Dallas Cowboys: Stock Report

ATLANTA -- The Cowboys come home after a 19-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night.

As always, we review the team in our weekly Stock Report.

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Bruce Carter. Do the Cowboys miss Sean Lee? Of course they do, but on a national stage, Carter was fantastic. He had 10 tackles, nine solo, two tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Carter is the new signal caller with Lee out for the season and he paired up well with Ernie Sims at inside linebacker.

Jay Ratliff. Sometimes you forget about the nose tackle and all that he does. He didn't have a tackle, but he knocked quarterback Matt Ryan down, he drew double-teams, even when he returned after spraining an ankle. He's the meanness for this defense and he played through a balky ankle in a game where theCowboys needed him.

Tony Romo. It's easy to blame Romo for interceptions because he is the quarterback. But despite a few bad throws -- he missed a wide open Miles Austin along the sidelines with a high throw -- Romo played a solid game. He threw for 321 yards and missed just 10 out of 35 pass attempts. He also moved well out of the pocket to avoid pressures, like on his touchdown throw to Kevin Ogletree.

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Orlando Scandrick. When his night was over, Scandrick missed an open-field tackle and committed a defensive holding penalty in the fourth quarter. Scandrick took the blame for the mistakes, but you can't miss open-field tackles and he shouldn't have held Roddy White.

Jason Garrett. The head coach picked a bad time to have his offense put up another stinker. With speculation swirling about his job status with the potential availability of Sean Payton, Garrett's offense mustered just 65 yards rushing and despite Tony Romo's 321 passing yards, there was just one touchdown and three field goal attempts.

The wide receivers. Bad plays in the passing game are not solely on the quarterback. We had an Austin drop on third down, and Dez Bryant had just one catch. How does that happen? Ogletree had a touchdown, thanks to Tony Romo moving out of the pocket. This is a talented group that needed to make more plays.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Cowboys are now 3-3 and still in the playoff hunt -- well, almost everybody is -- after a 19-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

That means it's time for our weekly Cowboys Stock Report, where we take a look at whose stock is moving up and whose is moving down.

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Dan Bailey --Yes, the Cowboys kicker made clutch kicks all afternoon, including the go-ahead 38-yard field goal with 53 seconds to play. Bailey also had kicks of 19, 49 and 28 yards. On the season, Bailey is 8-for-9, with the lone missing coming on a 51-yarder in the closing moments in Baltimore. There doesn't appear to be any sophomore slump for Bailey.

Morris Claiborne -- The rookie cornerback recorded his first interception of the season on a bad throw to the end zone from Cam Newton. Claiborne also made a clutch play in the fourth quarter, getting away with some contact and knocking down a fourth-down pass intended for Louis Murphy.

Bruce Carter -- Sean Lee gets so much credit in the middle of the defense, and he should, but Carter has also looked good this season. With Lee out because of a toe injury, Carter filled and called the signals and finished with five total tackles and one tackle for loss.

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Running game -- The Cowboys rushed for a 85 total yards Sunday at Carolina, but neither Felix Jones nor Phillip Tanner averaged more than three yards per carry. As a team, the Cowboys averaged 2.7 per carry. It's the third time in the last four weeks the Cowboys failed to average more than three yards a carry.

Kevin Ogletree -- Jason Garrett said a finger injury led to the No. 3 receiver getting some bench time in favor of Dwayne Harris. But it's clear Ogletree has morphed back into what he is -- an inconsistent receiver. He finished with four catches for 27 yards.

Jason Garrett -- It's one thing to mismanage the game in Baltimore, but he was too conservative late in the game Sunday in Carolina. He said coverage was the reason why the Cowboys didn't take one more shot down the field, instead asking Bailey and the defense to secure the victory. It worked out this time, but over the next few weeks games against the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, Garrett will have to call plays that get his team into the end zone.
BALTIMORE -- As the Cowboys return from a terrible 31-29 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, we review in our weekly Stock Report who played well and who didn't.

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Felix Jones. We've bashed Mr. Jones every week it seems, but Sunday afternoon he was outstanding. He rushed 18 times for 92 yards and one touchdown. He didn't get any kick returns, but that's OK because when DeMarco Murray went down with a sprained foot, it was Jones who carried the running game.

Offensive line. For about two weeks, this unit was hit hard by the fans and media for its poor play. Yes, there were some penalties, Doug Free and Tyron Smith, but overall it paved the way for 227 rushing yards, the most allowed by the Baltimore Ravens in their history and quarterback Tony Romo wasn't under as much duress as he'd been in previous games.

Dez Bryant. It's easy to put Bryant down for the dropped two-point conversion pass, but he did catch 13 passes for 95 yards and picked up his first two scores of the season. Bryant continues to be a force in the passing game, but it's the little things, like the drop, that keep him from being elite.

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Jason Garrett. If he wants people to believe he's the man for the job he can't make mistakes the way he did Sunday with clock management. Or clock mismanagement if you will. Garrett should have ran one more play in the closing seconds of regulation but didn't and it raises more questions about whether he can help this team.

Special teams. The difference in the game in the second half at least was the 108-yard kick return for a touchdown by Jacoby Jones. The Ravens held the ball just four times in the second half, and Jones' touchdown gave the Ravens a 24-13 lead in the third quarter. Dan Bailey's 51-yard miss also comes to mind, though it was in the wind, but still it was within his range. He made a 51-yarder last year.

Brandon Carr. Carr was beat on a long pass play to Anquan Boldin when he slipped down after providing a strong jam at the line of scrimmage. But Carr hasn't played well the last two weeks. He's a good cover corner, but it seems Carr is giving up too many plays. Carr is a confident player, so that's not the problem.

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