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Relative Value Rankings After the Playoff Win

In the early 1970s, the Cowboys found a way to turn the corner thanks to the play of key veterans, including Bob Lilly, Chuck Howley, and the like. In the 1990s, the team was successful thanks to the emergence of young talent. The 2009 team’s history is not yet complete, but in the first playoff win in 13 years, both the key veterans and the young talent came through.

Nobody really deserves to drop this week, though Ken Hamlin needs to stop his stupid penalties. Roy Williams showed up again in a big way and jumped up several spots on the list.

Inactives vs. Philadelphia: QB Stephen McGee, S Pat Watkins, CB Cletis Gordon, LB Jason Williams, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Pat McQuistan (#44 last week), LB Curtis Johnson

45. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 45

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Yet again, Procter did not play.

44. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 40

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Siavii was on the active roster but did not play against the Eagles.

43. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 43

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Kitna did not see the field. Nothing new.

42. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 41

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Butler played on special teams and on defense near the end of the game. He did not record a tackle.

41. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 38

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Octavien did not record a tackle on Saturday.

40. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 42

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Hamlin was credited with two special teams tackles against the Eagles.

39. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 35

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Hurd has fallen behind Kevin Ogletree as a receiver and has not been as active on special teams.

38. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 36

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): For perhaps the first time all year, one of Ladouceur’s field goal snaps looked off. Fortunately, Shaun Suisham made the field goal anyway.

37. Shaun Suisham, K

Last week: 39

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Suisham came through against the Eagles, making kicks from 25 and 48 yards in the first half.

36. David Buehler, K

Last week: 34

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Three of Buehler’s seven kickoffs went into the end zone for touchbacks.

35. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 33

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): At one point, Romo tried to dump a pass off to Anderson on a rollout, but Anderson could not make the grab. On Felix Jones’ 73-yard TD in the third quarter, Anderson made a nice block on the weakside linebacker, helping Jones to make the play that effectively ended the game.

34. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 32

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Hatcher was not credited with a sack, but he was certainly part of the Dallas pass rush.

33. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 31

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Bowen recorded a tackle and a QB hurry.

32. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 30

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Ogletree caught one five yard pass that helped to set up Shaun Suisham’s second field goal. Ogletree also caught a screen pass that would have given the Cowboys a first down inside the five but for a pass interference call on Jason Witten. Ogletree also made a big tackle on the Eagles’ kickoff return following the Cowboys’ first touchdown.

31. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 29

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Bennett wasn’t even targeted against the Eagles, though he was involved with blocking.

30. Alan Ball, S

Last week: 26

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Ball has been an important part of the defense, but he did not record a tackle against the Eagles.

29. Doug Free, T

Last week: 22

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): When Marc Columbo struggled early against the Eagles, there were plenty of calls for Free to go back in.

28. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 37

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Williams caught five important passes in the first half, including four that picked up first downs. Perfect timing. He should have had a touchdown in the second quarter on a screen pass, but he fell down trying to make a move.

27. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 27

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Phillips scored the team’s first touchdown pass, sparking reminders of backup tight end Derek Tennell’s TD catch against the Eagles in the 1992 playoffs. What, you don’t remember that?

26. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 23

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Spears recorded one tackle and one QB hurry against the Eagles.

25. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 25

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): I really want to move Carpenter up after his performance against the Eagles, during which he recovered two fumbles and recorded two tackles. The players above him, though, played just as well.

24. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 24

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Scandrick recorded two tackles and did not give up big plays over the middle.

23. Marc Columbo, T

Last week: Injured

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Columbo had a rough first quarter, during which he was called for a penalty and gave up a sack. After the first quarter, it looked like he played much better.

22. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 28

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Choice had 42 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. He also caught a pass and scampered for a first down on the team’s opening drive. It looks like he is running better than Marion Barber at this point.

21. Ken Hamlin, S

Last week: 17

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Hamlin was very active against the Eagles in both a good way and a bad way. Good=three tackles. Bad=three personal foul penalties.

20. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 19

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Sensabaugh had three tackles and an assist against the Eagles. With the Cowboys ahead 14-7 and the Eagles facing a 3rd-and-4, Sensabaugh made a huge tackle on Jeremy Maclin to stop the Eagles short. Dallas managed a field goal on the next drive and led by at least two possessions for the rest of the game.

19. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 20

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Five of McBriar’s six punts end up inside the 20. That’s something else.

18. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 13

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff):

17. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 21

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Adams owned Trent Cole for two games against the Eagles. The only negative was his unnecessary roughness penalty, though that game in the fourth quarter.

16. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 10

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): It feels harsh to move Barber down this far, but Barber hasn’t been able to offer the burst that Choice and Felix Jones have shown. Barber barely played against the Eagles.

15. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 18

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Crayton caught three passes, two of which gave the Cowboys a first down. His last reception came on a third down play just before Felix Jones’ 73-yard TD in the third quarter. Crayton also came close to breaking a couple of punt returns. He averaged 18 yards on three punt returns.

14. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 16

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Kosier had  solid game, as the Eagles were unable to pressure Romo up the middle. Kosier also made several nice run blocks, including a big block at the goalline on Tashard Choice’s touchdown.

13. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 15

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Like Kosier, Gurode had a great game.

12. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 14

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Davis made a huge block on Felix Jones’ touchdown, pulling to his right and taking out safety Quintin Mikell.

11. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 12

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Newman did not give up any big plays. He recorded four tackles.

10. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 7

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Witten was targeted five times and caught four passes. He nearly had a touchdown in the second quarter.

9. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 8

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Brooking returned to the stat sheet after recording four tackles. His leadership is vital.

8. Jay Ratliff, NT

Last week: 9

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Ratliff did not record a tackle against the Eagles, but he learned this week that he was named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team.

7. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 11

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Jones is moving back up the list after having his biggest game as a pro. His 16-carry, 148-yard effort looked part Tony Dorsett, part Emmitt Smith.

6. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 6

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Jenkins was credited with four pass defenses on the official stat sheet, which is a huge number. He’s looking very much like an All-Pro corner. Two negatives that we can forgive: giving up a long touchdown to Maclin on the pass from Vick, and trying to lateral the ball after recording a pick in the third quarter.

5. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 5

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): James had a big game, recording a sack and stripping Leonard Weaver on a key play late in the first half.

4. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 4

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Spencer continues to be a force on defense. He had two tackles, a sack, and two QB hurries. He also caused problems on a play in the second quarter that resulted in Michael Vick’s fumble in the second quarter.

3. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 2

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Tony Romo targeted Austin 10 times, and Austin caught seven of those passes, including a TD pass on a screen. Austin was also the target on a play when Sheldon Brown was called for pass interference, setting up the Cowboys’ first touchdown.

2. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 3

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Ware again came up huge, recording two sacks and forcing a fumble. Ware was also named All-Pro.

1. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 1

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): I know the arguments for putting Ware and/or Austin ahead of Romo, it’s been Romo’s steady play that has been the big difference in the team this year vs. previous years.

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.

Relative Value Rankings After Week 17

The Dallas offense looked solid against Washington, but it was the defense that shined last Sunday night. Accordingly, a few players on the defensive side of the ball moved up a couple of spots.

With Martellus Bennett returning to the active roster, rookie safety Michael Hamlin returned to the inactive list.

Inactives vs. San Diego: QB Stephen McGee, S Pat Watkins, S Michael Hamlin (#43 last week), CB Cletis Gordon, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Marc Colombo, LB Curtis Johnson

45. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 45

vs. Washington: Procter showed up on television several times, but it was never for a play that he made. He blocks on special teams.

44. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 42

vs. Washington: McQuistan doesn’t do much more than Procter.

43. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 39

vs. Washington: Kitna is tough to rank, given that he has not played all year. One shot showed him wearing leg warmers and sitting on the bench. Good insurance, but that’s about it.

42. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 41

vs. Washington: Octavien did not record a tackle, but he was around the ball several times on special teams.

41. Jason Williams, LB

Last week: 40

vs. Washington: Williams played on special teams but did not record a tackle.

40. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 38

vs. Washington: Butler’s last big play came against the Eagles. He didn’t do anything noteworthy against the Redskins.

39. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 37

vs. Washington: Siavii has not made any significant plays lately. He did not record a tackle against the Redskins.

38. Shaun Suisham, K

Last week: 44

vs. Washington: Suisham will get his chance, but the fact that the team wouldn’t let him try a field goal from about 48 or 49 yards didn’t help his cause as far as the value rankings.

37. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 36

vs. Washington: Hatcher was active, recording tackle, a hurry, and a pass deflection.

36. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 35

vs. Washington: For the 17th week in a row, Ladouceur did his job. Well.

35. David Buehler, K

Last week: 34

vs. Washington: Two of his four kickoffs went into the end zone for touchbacks. That’s his job.

34. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 30

vs. Washington: Hurd wasn’t able to hang on to the ball that came in his direction. He also didn’t record a tackle on special teams.

33. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 32

vs. Washington: Given Anderson’s job as a blocking back, it doesn’t help him that the team is having trouble on short yardage (even if there’s nothing suggesting that Anderson is a problem).

32. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 33

vs. Washington: Bowen got a little bit of pressure on Jason Campbell early in the game on a play where Terence Newman picked Campbell off after a deflection. Bowen finished the game with two assists.

31. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 31

vs. Washington: It looked like Ogletree was going to get some chances at receiver, but only one pass came in his direction. He had a nice kickoff return to open the second half.

30. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 28

vs. Washington: Last week’s poll asked whether Williams was ranked too high, too low, or just right at #28. A total of 55% of the 132 response said that he was ranked too high. Then came the Washington game. He caught a touchdown pass, which is the only thing that is preventing me from dropping him to 39th. He dropped a pass that hit him right in the hands, and he was responsible for Tony Romo’s interception.

29. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 29

vs. Washington: Phillips didn’t get involved in the passing game as he did last week. However, he made a nice tackle on the opening kickoff.

28. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: Injured.

vs. Washington: Bennett was targeted twice but did not record a reception.

27. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 27

vs. Washington: Choice had one carry for one yard. Out of the Razorback

26. Alan Ball, S

Last week: 26

vs. Washington: Ball had one special teams tackle against the Redskins.

25. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 25

vs. Washington: Scandrick is still something of a weak link in the secondary. Teams seem to have some success throwing to slot receivers that Scandrick is covering. That said, Scandrick came through on a blitz, hitting Jason Campbell and ending a Washington drive.

24. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 24

vs. Washington: Carpenter had three tackles against Washington. He isn’t spectacular, but he’s been solid.

23. Doug Free, T

Last week: 21

vs. Washington: The defense had a better game than the Dallas line, which is why Spears and Hamlin moved up a bit. Free appeared to have a pretty good game against Washington.

22. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 20

vs. Washington: No penalties this week for Adams. That’s always good.

21. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 22

vs. Washington: Spears had two tackles and a QB hurry. He’s been around the ball more frequently in the past couple of games.

20. Ken Hamlin, S

Last week: 23

vs. Washington: Hamlin had four tackles and an assist. He hasn’t missed any tackles in the past two games since his return from an ankle injury. Hamlin was burned by TE Fred Davis in the first quarter, getting sucked in a run fake and allowing Davis to catch an out for an 18-yard gain.

19. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 19

vs. Washington: Crayton’s 16-yard reception gave the Cowboys a first down on the team’s opening offensive drive following Newman’s interception. Crayton has become a fair-catching machine on punt returns, though.

18. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 18

vs. Washington: All three of McBriar’s punts were downed inside the 20. McBriar didn’t have the numbers to support a Pro Bowl selection, but he has had a great year.

17. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 14

vs. Washington: Sensabaugh didn’t record a single tackle against the Redskins, which was a bit of a surprise.

16. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 17

vs. Washington: Kosier made some nice blocks, but not on short yardage plays. Albert Haynesworth gave Kosier fits on a couple of plays.

15. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 16

vs. Washington: Davis made his third consecutive Pro Bowl, and the line in general had a pretty good game against Washington. Then there’s this matter of short yardage.

14. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 15

vs. Washington: Gurode earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection this week. But like Kosier and Davis, the short yardage problems hurt the line’s reputation a bit.

13. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 13

vs. Washington: Olshansky had one tackle, two assists, a half-sack, and a QB hurry. Pretty good for an end in a 3-4 system.

12. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 12

vs. Washington: Newman won’t drop this week thanks to his interception. However, he would have had trouble grabbing a flag from Santana Moss, let alone tackling Moss.

11. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 11

vs. Washington: Jones may be emerging at just the right time. He had 58 yards on 10 carries, giving him 594 yards this year on only 101 carries.

10. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 8

vs. Washington: It’s so tempting to move Jones ahead of Barber, who had 17 carries for 63 yards with one touchdown. Barber also struggled in the area where he has always been strongest: short yardage. However, until Jones shows that he can take over the load from Barber rather than just complement Barber, I think Barber should be a bit ahead of Jones.

9. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 10

vs. Washington: Witten had the play of the game, hauling in a pass and racing for a 69-yard gain. The play set up the Cowboys’ second touchdown, which effectively put the game out of reach. Witten is starting to look like the weapon he’s been in the past.

8. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 6

vs. Washington: Jenkins had four tackles and did not allow a significant reception. He’ll be on the Pro Bowl roster soon (maybe not this year, but down the road).

7. Jay Ratliff, NT

Last week: 7

vs. Washington: Ratliff demolished Campbell on one of Ratliff’s two sacks. He also had two tackles and two hurries in a solid game.

6. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 4

vs. Washington: Spencer helped to set the tone of the game, dropping Quinton Ganther for a loss on the first play of the game. Spencer finished with three solos, two assists, a half-sack, and two hurries in another solid game.

5. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 5

vs. Washington: Brooking is getting publicity (and getting mocked) for his pregame rant. Say what you want, he’s given this team some heart.

4. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 9

vs. Washington: James had a monster game with 12 tackles and a pass deflection. Given that the Cowboys recorded their first shutout in six years, we have to give James credit.

3. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 3

vs. Washington: Austin wasn’t spectacular, but his 9 receptions for 92 yards were crucial in keeping several drives alive. Austin most deservedly made his first Pro Bowl.

2. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 2

vs. Washington: Ware wasn’t the monster he was against the Saints, but the Redskins certainly had to account for him. Ware finished with one solo tackle and two assists (and a penalty for defensive holding, but it hardly mattered).

1. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 1

vs. Washington: The Cowboys are only going to go as far as Romo takes them. If he keeps up his performance from the past month, the playoff-win drought may very well end, no matter what seed the Cowboys have.

Note: The poll below initially asked which of the Pro Bowl selections is the most valuable. I inexplicably included Tony Romo instead of Jay Ratliff, which is what happens when one works on posts at 1 a.m. I added Ratliff but left Romo on the list.

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Relative Value Rankings After Week 15

Nick Folk's fall from grace is now complete.

Nick Folk's fall from grace is now complete.

After the Cowboys’ week 7 win over the Falcons, I ranked Nick Folk #24 in the Relative Value Rankings. At that point, I noted:

Folk was automatic again, kicking three field goals. One of the kicks was 46 yards. Solid.

That marked the last time that Folk was either automatic or solid as the kicker for the Cowboys. He was replaced earlier this week by Shaun Suisham, which creates a bit of a quandary for this week’s rankings. Should Suisham be rated higher than #39, which is where Folk was ranked last week? I went the other direction.

In last week’s post, I asked two questions. The first was which Cowboy should be ranked #1, and Tony Romo dominated the voting.

Released: K Nick Folk (#39 last week)

Inactives vs. San Diego: QB Stephen McGee, S Pat Watkins (#34 last week), CB Cletis Gordon, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Marc Colombo, LB Curtis Johnson, TE Martellus Bennett

45. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 40

vs. New Orleans: Procter didn’t play at all against the Saints. Too hard not to rank him last when he didn’t step on the field (unless he were, of course, the backup quarterback).

44. Shaun Suisham, K

Last week: n/a

I fully realize that this is very harsh, but Suisham is in a tough position this week. He simply cannot miss. On the other hand, he could easily be the hero by making all of his kicks. I am ranking him here just to reserve judgment.

43. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 44

vs. New Orleans: The younger Hamlin once again played on special teams, but he did not record a tackle.

42. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 43

vs. New Orleans: Unlike Procter, McQuistan played.

41. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 42

vs. New Orleans: Octavien did not record a tackle against the Saints.

40. Jason Williams, LB

Last week: 45

vs. New Orleans: Williams had two tackles against the Saints, both on special teams.

39. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 41

vs. New Orleans: Kitna still hasn’t played. At this point, we don’t want to see him.

38. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 35

vs. New Orleans: Butler was supposed to be the fill-in for DeMarcus Ware. He didn’t play as much as expected, though, and also didn’t record a single tackle.

37. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 30

vs. New Orleans: Siavii did not record a tackle against the Saints.

36. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 31

vs. New Orleans: Hatcher recorded one tackle in his return to Louisiana.

35. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 33

vs. New Orleans: No question that the snapping wasn’t to blame for Nick Folk’s problems.

34. David Buehler, K

Last week: 29

vs. New Orleans: Buehler kicked three of his five kickoffs into the end zone, and two were downed for touchbacks. I dropped him a few spots because he could not provide help in the field goal department.

33. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 25

vs. New Orleans: After a solid game against the Chargers, Bowen did not record a tackle.

32. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 32

vs. New Orleans: On a day when nine different Cowboys caught passes, Anderson remained a blocking fullback.

31. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 37

vs. New Orleans: Ogletree is getting some serious attention after his 17-yard reception that gave the Cowboys the ball at the New Orleans 26 on the team’s opening drive of the second half. He finished with two receptions for 23 yards.

30. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 36

vs. New Orleans: Hurd caught his first pass since the Seattle game. He also recorded a tackle on special teams.

29. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 38

vs. New Orleans: Phillips caught three passes in the second half, including a 23-yarder that moved the Cowboys to the New Orleans 22 with less than five minutes remaining. It was a rather unexpected performance, but we’ll certainly take it.

28. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 14

vs. New Orleans: Williams thinks he should be used more like Larry Fitzgerald. On a 3rd-and-4 play near midfield with his team needing to keep a drive alive, does Larry Fitzgerald drop a pass that hits him in the hands? How about any other “#1 receiver”? Frankly, I’m through with Williams, especially after that play. And to think I ranked him #14 last week!

27. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 24

vs. New Orleans: One carry, four yards. He isn’t getting any chances.

26. Alan Ball, S

Last week: 28

vs. New Orleans: Ball did not start at safety with the return of Ken Hamlin. Ball recorded one tackle on special teams.

25. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 27

vs. New Orleans: Scandrick led the team with seven solo tackles, with several of those tackles coming on short passes over the middle. Scandrick committed a costly penalty in the third quarter when he was called for illegal hands to the face, which negated an Anthony Spencer sack on a third down play. Dallas eventually forced the Saints to punt, though.

24. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 26

vs. New Orleans: Carpenter recorded two tackles and one pass defense, and a few people thought he had a good game. I thought he got torched by backup tight end David Thomas. Moreover, Reggie Bush ran right by Carpenter on the play when Bush injured his leg.

23. Ken Hamlin, S

Last week: Injured

vs. New Orleans: Hamlin returned from a high ankle sprain to record five solo tackles against the Saints.

22. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 20

vs. New Orleans: Spears was around the ball at little bit more than usual, but he only managed to record one assist.

21. Doug Free, T

Last week: 23

vs. New Orleans: Free hurt one drive with a holding call. Romo felt some pressure from his right, but Free was no worse than Flozell Adams in terms of pass protection.

20. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 21

vs. New Orleans: Flozell was called for a holding penalty along with a facemask penalty. He also tackled Marion Barber in the end zone after Barber had scored (!). On top of that, Will Smith ran right by Adams to sack Tony Romo. Not a great game for Flozell.

19. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 19

vs. New Orleans: Crayton made a great  catch in the first quarter to give Dallas the ball in New Orleans territory at a time when Dallas already led 14-0. Unfortunately, the Cowboys could go no further on the drive. Crayton did not have another catch all game, and his punt returning has been mediocre at best for the past several weeks.

18. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 12

vs. New Orleans: McBriar averaged only 36.2 yards on five punts, and only one of his punts landed inside the 20.

17. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 22

vs. New Orleans: The Cowboys had success running the ball up the middle, thanks in part to Kosier. He also did not commit a penalty.

16. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 18

vs. New Orleans: See Kosier.

15. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 17

vs. New Orleans: See Kosier, Davis.

14. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 16

vs. New Orleans: Sensabaugh didn’t have a bad game, which was good given his dreadful performance against San Diego. He had one solo and one assist against the Saints.

13. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 10

vs. New Orleans: Olshansky had one tackle against the Saints.

12. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 15

vs. New Orleans: Newman didn’t let any of the New Orleans receivers get the best of him, which was an improvement over last week. He had three tackles and a pass defense.

11. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 13

vs. New Orleans: Jones had 14 carries for 57 yards, and several people thought he should have carried the ball more. His kick returns have also improved, as he averaged 30 yards on three returns.

10. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 6

vs. New Orleans: Witten had five receptions for 44 yards, which has become very typical for him. He also dropped a pass or two and committed an offensive pass interference penalty, though the penalty was declined because the Saints accepted Flozell Adams’ facemask penalty. Witten is turning into much more of a workhorse than a weapon.

9. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 9

vs. New Orleans: James had six solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, and a pass defense. He is quietly doing his job.

8. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 11

vs. New Orleans: Barber had 17 carries for 62 yards and two short touchdown runs. He ran hard and managed not to pound his chest with every four-yard gain.

7. Jay Ratliff, NT

Last week: 4

vs. New Orleans: Ratliff didn’t manage a tackle or a sack, but he recovered Drew Brees’ final fumble of the game.

6. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 8

vs. New Orleans: Jenkins looks more and more like an elite corner. He recorded three pass defenses against the Saints and picked off Drew Brees to end a drive just after the two-minute warning near the end of the first half.

5. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 5

vs. New Orleans: Brooking had five solo tackles and three assists. He nearly had a couple of sacks as well.

4. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 7

vs. New Orleans: The nickname “Almost Anthony” stuck until the Green Bay game. Since then, he has made us forget all about Greg Ellis. His stats against the Saints: five solos, one assist, two sacks, two tackles for losses, three QB hurries, and a fumble recovery.

3. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 3

vs. New Orleans: On a national stage, Austin showed he was just as dangerous as all the weapons on the field. He had 7 receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown.

2. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 1

vs. New Orleans: Ware’s recovery from a neck sprain may turn out to be the stuff of legend. He picked up two huge sacks and caused two huge fumbles.

1. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 2

vs. New Orleans: Tip of the hat to those who voted last week. As great as Ware was last week, Romo deserves the #1 spot for a week. He recorded his 23rd career 300-yard game, including his seventh of the 2009 season.

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Relative Value Rankings After Week 14

It was another week with few great individual performances. Players dropping this week include Nick Folk and nearly every offensive lineman. One player making a jump: WR Roy Williams, who had a pretty good game.

Martellus Bennett ended upon the inactive list due to his injury, so he fell off the rating list for at least a week.

Inactives vs. San Diego: QB Stephen McGee, S Ken Hamlin, CB Cletis Gordon, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Marc Colombo, LB Curtis Johnson, TE Martellus Bennett

45. Jason Williams, LB

Last week: Inactive

vs. San Diego: Williams was active for the first time since week 5 vs. Kansas City. He did not record a tackle.

44. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 45

vs. San Diego: Hamlin saw a bit of action due to Pat Watkins’ knee injury, but Hamlin did not record a single tackle.

43. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 44

vs. San Diego: More special teams blocking.

42. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 43

vs. San Diego: Octavien recorded one special teams tackle.

41. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 42

vs. San Diego: Another week, still no action.

40. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 41

vs. San Diego: More special teams blocking.

39. Nick Folk, K

Last week: 31

vs. San Diego: There is plenty of sentiment that Folk should be released. Apparently, he will continue as the Cowboys’ kicker for another week.

38. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 40

vs. San Diego: Phillips was the second tight end due to Martellus Bennett’s concussion. Phillips was Tony Romo’s target on a third down play on the team’s opening drive, but Phillips was well covered.

37. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 39

vs. San Diego: Ogletree hasn’t had a reception since week 10 vs. Green Bay. He also did not have a return or a special teams tackle.

36. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 37

vs. San Diego: Hurd’s last reception was the 36-yard touchdown against the Seahawks. He recorded one special teams tackle and one assist against the Chargers.

35. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 38

vs. San Diego: Butler recorded two defensive tackles and an assist on special teams. He replaced DeMarcus Ware when Ware went out with an injury. The drop-off in quality was significant.

34. Pat Watkins, S

Last week: 30

vs. San Diego: Watkins suffered a knee injury and will miss two to four weeks.

33. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 36

vs. San Diego: Nobody has suggested that the field goal problems fall on Ladouceur. The snap on Nick Folk’s missed field goal looked fine.

32. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 35

vs. San Diego: There were some suggestions last week that Anderson should be more involved with the ball, but that didn’t happen against the Chargers.

31. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 34

vs. San Diego: Hatcher recorded one assist against San Diego.

30. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 33

vs. San Diego: Siavii recorded one tackle.

29. David Buehler, K

Last week: 32

vs. San Diego: Two of Buehler’s kickoffs went into the end zone, and one was downed for a touchback. Buehler is not likely to kick field goals this week, but the team has taken a look at him.

28. Alan Ball, S

Last week: 28

vs. San Diego: Ball had four tackles and two assists. He also made a nice play on a deep pass to Malcom Floyd. Overall, it was not a bad game for Ball.

27. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 26

vs. San Diego: Scandrick had one tackle on special teams. He wasn’t torched as bad as Terence Newman was.

26. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 27

vs. San Diego: Carpenter had three tackles.

25. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 29

vs. San Diego: Late in the first half, Bowen recorded a sack near midfield, which helped to prevent the Chargers from scoring before the half.

24. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 23

vs. San Diego: Two carries, 11 yards. He is not going to get many opportunities.

23. Doug Free, T

Last week: 25

vs. San Diego: The Chargers ran some blitzes from the right side of the Cowboys’ line. Free wasn’t beaten badly, but the pressure was certainly there.

22. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 19

vs. San Diego: Kosier was called for illegal hands to the face in the first quarter, which nearly ruined the team’s first drive of the game. None of the linemen had a good game.

21. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 20

vs. San Diego: Adams wasn’t called for a penalty, which is a good thing. No offensive lineman deserves much credit this week, though.

20. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 21

vs. San Diego: Spears had three tackles, including one for a loss on LaDainian Tomlinson.

19. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 16

vs. San Diego: Crayton scored late in the game, but that was during mop-up duty.

18. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 14

vs. San Diego: Three runs from the one-yard line went right behind Davis. All three failed. Enough said.

17. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 13

vs. San Diego: Gurode wasn’t any better than Davis in moving the San Diego line around.

16. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 11

vs. San Diego: This was Sensabaugh’s worst game with the Cowboys. His pass interference on Malcom Floyd set up San Diego’s first touchdown. Sensabaugh was also burned on Antonio Gates’ touchdown that put the Chargers on top for good.

15. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 10

vs. San Diego: Yes, Newman had a pick that gave the Cowboys a chance to score late in the second quarter. But Newman also had all sorts of problems with Malcom Floyd and Vincent Jackson.

14. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 22

vs. San Diego: Williams had 74 yards on four receptions, including a 25-yarder that set up the Cowboys’ first touchdown.

13. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 18

vs. San Diego: Jones had a nice opening kickoff, gaining 41 yards on the return. It set up the Cowboys’ field goal. Jones led the team with 51 yards on 10 carries.

12. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 17

vs. San Diego: Three punts, 50.3-yard average. And it turns out that McBriar wasn’t the problem on field goals.

11. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 9

vs. San Diego: No chest-pumping when the team’s leading running back can’t gain a yard to tie the game. Barber only had 47 yards on 14 carries.

10. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 15

vs. San Diego: Three solos and two assists, with one tackle for a loss. Solid.

9. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 12

vs. San Diego: Two solos with three assists. Nothing great, but nothing bad.

8. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 7

vs. San Diego: Jenkins didn’t have a great game, but he was in better position to make plays than Newman was. Jenkins looked awfully short against the likes of Vincent Jackson, who made a great reception over the top of Jenkins late in the first quarter.

7. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 8

vs. San Diego: Spencer had another good game with five solos and an assist. It will be interesting to see how he performs if DeMarcus Ware can’t play against New Orleans.

6. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 6

vs. San Diego: Witten was back to his usual form: four receptions, 49 yards, no touchdowns.

5. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 5

vs. San Diego: Brooking led the team in tackles with six solos and an assist. But it turns out that his leadership hasn’t made much of a difference now that it is December.

4. Jay Ratliff, NT

Last week: 3

vs. San Diego: Ratliff only had one tackle and one assist against the Chargers. Dallas needed more.

3. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 1

vs. San Diego: Austin had six receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. One of the forgotten plays occurred early in the game. With Dallas facing a 2nd-and-22 from the Dallas 47, Romo found Austin for 18 yards to help keep the drive alive. Those are the types of plays that make Austin so valuable.

2. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 4

vs. San Diego: Romo has performed quite well in two consecutive December games. The numbers: 60 of 85, 641 yards, 5 TD, 0 Int. Passer rating of 111.9. That’s solid.

1. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 2

vs. San Diego: Scary moment with Ware being carted off in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys had no clue how to stop the Chargers once Ware went out, which shows just how valuable Ware is.

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Relative Value Rankings After Week 13

No real reason to celebrate individual performances after a bad team loss to the Giants last week. Most of the rankings remain the same as last week, though there are a few adjustments at the top.

Inactives vs. N.Y. Giants: QB Stephen McGee, S Ken Hamlin, CB Cletis Gordon, LB Jason Williams, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Marc Colombo, LB Curtis Johnson

45. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 44

Poll rating: 1.56

vs. N.Y. Giants: Hamlin did not record a tackle against the Giants.

44. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 45

Poll rating: 1.67

vs. N.Y. Giants: McQuistan saw action as a blocker on special teams.

43. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 43

Poll rating: 1.56

vs. N.Y. Giants: Octavien recorded two assists on special teams. He also recovered the onside kick attempt at the end of the game, but Sam Hurd had touched the ball illegally.

42. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 42

Poll rating: 1.78

vs. N.Y. Giants: There is a good chance that Kitna won’t take the field this year. He also doesn’t hold field goals, so he couldn’t take Mat McBriar’s job in that area.

41. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 41

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. N.Y. Giants: Procter played on special teams yet again.

40. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 40

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. N.Y. Giants: Phillips caught the second pass of his career. The eight-yarder early in the game was his first catch that gained yards.

39. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 37

Poll rating: 1.90

vs. N.Y. Giants: Ogletree returned two kickoffs, averaging 15.0 yards per return.

38. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 39

Poll rating: 1.90

vs. N.Y. Giants: Butler recorded two tackles on special teams. However, he was also called for holding on a kickoff return, negating a long runback by Felix Jones.

37. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 36

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. N.Y. Giants: Hurd recorded one tackle on special teams.

36. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 38

Poll rating: 3.33

vs. N.Y. Giants: Ladouceur isn’t the problem on the field goal unit. The holder apparently is, though.

35. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 35

Poll rating: 2.90

vs. N.Y. Giants: Anderson recorded two assists on special teams.

34. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 34

Poll rating: 2.82

vs. N.Y. Giants: Hatcher recorded one QB hurry.

33. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 33

Poll rating: 2.50

vs. N.Y. Giants: Siavii did not record a tackle against the Giants.

32. David Buehler, K

Last week: 32

Poll rating: 3.82

vs. N.Y. Giants: None of Buehler’s five kickoffs made it to the end zone. Buehler also reportedly won’t get a chance to kick field goals, despite Nick Folk’s problems.

31. Nick Folk, K

Last week: 31

Poll rating: 2.50

vs. N.Y. Giants: The one-time automatic Folk missed two field goals against the Giants. One was a 57-yarder, but the other was a 42-yarder that the team really needed. Part of the problem has apparently been Mat McBriar’s holding, so Tony Romo will apparently take over the holder job.

30. Pat Watkins, S

Last week: 30

Poll rating: 2.80

vs. N.Y. Giants: Watkins did not record a tackle against the Giants. Watkins missed a key tackle on Domenik Hixon’s punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

29. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 29

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. N.Y. Giants: Bowen did not record a tackle.

28. Alan Ball, S

Last week: 28

Poll rating: 2.60

vs. N.Y. Giants: Ball recorded two defensive tackles and another tackle on special teams. The team may not miss Ken Hamlin’s missed tackles, but the team’s coverage over the middle has suffered with Ball replacing Hamlin.

27. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 26

Poll rating: 3.08

vs. N.Y. Giants: Carpenter had one assist on defense and one special teams tackle.

26. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 25

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. N.Y. Giants: Scandrick recorded three tackles against the Giants. He didn’t give up any big plays, though his play will be a concern during the next two weeks.

25. Doug Free, T

Last week: 24

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. N.Y. Giants: The Giants only sacked Tony Romo twice, with Free playing just fine.

24. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 23

Poll rating: 2.75

vs. N.Y. Giants: Bennett suffered a concussion against the Giants after catching two passes for 20 yards.

23. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 22

Poll rating: 4.09

vs. N.Y. Giants: Choice only carried the ball twice in a bad rushing performance by the entire team. There are many different opinions about how the team should use Choice, but he probably won’t see more touches barring injury to one of the other backs.

22. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 27

Poll rating: 2.40

vs. N.Y. Giants: Williams had six receptions for 60 yards, including two touchdowns. Williams very nearly had a third touchdown, but Romo overthrew him.

21. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 21

Poll rating: 3.27

vs. N.Y. Giants: Spears had one assist. He has not done much at all to stand out this year.

20. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 20

Poll rating: 3.45

vs. N.Y. Giants: Adams’ personal foul on Justin Tuck was embarrassing for the entire team.

19. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 19

Poll rating: 3.82

vs. N.Y. Giants: None of the linemen performed well, especially in the run game. Kosier managed to record a tackle on Osi Umenyiora’s return of Marion Barber’s fumble.

18. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 18

Poll rating: 3.91

vs. N.Y. Giants: Jones seemed very hesitant when running the ball. He only managed six yards on six carries.

17. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 15

Poll rating: 4.18

vs. N.Y. Giants: McBriar only averaged 26.4 yards on five punts, but three of those punts were downed inside the 20. He had a 59-yard punt in the fourth quarter, but Hixon returned that punt 79 yards for a touchdown. McBriar also lost his job as a holder this week (reportedly).

16. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 17

Poll rating: 3.18

vs. N.Y. Giants: Crayton only had two receptions for 24 yards. Crayton fair caught four punts.

15. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 16

Poll rating: 4.00

vs. N.Y. Giants: Olshansky had one assist on defense.

14. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 13

Poll rating: 4.36

vs. N.Y. Giants: Like other linemen, Davis didn’t have a terrible game in terms of pass blocking, but the running game never got going.

13. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 12

Poll rating: 4.25

vs. N.Y. Giants: See Davis, Leonard.

12. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 14

Poll rating: 3.73

vs. N.Y. Giants: James had five solo tackles and two assists. He wasn’t fast enough to run down Brandon Jacobs on Jacobs’ 74-yard catch-and-run.

11. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 10

Poll rating: 4.15

vs. N.Y. Giants: Sensabaugh recorded five tackles and an assist, though he missed a tackle (after being held) on Jacob’s touchdown reception.

10. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 8

Poll rating: 4.25

vs. N.Y. Giants: Newman didn’t have a great game against Steve Smith. Newman also misjudged a pass that Hakeem Nicks caught for a touchdown in the second quarer.

9. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 6

Poll rating: 4.00

vs. N.Y. Giants: Barber had 36 yards on 15 carries. His fumble in the second quarter was very costly. Several people are growing tired of Barber pounding his chest after each three-yard gain.

8. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 9

Poll rating: 4.31

vs. N.Y. Giants: Spencer’s stat sheet was full: five tackles, two tackles for losses, three QB hurries, and a forced fumble.

7. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 7

Poll rating: 4.25

vs. N.Y. Giants: Jenkins had a huge interception in the third quarter.

6. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 11

Poll rating: 4.50

vs. N.Y. Giants: Witten had one of the most productive games of his career, catching 14 passes for 156 yards.

5. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 1

Poll rating: 4.68

vs. N.Y. Giants: Brooking only had only one tackle and two assists against the Giants.

4. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 5

Poll rating: 4.36

vs. N.Y. Giants: Romo completed 74.5% of his passes (41 of 55) for a career-high 392 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Pretty good, except for the L.

3. Jay Ratliff, NT

Last week: 2

Poll rating: 4.43

vs. N.Y. Giants: Ratliff recovered a fumble that set up a touchdown. He had a tackle and two assists as well.

2. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 4

Poll rating: 4.54

vs. N.Y. Giants: Ware tied for the team lead with seven total tackles and had six solos. He also had the team’s only sack.

1. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 3

Poll rating: 4.67

vs. N.Y. Giants: Austin had his fourth 100-yard game of the season. He is on pace to gain 1237 yards on 69 receptions. In fact, it is possible that Austin could surpass 1355 yards, which was what Terrell Owens had during his most productive season in Dallas.

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Relative Value Rankings After Week 12

The Cowboys’ offense had a resurgence this week, but few players made huge leaps forward. On the other side of the ball, Anthony Spencer continues to impress and has moved up to #9.

Most of the complaints about these rankings have focused on my treatment of injured players. After giving it some thought, I’ve decided to remove any inactive player from the list, even if that inactive player will return later this season. Thus, Ken Hamlin does not appear on this week’s ranking, even though he should return soon.

Inactives vs. Oakland: QB Stephen McGee, S Ken Hamlin, CB Cletis Gordon, LB Jason Williams, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Marc Colombo, LB
Curtis Johnson

45. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 46

Poll rating: 1.60

vs. Oakland: McQuistan has replaced Doug Free on special teams. At least he’s active.

44. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 47

Poll rating: 1.40

vs. Oakland: Hamlin was active for the second time this season against the Raiders. He recorded a tackle on a kickoff return following Felix Jones’
touchdown run.

43. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 45

Poll rating: 1.60

vs. Oakland: Octavien showed up on the television screen, but he did not show up in the stat column.

42. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 44

Poll rating: 1.60

vs. Oakland: Tony Romo may end up taking every snap this season, so Kitna hasn’t done anything more than Stephen McGee.

41. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 43

Poll rating: 2.14

vs. Oakland: Procter remains a special teams player and nothing else.

40. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 41

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. Oakland: Blocking tight end. Nothing remarkable to note.

39. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 40

Poll rating: 2.29

vs. Oakland: Butler did not manage a tackle against the Raiders. He has done very little to note since sacking Donovan McNabb.

38. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 39

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. Oakland: Nick Folk missed another field goal, but it had nothing to do with the snap.

37. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 37

Poll rating: 2.10

vs. Oakland: Ogletree turned heads by making some big plays on bubble screen passes in a couple of earlier games. He turned more heads in a negative sort of way when he dropped a punt against the Raiders. That’s a good way to become inactive again.

36. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 36

Poll rating: 2.40

vs. Oakland: Hurd managed one tackle on special teams. He hasn’t caught a pass since scoring against the Seahawks.

35. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 35

Poll rating: 2.56

vs. Oakland: Anderson made a solid block on Raider linebacker Kirk Morrison in the first quarter, which helped to spring Tashard Choice on a 66-yard run out of the Razorback. On the next play, though, Anderson was called for holding.

34. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 42

Poll rating: 2.14

vs. Oakland: Hatcher managed a solo tackle and an assist against the Raiders. He has not made headlines, but Hatcher can make plays from time to time. He very
nearly recorded a sack, but Anthony Spencer got to Bruce Gradkowski just before Hatcher.

33. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 38

Poll rating: 2.56

vs. Oakland: Siavii did not manage a tackle against the Raiders.

32. David Buehler, K

Last week: 34

Poll rating: 2.80

vs. Oakland: Five kickoffs, with three in the end zone and three touchbacks. Solid.

31. Nick Folk, K

Last week: 31

Poll rating: 2.20

vs. Oakland: Folk missed yet another field goal. Though the 49-yarder hit the upright, a miss is a miss. This marked the third consecutive game that Folk has missed a field goal.

30. Pat Watkins, S

Last week: 33

Poll rating: 2.60

vs. Oakland: Watkins recorded a defensive tackle and a special teams tackle. His play on the coverage units is especially impressive when you can watch the entire field at a live game.

29. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 32

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Oakland: Bowen recorded one tackle on defense.

28. Alan Ball, S

Last week: 28

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Oakland: Ball recorded one tackle. He nearly had an interception when he stepped in front of a Bruce Gradkowski pass early in the second quarter. The negatives: he gave up the Raiders’ lone touchdown pass, and he was called for holding on a punt return.

27. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 30

Poll rating: 1.50

vs. Oakland: Two receptions, 15 yards. He might have been the victim of pass interference on one play, and he managed to make two very nice receptions. The second of those was for a touchdown and put the game away. That said, he appears to have trouble getting off the line.

26. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 26

Poll rating: 3.20

vs. Oakland: Surprisingly, Carpenter did not record a tackle against the Raiders.

25. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 26

Poll rating: 3.30

vs. Oakland: Scandrick recorded two tackles and one pass defense.

24. Doug Free, T

Last week: 23

Poll rating: 3.30

vs. Oakland: Trevor Scott recorded two sacks, and at least one of those was on Free. Otherwise, Free appeared to do a good job on run blocking, though he had help from Bennett and Witten.

23. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 24

Poll rating: 3.89

vs. Oakland: Just as soon as you think Bennett will get more involved with the offense, Jason Witten reemerges, and Bennett goes without a reception. I moved Bennett up a spot because he helped Free on the blocking scheme.

22. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 22

Poll rating: 2.82

vs. Oakland: Choice made a great play when he lined up in the Razorback, found a seam, and took off for a 66-yard gain. He ran out of gas towards the end, though, and the play only set up a field goal. Earlier, Choice also made a nice tackle on a punt return.

21. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 21

Poll rating: 3.33

vs. Oakland: Spears make one solo tackle and one assist. His value is probably best judged by some factor other than stats, but it is tough to make figure out what this is. He does not always command a double-team, so it must be something else.

20. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 18

Poll rating: 3.36

vs. Oakland: In the second quarter, Tony Romo found Marion Barber in the flat, and Barber raced 42 yards to the Oakland 28. Next play: False start, #76, offense. You should have heard the groans.

19. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 16

Poll rating: 3.40

vs. Oakland: Kosier had a role in both of the Cowboys’ long runs (Choice’s first-quarter run and Jones’ touchdown run). However, Kosier also committed two costly penalties, including one for illegal hands to the face, which moved the team out of field goal range.

18. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 20

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. Oakland: Jones outplayed fellow Razorback Darren McFadden. Felix scored on a 46-yard touchdown run and finished the game with 68 yards on 7 carries. He’s about to lose the "Fragile Felix" nickname, though he did leave the field late in the game when he was poked in the eye.

17. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 15

Poll rating: 3.53

vs. Oakland: Crayton had a very quiet game and did not manage to make a reception. He averaged nine yards per return on four punt returns.

16. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 19

Poll rating: 3.62

vs. Oakland: Unlike Spears, Olshansky contributions are pretty noticeable. He managed three tackles against the Raiders.

15. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 17

Poll rating: 3.71

vs. Oakland: Of six punts, four ended up inside the 20.

14. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 14

Poll rating: 3.73

vs. Oakland: James had two solo tackles and three assists against the Raiders. Solid day at the office.

13. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 11

Poll rating: 3.80

vs. Oakland: The Raiders never made much of a push up the middle, and Davis did not appear to make any mistakes.

12. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 12

Poll rating: 3.87

vs. Oakland: Gurode’s performance was just as strong as Davis’. Gurode had a slightly higher rating last week, so I moved him up a spot.

11. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 13

Poll rating: 3.93

vs. Oakland: Witten had his first 100-yard receiving day in a year against the Raiders, which was surprising given that he was a game-time decision.

10. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 9

Poll rating: 3.73

vs. Oakland: Sensabaugh recorded four solo tackles and two assists with one pass defense.

9. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 10

Poll rating: 3.93

vs. Oakland: He’s "Almost Anthony" no more! One week after recording a game-clinching interception, Spencer recorded two sacks, six solo tackles, and two assists. Two of his tackles were for losses, and he hurried the quarterback three times.

8. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 8

Poll rating: 3.80

vs. Oakland: The Raiders are not especially strong at the receiver position, but Newman had a solid game.

7. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 7

Poll rating: 3.93

vs. Oakland: See Terence Newman’s note.

6. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 5

Poll rating: 3.81

vs. Oakland: Barber finished with 61 yards on 14 carries. He also had a 42-yard pass reception.

5. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 4

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. Oakland: Romo made the plays he needed to make. However, he was nearly picked off in the second quarter when he tried to drill a pass to Williams on a slant pattern. Fortunately for Romo, SS Tyvon Branch and DE/OLB Trevor Scott ran into one another before either could make the pick.

4. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 3

Poll rating: 4.40

vs. Oakland: Ware only managed one sack and one tackle. However, he hurried Gradkowski four times and was in the backfield on several other plays.

3. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 6

Poll rating: 3.20

vs. Oakland: Seven receptions for 145 yards. Austin was the catalyst on several huge drives. In the second quarter, with the Cowboys facing a 3rd-and-11, Austin took a short pass and managed to plow his way forward for a first down. Two plays later, Austin caught a 27-yard pass that set up Jones’ touchdown run. Austin caught three passes on a drive later in the quarter, including a nine-yard score with less than 40 seconds left in the first half.

2. Jay Ratliff, NT
 
Last week: 2

Poll rating: 4.44

vs. Oakland: Ratliff recorded four solos and an assist, along with one QB hurry.

1. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 1

Poll rating: 4.94

vs. Oakland: Six solos and three assists, with one QB hurry. He has become the team’s vocal leader, and hopefully the team is listening more to him now that the season has reached December.

 

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Relative Value Rankings After Week 11

Dallas has had two consecutive poor performances on offense, so the rankings
of the offensive players had to take a hit. One player taking a dive this week:
WR Roy Williams. Two others were running backs Felix Jones and Tashard Choice.
On the other hand, Martellus Bennett jumped up a few spots.

On defense, the team has shown improvement in nearly every area. Anthony
Spencer had another very solid game and rose in the rankings as a result. The
top player for the week is perhaps a bit of a surprise.

The Cowboys released kick returner Allen Rossum this week and replaced him
with cornerback Cletis Gordon. Thus, Rossum falls off the relative value ranking
list.

53. Cletis Gordon, CB

Last week: n/a

Poll rating: n/a

vs. Washington: This is Gordon’s second appearance on the Cowboys’ roster,
with him appearing in the week 5 win over Kansas City.

52. Duke Preston, C

Last week: 52

Poll rating: 1.40

vs. Washington: Inactive.

51. Montrae Holland, G

Last week: 50

Poll rating: 1.40

vs. Washington: Inactive.

50. Stephen McGee, QB

Last week: 49

Poll rating: 1.50

vs. Washington: Third quarterback.

49. Jason Williams, LB

Last week: 48

Poll rating: 1.70

vs. Washington: Inactive. He still has not played since week 5.

48. Curtis Johnson, LB

Last week: 45

Poll rating: 1.50

vs. Washington: After being active for two weeks, Johnson was inactive
against the Redskins.

47. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 46

Poll rating: 1.70

vs. Washington: Hamlin was active for the first time of his career against
the Redskins. He did not record a tackle.

46. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 51

Poll rating: 1.40

vs. Washington: McQuistan finally made the active roster. He filled in for
Doug Free on special teams.

45. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 47

Poll rating: 1.60

vs. Washington: Octavien picked up a special teams tackle against the
Redskins.

44. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 44

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. Washington: Backup quarterback. Even with Romo being banged up, Kitna
still has not stepped on the field.

43. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 43

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. Washington: Backup lineman who plays on special teams.

42. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 41

Poll rating: 2.20

vs. Washington: Hatcher did not record a tackle against the Redskins.

41. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 40

Poll rating: 2.20

vs. Washington: Third tight end. He did not have a reception but was targeted
on one play early in the fourth quarter.

40. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 39

Poll rating: 2.20

vs. Washington: Butler recorded a tackle and an assist against the Redskins.

39. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 38

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. Washington: The snap on Nick Folk’s missed field goal appeared to be
fine. Ladouceur just keeps doing his job.

38. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 42

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. Washington: Siavii had two tackles and an assist in his most active game
on paper.

37. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 36

Poll rating: 2.50

vs. Washington: Ogletree has been good for a few WR screen passes, but he has
not proven that he can catch the ball downfield. Moreover, he does very little
on special teams, especially compared with Sam Hurd and Pat Watkins.

36. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 35

Poll rating: 1.90

vs. Washington: Hurd recorded one special teams tackle against the Redskins.
He was not targeted on a single pass.

35. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 34

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Washington: Not to be so harsh about Anderson, but he really isn’t much
more valuable than John Phillips. Anderson has shown the ability to catch the
ball in the past, but he is never used in the passing game.

34. David Buehler, K

Last week: 31

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Washington: Buehler’s job is to kick the ball into the end zone. He did
so on one opportunity, but his kick to open the game was a line drive that Devin
Thomas returned 38 yards.

33. Pat Watkins, S

Last week: 37

Poll rating: 2.10

vs. Washington: Watkins recorded a tackle on defense and another tackle on
special teams. He earned a game ball at

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32. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 32

Poll rating: 3.10

vs. Washington: The unsung hero against the Redskins? That would be Stephen
Bowen, who tipped Jason Campbell’s pass that Anthony Spencer picked off to seal
the win.

31. Nick Folk, K

Last week: 27

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Washington: A special teams player is certainly a thankless job. But when
your field goal kicker’s misses hurt the team’s momentum in two consecutive
games, the kicker’s relative value has to suffer.

30. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 24

Poll rating: 1.90

vs. Washington: Granted, the passes to Williams haven’t been great, but the
guy just isn’t impressing anyone. Against the Redskins: 0 Rec., 0 Yds., 0.0
Ave., 0 TD.

29. Marc Colombo, T

Last week: 23

Poll rating: 3.42

vs. Washington: Colombo is going to have to fall a bit as long as he is
injured. There was not a huge dropoff between Colombo and Doug Free.

28. Alan Ball, S

Last week: 29

Poll rating: 2.30

vs. Washington: Ball filled in for Ken Hamlin at free safety. Ball did not
make any major mistakes, though he missed a couple of tackles, including a big
miss on Rock Cartwright on a big run in the second quarter. Ball finished the
game with two solos and an assist.

27. Ken Hamlin, S

Last week: 25

Poll rating: 2.30

vs. Washington: Hamlin missed the game with an ankle injury. His absence was
noticable.

26. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 28

Poll rating: 2.80

vs. Washington: Carpenter continues to make plays as a nickel linebacker. He
had three total tackles against the Redskins.

25. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 26

Poll rating: 2.10

vs. Washington: Scandrick had five tackles and an assist. He made a great
play in the second quarter to break up a pass to Malcolm Kelly on a play that
would have given Washington the ball in field goal range. On the other hand,
teams appear to pick on Scandrick on third-down plays a little bit too often. On
the same drive, Scandrick had trouble covering Santana Moss on a third down
play, and the pass to Moss set up the Redskins’ first field goal.

24. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 30

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. Washington: For much of the game, Bennett appeared to be the Cowboys’
best weapon. He caught three passes for 43 yards.

23. Doug Free, T

Last week: 33

Poll rating: 2.82

vs. Washington: Free had a solid game against Washington. He missed a block
on Andre Carter late in the game, but otherwise, he appeared to do a good job.

22. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 18

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. Washington: Choice deserves more carries than Jones, but Choice isn’t
being used. He had one carry for one yard against the Redskins.

21. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 22

Poll rating: 2.67

vs. Washington: Spears had two assists against the Redskins.

20. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 19

Poll rating: 2.58

vs. Washington: He had a pretty good opening kickoff return. After that…?

19. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 21

Poll rating: 3.08

vs. Washington: Olshansky had two solos and an assist against the Redskins.
One of his tackles in the third quarter resulted in a two-yard loss.

18. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 17

Poll rating: 3.08

vs. Washington: Adams had a pretty quiet game against the Redskins, though he
was called for holding in the second quarter.

17. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 15

Poll rating: 3.58

vs. Washington: McBriar only averaged 37.0 yards on six punts, but three of
those punts were downed inside the 20.

16. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 13

Poll rating: 2.67

vs. Washington: Kosier has not done very much to set himself apart during the
past few weeks. When the team gets a good push, it is more likely to come from
Andre Gurode and Leonard Davis rather than Kosier.

15. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 16

Poll rating: 2.67

vs. Washington: Crayton had only one reception, but it was huge as it won the
game for the Cowboys. Crayton had only one punt return, but he managed to gain
13 yards on it.

14. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 11

Poll rating: 3.58

vs. Washington: James had four tackles and four assists. He has taken a back
seat to Keith Brooking in terms of playmaking, but James has been solid.

13. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 10

Poll rating: 3.58

vs. Washington: Witten had a typical game: 5 rec., 43 yards. This is the
sixth time in 10 games that Witten has had exactly five receptions.

12. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 14

Poll rating: 3.08

vs. Washington: The Cowboys managed a few nice runs up the middle, and the
Redskins also weren’t able to get much pressure on Romo from the center or guard
position. However, the Redskins were missing Albert Haynesworth, so that had to
make Gurode’s job a bit easier.

11. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 12

Poll rating: 3.25

vs. Washington: Davis had a false-start penalty. He also gave up a sack early in the fourth quarter when Cornelius Griffin collapsed the pocket by running right through Davis. Davis otherwise had a solid game, as the Cowboys found room to run up the middle.

10. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 20

Poll rating: 3.67

vs. Washington: "Almost Anthony" didn’t have a sack, but he hurried Campbell,
made some key tackles in the run game, and then made the game-clinching
interception in the fourth quarter.

9. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 8

Poll rating: 4.00

vs. Washington: Rather surprisingly, Sensabaugh only had one assist and no
solo tackles.

8. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 9

Poll rating: 3.92

vs. Washington: None of the Redskins’ receivers hurt the Cowboys, and that
was thanks largely to Newman’s play. He only really bad play occurred in the
first quarter, when Devin Thomas got behind Newman after Campbell had escaped a
pass. Newman and secondary coach Dave Campo had a bit of an argument after the
series, and this was probably a result of the third-down play. Newman also
committed a costly penalty in the first quarter when he was called for illegal
contact.

7. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 7

Poll rating: 4.17

vs. Washington: Jenkins was just as effective as Newman in shutting down
Santana Moss et al. That said, Jenkins’ illegal contact penalty in the fourth quarter on a third down play could have been very costly had the Redskins made their field goal attempt.

6. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 4

Poll rating: 3.08

vs. Washington: Austin came up with some big catches late, but he had been
quiet for far too long in two consecutive games.

5. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 5

Poll rating: 3.31

vs. Washington: Barber ran hard, picking up 99 yards on 20 carries. His
fumble in the first quarter was costly, though. He also missed a block on a fourth down play in the fourth quarter, which led to Romo’s interception.

4. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 3

Poll rating: 3.62

vs. Washington: Romo didn’t fold in the fourth quarter, marching team down
for the game-winning score. It might not have come down to that final drive if
Romo were a little more accurate on his throws, which were too frequently off
target.

3. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 2

Poll rating: 4.62

vs. Washington: Ware had a solo tackle and three assists. He was also near
Campbell on several plays and just missed recording a sack.

2. Jay Ratliff, NT
 
Last week: 1

Poll rating: 4.69

vs. Washington: Ratliff had one assist and one quarterback hurry against the
Redskins. It was a rather quiet game for him, though he was also double-teamed
on several plays.

1. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 6

Poll rating: 4.08

vs. Washington: Brooking is playing out of his mind. On the first drive of
the game, he stopped Ladell Betts cold at the line of scrimmage, holding the
Redskins to a three-and-out. He finished the game with four tackles, four
assists, a sack, and three hits on Campbell. He would have had another sack, but
a penalty on Terence Newman negated the play.

Relative Value Rankings After Week 10: It's a Bear Market

Although the team as a whole looked poor against the Packers, there were a
few performances worth noting. Anthony Spencer had a strong game, but he
continues to miss making a big play by justthismuch. Steven Bowen and Bobby
Carpenter also made some good plays.

Otherwise, few players had performances that would justify moving them up in
the rankings. Injuries to Marc Colombo and Ken Hamlin also affected the
rankings.

Thanks as always to those who participated in

last week’s poll
. Please see the bottom of this post for this week’s poll.

53. Allen Rossum, KR

Last week: 53

Poll rating: 1.43

vs. Green Bay: Did not play due to injury. It would hardly come as a surprise
if Rossum was released.

52. Duke Preston, C

Last week: 52

Poll rating: 1.46

vs. Green Bay: Inactive. Preston has not played all season.

51. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 51

Poll rating: 1.55

vs. Green Bay: Inactive. Unless something changes before Sunday, McQuistan
will become the backup tackle on the active roster.

50. Montrae Holland, G

Last week: 50

Poll rating: 1.55

vs. Green Bay: Inactive. There was talk that Holland might get the start at
right guard had Leonard Davis moved to tackle, but that is not going to happen.

49. Stephen McGee, QB

Last week: 49

Poll rating: 1.75

vs. Green Bay: Third quarterback.

48. Jason Williams, LB

Last week: 47

Poll rating: 1.76

vs. Green Bay: Inactive.

47. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 46

Poll rating: 1.90

vs. Green Bay: Inactive.

46. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 48

Poll rating: 1.75

vs. Green Bay: With Ken Hamlin missing up to a month due to injury, Michael
Hamlin will make the active roster for the first time all season. Michael Hamlin
will play on special teams for now.

45. Curtis Johnson, LB

Last week: 43

Poll rating: 1.83

vs. Green Bay: Johnson recorded one special teams tackle, and that was merely
a matter of him touching Nick Collins down on an onside kick attempt late in the
game. Johnson was also called for an illegal block on a kickoff return.

44. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 42

Poll rating: 2.10

vs. Green Bay: Second quarterback. He still has not played this season.

43. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 45

Poll rating: 2.20

vs. Green Bay: Procter was another named mentioned as a possible starter due
to the injury, as some suggested that he might play right guard if Davis moved
to right tackle. That isn’t going to happen, and Procter is likely limited to
playing on special teams for now. I bumped him up a few spots because of his
higher poll rating.

42. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 41

Poll rating: 2.39

vs. Green Bay: Siavii did not record a tackle against the Packers.

41. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 40

Poll rating: 2.37

vs. Green Bay: Hatcher recorded one tackle early the game.

40. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 39

Poll rating: 2.32

vs. Green Bay: Phillips was again the third tight end.

39. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 36

Poll rating: 3.32

vs. Green Bay: After making a huge tackle at the end of the Philadelphia
game, Butler did not record anything against the Packers.

38. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 53

Poll rating: 3.17

vs. Green Bay: On Nick Folk’s missed field goal, the snap appeared to be just
a little bit high. That probably was not the reason for the miss, though, as Mat
McBriar took the blame after the game.

37. Pat Watkins, S

Last week: 34

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Green Bay: Watkins has experience as a starting safety, but the Cowboys
are going to start Alan Ball (a converted corner) to replace Ken Hamlin.

36. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 33

Poll rating: 3.52

vs. Green Bay: Dallas tried to go with another wide receiver screen to
Ogletree, who averaged 19 yards on three of these plays in the previous two
weeks. Against the Packers, the screen gained a yard.

35. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 31

Poll rating: 2.38

vs. Green Bay: Hurd disappeared from the stat sheet yet again. Hurd is more
involved on special teams than Ogletree, but Hurd has not done anything on
offense in the past two games.

34. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 32

Poll rating: 2.48

vs. Green Bay: Anderson is generally only asked to block, and he is not on
the field frequently enough to rank him along with all of the starters.

33. Doug Free, T

Last week: 44

Poll rating: 1.83

vs. Green Bay: Free is going to get the start at right tackle now that Marc
Colombo will be out for several weeks, if not the rest of the season.

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about Free’s performance last week. If Free performs well against the Redskins,
his value will jump way up.

32. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 38

Poll rating: 2.77

vs. Green Bay: Bowen had a solid game, recording a tackle, two assists, and a
sack. He even forced a fumble on the sack in the second quarter, but the Packers
recovered.

31. David Buehler, K

Last week: 29

Poll rating: 3.72

vs. Green Bay: Neither of Buehler’s kickoffs made it to the end zone. Buehler
was also injured while covering punts, and he might have to miss the Washington
game.

30. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 28

Poll rating: 2.47

vs. Green Bay: One reception for six yards. He is on pace to gain fewer than
200 receiving yards this year, which hardly qualifies him as a "weapon."

29. Alan Ball, S

Last week:

Poll rating: 2.55

vs. Green Bay: Ball did not record a tackle against the Packers. Ball has
been nothing more than a special teamer and backup corner, but he will start at
free safety for the next few games due to Ken Hamlin’s injury.

28. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 30

Poll rating: 3.00

vs. Green Bay: Carpenter recorded two tackles, an assist, and a sack. The
sack came on a third-down play after Green Bay had driven the ball in the third
quarter into Dallas territory.

27. Nick Folk, K

Last week: 26

Poll rating: 3.76

vs. Green Bay: Folk missed his only field goal attempt, and the miss turned
out to be significant. Dallas lost momentum after the miss.

26. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 25

Poll rating: 3.03

vs. Green Bay: Scandrick did not have a strong game. He was called for
defensive holding, illegal use of the hands, and pass interference. Two of those
penalties came on the Packers’ first touchdown drive. To his credit, Scandrick
sacked Rodgers late in the first quarter and caused a fumble. However, Mike
Jenkins was called for a penalty on the play for illegal hands to the face.

25. Ken Hamlin, S

Last week: 24

Poll rating: 3.15

vs. Green Bay: Hamlin overcame a groin injury and played against the Packers,
but then Hamlin suffered a high ankle sprain. Hamlin managed two tackles and two
assists before being injured.

24. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 23

Poll rating: 3.41

vs. Green Bay: Williams made a good play at the beginning of the game on a
19-yard gain. He also caught a touchdown late in the game. But then there’s the
matter of him fumbling the ball after what would have been a 42-yard gain. And
there’s the matter of a pathetic drop on a play that would have given the ball
to Dallas in Green Bay territory in the third quarter.

23. Marc Colombo, T

Last week: 21

Poll rating: 3.47

vs. Green Bay: Colombo will fall off this list while he recovers from a
broken fibula. The team will either miss him greatly or will find out that Doug
Free is as good as the scouts have advertised him.

22. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 20

Poll rating: 3.57

vs. Green Bay: Unlike Bowen, Spears did not record anything against the
Packers. It does not appear that he is ever double-teamed, but he never gets
much of a push on the pass rush or in run support.

21. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 22

Poll rating: 3.35

vs. Green Bay: Olshansky had a strong game, recording three tackles and two
assists.

20. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 27

Poll rating: 3.03

vs. Green Bay: "Almost Anthony" had a big game against Green Bay that could
have been bigger. He had seven tackles and an assist. Two of his tackles were
for losses. He nearly had a sack or two, and almost recorded an interception.

BTB
has a piece on Spencer as well.

19. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 18

Poll rating: 3.11

vs. Green Bay: I moved Jones below Tashard Choice based largely on the poll
rating from last week. The team is apparently unwilling to risk an injury to
Jones, so Jones gets very few touches. He had three carries for six yards
against the Packers. Jones has become a home-run hitter who has been asked to
bunt.

18. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 19

Poll rating: 3.56

vs. Green Bay: The Cowboys featured Choice in the "Razorback," but since
Dallas abandoned the run so early in the game, Choice only had three touches.

17. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 17

Poll rating: 3.80

vs. Green Bay: On several plays, the Packers brought pressure from Tony
Romo’s left. Adams did not appear to have a bad game, but it certainly was not a
dominant performance.

16. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 16

Poll rating: 3.58

vs. Green Bay: Crayton had four receptions for 52 yards, though most of that
came during garbage time.

15. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 15

Poll rating: 4.14

vs. Green Bay: Two of McBriar’s punts ended up inside the 20, and he had a
long punt of 51 yards.

14. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 13

Poll rating: 3.78

vs. Green Bay: Gurode gave up at least two sacks when Nick Barnett blitzed up
the middle.

13. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 14

Poll rating: 3.63

vs. Green Bay: Hard to tell whether the Cowboys could rush up the middle, but
the Packers were able to get pressure on Tony Romo up the middle. On at least
three plays, Kosier did not block anyone.

12. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 12

Poll rating: 3.84

vs. Green Bay: Similar to Gurode and Kosier, Davis’ value took a bit of a hit
because the team had trouble with pressure coming up the middle.

11. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 8

Poll rating: 3.88

vs. Green Bay: James led the team with 11 combined tackles. He had a lower
poll rating last week, so I dropped him a few spots. He has been solid as far as
making tackles, but he isn’t making any big plays. He has made one tackle for a
loss all season and still only has one sack.

10. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 6

Poll rating: 4.08

vs. Green Bay: Witten had five receptions for 47 yards. Half of the people
who participated in

my poll earlier this week
think that Jason Garrett is not using Witten
properly.

9. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 11

Poll rating: 4.03

vs. Green Bay: Though the Packers have plenty of weapons, none of them really
hurt the Cowboys thanks to the play of Newman and Mike Jenkins. Newman finished
the game with eight tackles.

8. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 9

Poll rating: 4.18

vs. Green Bay: Sensabaugh had two tackles and an assist against the Packers.

7. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 10

Poll rating: 4.41

vs. Green Bay: Jenkins suffered a bruised bicep and missed several plays
against the Packers. When he went out, the Packers picked on Scandrick, who was
called for two penalties. Jenkins looks like a player who will become an elite
corner.

6. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 7

Poll rating: 4.08

vs. Green Bay: Brooking had five tackles and five assists.

5. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 53

Poll rating: 3.93

vs. Green Bay: Barber was active early, but then the game stopped using the
run altogether.

4. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 4

Poll rating: 4.21

vs. Green Bay: Austin was a step in front of Atari Bigby on the Cowboys’
first drive, but Tony Romo’s pass went over Austin’s head. Austin was seldom
targeted after that and did not record his first reception until the fourth
quarter.

3. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 1

Poll rating: 4.34

vs. Green Bay: Romo had trouble getting on track all game. Much of that was
the result of pressure that the Packers put on Romo, but Romo also made some bad
decisions.

2. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 3

Poll rating: 4.32

vs. Green Bay: Ware recorded two sacks, which was expected against the
Packers. Ware now has seven sacks on the season and is on pace to finish with
12.

1. Jay Ratliff, NT
 
Last week: 2

Poll rating: 4.80

vs. Green Bay: Ratliff only had one tackle and one assist, but it was clear
that the Packers had to account for him. Given his poll rating of 4.80 out of 5,
I had to elevate him to #1 this week.

Relative Value Rankings After Week 9

Once again, the Cowboys had a number of heroes in the team’s 20-16 win over
the Eagles on Sunday. Not many big moves up or down, though the likes of Kevin
Ogletree and Victor Butler made some huge plays.

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53. Allen Rossum, KR

Last week: 53

Poll rating: 1.54

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive due to injury.

52. Duke Preston, C

Last week: 52

Poll rating: 1.60

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. He has not been active all season. Even with
Gurode’s injury, it does not appear that Preston is going to see action this
season.

51. Pat McQuistan, T

Last week: 51

Poll rating: 1.68

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. He has not been active all season.

50. Montrae Holland, G

Last week: 50

Poll rating: 1.77

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. He has not been active all season.

49. Stephen McGee, QB

Last week: 49

Poll rating: 1.75

vs. Philadelphia: Third quarterback. He has not seen action all season.

48. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 48

Poll rating: 1.81

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. He has not been active all season. With the play
of Pat Watkins and Alan Ball on special teams, it does not seem likely that
Hamlin will play any time soon.

47. Jason Williams, LB

Last week: 45

Poll rating: 1.96

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. He has not been active since the Kansas City
game.

46. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 44

Poll rating: 2.02

vs. Philadelphia: Inactive. This is the first time all season that Octavien
has not been active for a game.

45. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 46

Poll rating: 1.90

vs. Philadelphia: Proctor filled in briefly for an injured Andre Gurode
against the Eagles.

44. Doug Free, T

Last week: 43

Poll rating: 2.16

vs. Philadelphia: Reserve lineman. Nothing to note.

43. Curtis Johnson, LB

Last week: 47

Poll rating: 1.75

vs. Philadelphia: Johnson was active for the game against the Eagles and
recorded a tackle on special teams.

42. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 42

Poll rating: 2.00

vs. Philadelphia: Backup quarterback. He still hasn’t seen action, though it
common to see Romo consulting with Kitna on the sideline.

41. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 38

Poll rating: 2.47

vs. Philadelphia: Siavii played but did not record a tackle. He nearly made a
good play in the second quarter when he jumped into the backfiled, but he
completely missed a tackle on LeSean McCoy.

40. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 37

Poll rating: 2.69

vs. Philadelphia: Hatcher recorded one tackle against the Eagles.

39. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 41

Poll rating: 2.12

vs. Philadelphia: Third tight end. Phillips frequently fills in at fullback,
and there is no apparent drop off compared with Deon Anderson.

38. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 34

Poll rating: 2.64

vs. Philadelphia: Bowen recorded one tackle, but it was significant. With the
Eagles facing a 3rd and 4 from the Dallas 31, Bowen crashed and brought down
LeSean McCoy for just a one-yard gain. It forced the Eagles to settle for a
field goal.

37. Alan Ball, CB

Last week: 36

Poll rating: 2.73

vs. Philadelphia: Ball was near the ball on several special teams plays, but
he did not record a tackle.

36. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 39

Poll rating: 2.54

vs. Philadelphia: Butler made a clutch tackle when he tripped up Donovan
McNabb on a third down play late in the game. You get the feeling that Butler’s
stock is going to jump through the roof.

35. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 35

Poll rating: 3.10

vs. Philadelphia: Solid snapping yet again.

34. Pat Watkins, S

Last week: 33

Poll rating: 2.94

vs. Philadelphia: Watkins recorded one tackle on special teams.

33. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 40

Poll rating: 2.70

vs. Philadelphia: Ogletree touched the ball three times against the Eagles
and showed quite a burst on all three plays. His six-yard run on a reverse,
followed by a 21-yard reception on a WR screen, helped to set up the Cowboys’
first touchdown. Ogletree also gave the Cowboys a first down deep in Eagle
territory late in the first half on another screen, though the Cowboys had to
settle for a field goal.

32. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 32

Poll rating: 2.88

vs. Philadelphia: Anderson’s holding penalty in the first quarter wiped out a
10-yard run by Tashard Choice. Anderson was replaced by John Phillips on the
next play. To his credit, though, Anderson made one of the blocks that allowed
Choice to score later in the drive. Anderson was finally the target of one of
Tony Romo’s passes, but Romo overthrew Anderson on a dump-off pass.

31. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 28

Poll rating: 3.31

vs. Philadelphia: After catching a touchdown pass against Seattle, Hurd was
never targeted as a receiver and did not record a tackle on special teams.

30. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 31

Poll rating: 2.92

vs. Philadelphia: Carpenter recorded two tackles against the Eagles. He is
doing a good job as a nickel linebacker and has started making plays pretty
regularly.

29. David Buehler, K

Last week: 29

Poll rating: 4.00

vs. Philadelphia: Buehler was not able to put the ball in the end zone, but
he recorded two tackles on kickoffs.

28. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 25

Poll rating: 3.06

vs. Philadelphia: Bennett was the target of two passes, including a screen,
but he did not catch a pass.

27. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 27

Poll rating: 3.29

vs. Philadelphia: Spencer recorded two tackles, but Almost Anthony missed an
opportunity to bring Donovan McNabb down on a 2nd-and-4 play that resulted in a
45-yard gain for LeSean McCoy. The Eagles took the lead after scoring at the end
of the drive. Spencer was hurt later in the game.

26. Nick Folk, K

Last week: 24

Poll rating: 3.62

vs. Philadelphia: Folk made both of his field goal attempts.

25. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 23

Poll rating: 3.54

vs. Philadelphia: Scandrick was part of a strong effort by the Dallas
secondary, but he did not record at tackle or a pass defense. He had good
coverage on Jason Avant on a play in the second quarter, but Scandrick was
unable to get his hand up quickly enough to knock the pass down.

24. Ken Hamlin, S

Last week: 26

Poll rating: 3.27

vs. Philadelphia: I did not see Hamlin miss any tackles, but he received
credit for only one tackle against Philadelphia (and that was thanks to Hamlin
touching a play who was already down). On another play, Hamlin tackled Leonard
Weaver short of a first down on a third-and-long play, but the entire play was
called back due to a Philadelphia penalty.

23. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 30

Poll rating: 2.39

vs. Philadelphia: Williams was involved early, catching a 21-yard pass on a
3rd-and-8 play on the opening drive. Williams was targeted eight times and
caught five passes for 75 yards. That’s a little bit more like what the team
would like to see from him.

22. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 22

Poll rating: 3.38

vs. Philadelphia: Olshansky recorded two tackles against the Eagles.

21. Marc Colombo, T

Last week: 20

Poll rating: 3.94

vs. Philadelphia: Two false start penalties did not help Colombo. Juqua
Parker recorded a sack on Dallas’ opening possession, and Columbo was standing
near the play without blocking anyone. To his credit, though, Colombo made a
great block on a WR screen to Ogletree late in the first half.

20. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 17

Poll rating: 3.60

vs. Philadelphia: Spears recorded two tackles against the Eagles.

19. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 21

Poll rating: 3.60

vs. Philadelphia: Choice carries three times for 13 yards and a touchdown. He
lined up in the Razorback, the Cowboys’ version of the Wildcat.

18. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 18

Poll rating: 3.73

vs. Philadelphia: Jones had 10 rushing yards against the Eagles. There is
some sentiment that Choice right now has surpassed Jones, at least until Jones
can get on track. I’ll give it one more week.

17. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 16

Poll rating: 3.91

vs. Philadelphia: Once again, no penalties. This streak of no
penalties in the past three games is nearly as impressive as Romo’s previous
streak of three games without a pick.

16. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 15

Poll rating: 4.02

vs. Philadelphia: Another big win, another big play. Crayton’s 64-yard
reception set up the Cowboys’ field goal at the end of the first half.

15. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 19

Poll rating: 4.15

vs. Philadelphia: I am tempted to move McBriar even higher. McBriar’s punting
was huge against the Eagles. He punted towards the sideline most of the game,
and his kicks had great hang time (see

here
). DeSean Jackson only managed one punt return for nine yards. Of
McBriar’s 35 punts, 20 have landed inside the 20.

14. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 10

Poll rating: 4.04

vs. Philadelphia: The Dallas rushing game has not been as dominant as it was
during the early part of the season, and the Eagles sacked Romo four times.
Kosier allowed one of those sacks when Jason Babin got to Romo in the second
quarter. That said, when Dallas needed to run the ball to kill the clock, Marion
Barber ran left.

13. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 9

Poll rating: 4.11

vs. Philadelphia: Gurode was injured for part of the game.

12. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 8

Poll rating: 4.12

vs. Philadelphia: Davis pulled to his left on the Cowboys’ first touchdown,
and his block allowed Tashard Choice to score easily.

11. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 13

Poll rating: 4.07

vs. Philadelphia: Newman lined up over DeSean Jackson most of the game, and
Jackson managed only two receptions. Newman made a huge hit on tight end Brent
Celek. The hit was so hard, in fact, that I had to rewind the game to make sure
it wasn’t really Gerald Sensabaugh.

10. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 12

Poll rating: 4.20

vs. Philadelphia: Jenkins recorded one of the Cowboys’ interceptions and
pretty much shut down Jeremy Maclin.

9. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 14

Poll rating: 4.29

vs. Philadelphia: Even with a cast on his hand, Sensabaugh recorded an
interception. He led the team with six tackles as well.

8. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 6

Poll rating: 4.17

vs. Philadelphia: James recorded five tackles in another solid effort.

7. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 5

Poll rating: 4.58

vs. Philadelphia: Brooking recorded five tackles against the Eagles.

6. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 7

Poll rating: 3.85

vs. Philadelphia: Witten’s numbers weren’t terribly impressive, as he caught
seven passes for only 43 yards. However, he caught a big third-down reception on
the Cowboys’ first scoring drive, and when the team needed three yards at the
end of the game, Romo went to Witten to get five. Witten also should have had a
touchdown near the end of the first half.

5. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 11

Poll rating: 3.54

vs. Philadelphia: Barber’s yards were huge (50 rushing yards, 20 receiving
yards), but he made some vintage Marion Barber runs where he patiently found a
running lane and then hit that lane hard. His three runs at the end of the game
helped to

close the game
.

4. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 2

Poll rating: 4.57

vs. Philadelphia: Another huge play for Austin, as he caught a 49-yard
touchdown pass that turned out to be the game winner.

3. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 3

Poll rating: 4.48

vs. Philadelphia: Ware didn’t record a sack, but he pressured McNabb on
several plays. He also had three tackles and an assist.

2. Jay Ratliff, NT
 
Last week: 4

Poll rating: 4.35

vs. Philadelphia: Ratliff was a monster, recording five tackles and two sacks
against the Eagles.

1. Tony Romo, QB
KL
Last week: 1

Poll rating: 4.49

vs. Philadelphia: Romo’s 88.7 passer rating wasn’t as impressive as his
previous three games, but when the team needed him, Romo came through. He threw
for 307 yards, marking the 20th game in which he has surpassed the 300-yard
mark.

 

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