Monday, November 21, 2011
Stock Report: Dan Bailey up; special teams down
By Calvin Watkins
Back from D.C. and the Cowboys' 27-24 victory over the Washington Redskins has pushed them into first place in the NFC East. As always we have our weekly Stock Report where we tell you who is playing well and who isn't.
Dan Bailey. The man can't miss. He's made 24 consecutive field goals including the game-winner in overtime. His kickoffs are pretty good too. Of his six kickoffs, five reached the end zone and there were two touchbacks. Bailey's calm demeanor allowed him to block out the Redskins timeout prior to the game-winning kick.
Tony Romo. Romo threw for 292 yards on Sunday but converted three touchdowns and hit Martellus Bennett and Dez Bryant on some big plays on the game-winning drive. Romo isn't forcing throws into coverage and is taking command of not only the offense but the team.
Dez Bryant. The second-year receiver broke off his route and made himself available for Romo to make a pass in overtime that eventually setup a Bailey field goal. Bryant finished with just three catches for 68 yards, but defenses are worried about him and that's giving opportunities for other players to produce.
Mat McBriar. He's playing with a bad left foot and he made a key stop of Brandon Banks on a return by pushing him out of bounds. He booted a season-low 23 yard punt and his net average of 24.1 was the lowest of the season. McBriar is normally money but Sunday he was off.
Special teams unit. McBriar punting the ball directly to Banks, who returned one 55 yards, there was a 27-yard kickoff return, another special teams penalty, Phillip Tanner for holding, and the poor return game. While there is so much praise for Bailey, the return game and coverage units have struggled.
Orlando Scandrick. Yes he did have an interception, but he struggled in the slot and covering outside on Sunday. Scandrick said it was not one of his best efforts and he might be pressing a little bit. The return of Mike Jenkins could take some pressure off Scandrick.