 13

vs. Philadelphia: Olshansky had one tackle and one QB hurry.

12. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 12

vs. Philadelphia: Newman had one tackle and played a pretty good game. However, he let Jackson get past him on one play, though Donovan McNabb overthrew the ball.

11. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 11

vs. Philadelphia: Jones showed that he is still a home run threat. He recorded 91 rushing yards to give the Cowboys another threat out of the backfield.

10. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 10

vs. Philadelphia: Barber was stronger earlier in the game than late. He also finished with 91 rushing yards.

9. Jay Ratliff, NT

Last week: 7

vs. Philadelphia: Ratliff had one of the game’s big plays when he recovered a fumble. However, he otherwise failed to record a tackle.

8. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 5

vs. Philadelphia: After recording 106 tackles this season, Brooking did not even make the stat sheet against the Eagles. He was, though, around the football quite a bit.

7. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 9

vs. Philadelphia: Witten was a big weapon and caught his first touchdown pass since week 2. The Eagles do not have anyone who can cover Witten.

6. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 8

vs. Philadelphia: Jenkins has been great for most of the season and had another outstanding effort in shutting down Jackson.

5. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 4

vs. Philadelphia: James is coming up big when it matters most. He recorded four solos (two for loss), an assist, a sack, and a QB hurry.

4. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 6

vs. Philadelphia: Spencer earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. He recorded four solo tackles, one assist, two sacks, a QB hurry, and a forced fumble.

3. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 2

vs. Philadelphia: Ware had one tackle and a QB hurry against Philadelphia. The Eagles paid so much attention to Ware that it opened up Spencer’s game.

2. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 3

vs. Philadelphia: Austin caught seven of the eight passes that came his way. He has been everything the team would want out of a #1 receiver.

1. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 1

vs. Philadelphia: Austin should receiver consideration as the team’s MVP, but this latest run has been all about Tony Romo. Romo completed 24 of 34 passes for 311 yards and 2 TD to cap off his best season yet.