Dallas Cowboys: 2012 Weekly Roster Rankings

IRVING -- After their worst performance of the season as a team, there’s a lot of shuffling in the weekly rankings. Most of the movement has to do with guys moving up only because someone else played worse.

One of the team’s highest-profile players dropped out, while one of the guys with a low profiles made the top 10 for the first time.

Each week, during the season, I rank my top 10 players on the roster based on their performances this season.

1. Sean Lee: The Cowboys’ most consistent player. Each week he brings it at the highest level possible. A team-high 14 tackles against the Bears.
Last Week: 3

2. DeMarcus Ware: Another sack and forced fumble, but not enough impact against a mediocre left tackle such as JaMarcus Webb.
Last Week: 1

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3. Anthony Spencer: If you don’t think the Cowboys missed him, then look at some of Victor Butler's work against the Bears’ running game.
Last Week: 2

4. Miles Austin: Jason Garrett must find a way to target him more often, regardless of the double coverage he gets. He has three touchdowns in four games.
Last Week: 8

5. Bruce Carter: He showed some toughness by returning after a hip pointer with some help from a pain-killing injection.
Last Week: 5

6. Brandon Carr: Torched by Brandon Marshall. For now, consider it an aberration.
Last Week: 4

7. DeMarco Murray: He has 104 yards on 41 carries in the last three games and has been dropped for a loss 11 times. If he wasn’t terrific, the numbers would be even worse.
Last Week: 7

8. Jason Hatcher: Two tackles and was one of the reasons the Bears averaged just 3.3 yards per carry on 29 attempts.
Last Week: 10

9. Sean Lissemore: Finished with four tackles and helped anchor the middle of the defensive line.
Last Week: 9

10. Brian Moorman: What a great first impression after signing with the Cowboys last week. He dropped two of his three punts inside the 10 and Devin Hester had one return for eight yards.
Last Week: 6
IRVING, Texas -- With the defense thriving and the offense struggling, it should surprise no one that the defense dominates this week’s player rankings. For the third straight week, we have a new player at the top. My suspicion is he might stay here for awhile.

Each week, during the season, I’ll rank my top 10 players on the roster based on their performances.

1. DeMarcus Ware: Two sacks and two forced fumbles -- the epitome of an impact player.
Last Week: 2

2. Anthony Spencer: Continues to be a difference-maker each week, and led the team in tackles. His drop from the top spot is the result of Ware’s play, not anything Spencer has done.
Last Week: 1

3. Sean Lee: The definition of a playmaker. His interception set up the offense’s only touchdown drive, and he’s a tackling machine.
Last Week: 4

4. Brandon Carr: Spent most of the game at safety as if he’d been there his entire career. The reality: He hadn’t played safety since the 11th grade.
Last Week: 7

5. Bruce Carter: At least once a week, Carter makes a play that makes you go, “Wow.”
Last Week: 6

6. Tony Romo: The offense has produced two touchdowns in eight quarters. We know the offensive line has been shaky, but Romo must play better.
Last Week: 3

7. DeMarco Murray: It’s hard to fault the runner when he gets dropped for a loss seven times in 18 carries.
Last Week: 5

8. Miles Austin: Recorded his first 100-yard game of the season and is the team’s only receiver with at least one 20-yard reception in every game.
Last Week: 8

9. Sean Lissemore: Finished with three tackles and a pressure.
Last Week: 9

10. Jason Hatcher: Only credited with a tackle and a pressure, but he was around the ball all day and made himself a disruptive force.
Last Week: NR
IRVING -- With one excellent performance and one raggedy performance this season, there’s quite a bit of movement in the roster rankings, including a new No. 1.

Each week, during the season, I’ll rank my top 10 players on the roster based on their performances this season.

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1. Anthony Spencer: Although he wasn’t blocked on either sack attempt, no one will remember at the end of the season. Plus, he had a tackle for loss and two other hits on QB Russell Wilson.
Last Week:2

2. DeMarcus Ware: His streak of 11 consecutive road games with a sack ended, but he did have eight tackles, including one for a loss.
Last Week: 3

3. Tony Romo: His BFF Jason Witten betrayed him at least three drops, and the offensive line wasn’t much better. He failed to find a rhythm all day.
Last Week: 1

4. Sean Lee: Recorded a team-high 14 tackles and missed only two plays after the devastating hit Golden Tate delivered. The epitome of toughness.
Last Week: 5

5. DeMarco Murray: With only four second-half carries, he didn’t get a chance to inflict much damage
Last Week: 4

6. Bruce Carter: Continues to play well as a starter and tied for the team lead with four solo tackles in addition to a tackle for loss. The dropped interception in the first quarter hurt.
Last Week: 10

7. Brandon Carr: Tate and Sidney Rice combined for six catches and 71 yards. Pedestrian.
Last Week: 7

8. Miles Austin: Scored a touchdown for the second consecutive game, but caught only 5 of 10 passes thrown his way. He finished with 63 yards and no drops.
Last Week:NR

9. Sean Lissemore: Finished with 10 tackles, an absurd number considering he played only 38 snaps. His high motor is evident each week.
Last Week:NR

10. Tyron Smith: The only offensive lineman who didn’t have that many issues much of the day. His false start penalty was a big one.
Last Week:NR
IRVING -- The Cowboys have played just one game, and there were some surprisingly good performances from unheralded players such as Kevin Ogletree and Bruce Carter.

Each week, during the season, I’ll rank my top 10 players on the roster based on their performances this season.

1. Tony Romo: 307 yards passing and three TDs without much help from his offensive line

2. Anthony Spencer: For a dude who didn’t get a sack, he turned in a dominating performance

3. DeMarcus Ware: He had two sacks and spent much of the night harassing Eli Manning

4. DeMarco Murray: 110 of his 130 yards came in the second half, and his electrifying 48-yard run was a huge momentum-killer for the Giants

5. Sean Lee: Recorded a team-high 10 tackles and his forced fumble, at the time, was huge

6. Kevin Ogletree: A career-high nine catches for 114 yards with two TDs and the game-clinching 3rd-down reception with less than two minutes remaining.

7. Brandon Carr: Pretty much did everything Rob Ryan and Jerry Jones expected from their high-priced free-agent acquisition

8. Dez Bryant: Ran a terrific route on his 38-yard grab late in the first half that set up the Cowboys’ first TD

9. Jason Hatcher: Huge sack in the fourth quarter and strong against the run

10. Bruce Carter: Made the first start of his career and showed why he beat out Dan Connor.

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