Dallas Cowboys: Week 10 player rankings

November, 6, 2012
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IRVING -- Inside linebacker Bruce Carter was the best player on the Cowboys’ roster Sunday night, and DeMarcus Ware was a close second. The offense stunk again and this week's roster rankings reflect that.

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

1. DeMarcus Ware: If not for Bruce Carter's work, everyone would be raving about Ware's performance after he had four tackles, 1.5 sacks, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and two quarterback hit. Yikes.
Last Week: 1

2. Anthony Spencer: Another solid job by Spencer, who added a tackle for loss.
Last Week: 3

3. Bruce Carter: Sean Lee’s injury has helped Carter more than any of us ever imagined. He’s accepted the additional responsibility and is thriving. A dominant performance with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and he chased down Julio Jones at the end of a 48-yard catch-and-run. Wow.
Last Week: 5

4. Jason Witten: Has caught 50 of 59 passes for 476 yards the past five weeks. And he became the franchise’s reception leader against the Falcons. Too bad, it happened in a loss. he deserves better.
Last Week: 6

5. Miles Austin: Solid game with seven catches for 76 yards, but his third-down drop of a routine pass in the third quarter was among a handful of game-changing plays.
Last Week: 4

6. DeMarco Murray: The Cowboys hope he can play Sunday against Philadelphia. The fact he still ranks 6th, despite missing the last three games is an indictment of the Cowboys’ raggedy offense.
Last Week: 6

7. Brandon Carr: It was a rough night for the Cowboys' pass defense, but Carr allowed just two catches for 18 yards and did a nice job.
Last Week: 7

8. Tony Romo: Played his best game in weeks, finishing with a 109.3 rating with one touchdown and no interceptions. He took a sack instead of forcing a throw, and even threw a screen into the ground to avoid a bad play. Not perfect, but much better.
Last Week: 10

9. Jay Ratliff: Played through an ankle injury in the second quarter after aggravating his high-ankle sprain. He provided good pressure in the middle early, but did not record a tackle.
Last Week: 9

10. Morris Claiborne: The Falcons attacked him successfully, completing five passes for 95 yards. Roddy White beat him for 26 yards and Julio Jones got him for 38. But Claiborne didn't back down and nearly made a spectacular interception, while covering Jones.
Last Week: 9
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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