The Cowboys' 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals kept their playoff hopes within reach. With that, we give you our weekly Stock Report. Who played well, and who didn't?
DeMarco Murray. It wasn't the starting running back's 53 yards rushing that placed him on the list. It was his 6-yard run on a critical third-and-5 late in the game, allowing Dan Bailey to attempt the game-winning 40-yard kick that did it. In his second game back from a sprained foot, Murray showed some speed and lateral movement in the victory. If he remains healthy, he'll be a force in the final three games of the regular season.
Jason Garrett. The head coach was the rock the Cowboys needed all weekend. He addressed the team Saturday and Sunday and while he didn't want t,hem to forget Jerry Brown or Josh Brent, he made sure the team was focused on the task: Win a game and keep the postseason dream going.
Brandon Carr. He went to the funeral of Kassandra Perkins, the woman who was killed by Carr's former teammate Javon Belcher, on Saturday, then dealt with the incident involving Brent. Carr picked off an Andy Dalton pass and returned it 37 yards, leading to a Cowboys touchdown. It was a footnote in an otherwise emotional weekend for him.
Brian Moorman. The Cowboys punter had one of his worst games of the season. He finished with five punts for a 33.6 net average. Moorman had a 23-yard punt and two more for 27 yards. His best punt was the last one of the day, a 49-yarder to the Bengals 9.
Doug Free. The Cowboys aren't paying Free to become a rotating player. That's what he was Sunday with Jermey Parnell at right tackle. Free did play the last two series at right tackle, but it's clear Parnell's play is getting notice. It's putting Free on notice as well.
Rob Ryan. His unit struggled at times, but the defensive coordinator acted emotionally on the sidelines, resulting in a bench penalty in the third quarter. It's OK to get upset at the referees, but Ryan can't get caught up in what players are saying. He got into it with Bengals tackle Andre Smith as he approached the sidelines. After the two exchanged words, Ryan got flagged.