Stock Report: Sean Lee up; Tony Romo down

October, 2, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys have a bye week after their 34-18 loss to the Chicago Bears pushed them to 2-2 on the season.

We review the loss in our weekly Stock Report.

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Jason Witten. The return of the talented and elite tight end was welcomed as he caught 13 passes for 112 yards and one meaningless touchdown. You can say, why is Witten getting praised? No. 1, no drops. He leads the NFL with five. No. 2, he was targeted 14 times in the Bears game, meaning quarterback Tony Romo still has confidence in his favorite target.

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Cowboys LB Sean Lee discusses the play of the defense, focusing on their mistakes during the bye week and more.

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Sean Lee. He can be here every week. Lee had a season-high 10 solo tackles. He also had a tackle for loss, and if you're thinking about one of the NFC's Pro Bowl linebackers, look toward Lee. He also had a combined total of 14 tackles and played with a fury the entire night.

Danny McCray. Playing for the injured Barry Church, McCray finished second on the team with six total tackles, four solo, but some of those were in the open field, where if you don't perform well, a short gain can turn into a big one. McCray also tipped a pass in the end zone that negated a pass interference call on Brandon Carr.

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Tony Romo. Not all of the five interceptions he threw Monday night were his fault, but at least two were and there were some overthrows. Romo does a nice job of escaping the pocket, but his numbers were just bad. He completed 31 of 43 passes for 307 yards, but those picks put a damper on his night.

Dez Bryant. He had a career-high 105 yards, marking the second 100 yard game of his career, but he had two drops and it appeared he ran the wrong route, resulting in an interception. Bryant didn't score Monday night, and his mental mistakes overshadow his 100-yard receiving game.

Pass defense. Morris Claiborne got beat for a touchdown, the first of his career, thanks to the stop-and-go route by Devin Hester. Carr got beat up, too. Overall, Brandon Marshall had seven catches for 138 yards, Hester had a 34-yard score, rookie Alshon Jeffery made three catches for 32 yards and tight end Kellen Davis averaged 20.7 yards per catch on three receptions.
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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