Stock report: Miles Austin up, Felix Jones is down

September, 17, 2012
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SEATTLE -- The Cowboys' 27-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks is over, pushing both teams to 1-1 on the season. As always, we review with our weekly report.

Stock Up

Streaking
Miles Austin. The wide receiver picked up his second touchdown of the season, a 22-yarder that cut the Cowboys' deficit to 10-7 in the first half. Overall, Austin finished with five receptions for 63 yards and the touchdown. Jason Garrett continues to line Austin up in various formations -- mainly outside and in the slot -- and he excels.

Sean Lee. The inside linebacker finished with 14 combined tackles, including four solos. But he was on the receiving end of a hit by Seahawks WR Golden Tate, and that might make more news than anything else. Lee missed a few snaps after getting knocked down by Tate but later returned. Lee said the hit was questionable but said if he took on Tate one-on-one, he would most likely get the best of him.

Anthony Spencer. Spencer was tied with Bruce Carter and Lee for the team-lead with four solo tackles. Spencer finished with seven tackles but had two sacks, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hits. He also had a pass breakup. Spencer set the tone for second half with a sack on Russell Wilson and then he defended a pass to Sidney Rice on third down.

Stock Down

Slumping
Felix Jones. His fumble on the opening kickoff led to the first score of the game, a Seahawks field goal, and it went downhill from there. Jones averaged 21.8 yards a return and brought back two kicks from five and eight yards deep in the end zone when it was apparent he should have downed the ball.

Jason Witten. Witten dropped three passes out of 10 targeted attempts and made four catches for 58 yards. Witten doesn't appear to be 100 percent healthy, but he took a hard hit after one catch. He returned after missing a snap. Before the end of the first half, Witten went to the locker room but started the second half fine.

Special teams. Punter Chris Jones sent three of his five punts inside the 20, but he had one blocked that resulted in a score. Felix Jones' turnover led to a field goal, the first score of the game. Dez Bryant muffed a punt and averaged just 1 yard per return.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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