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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Dallas Cowboys: Top 10 players after Week 6

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

IRVING -- There was quite a bit of movement in the rankings this week because of a combination of the offensive progress against Baltimore and some of the Cowboys’ best players finally got healthy and playing to their talent.

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 had a quiet game with only five tackles, though he still tied for the team lead, and little impact after the first quarter.
Last Week: 1

2. DeMarcus Ware: He delivered a key third-down sack in the fourth quarter, but we didn’t see much of him before or after the sack.
Last Week: 2

3. Anthony Spencer: Victor Butler and Alex Albright are trying to replace his production. Thus far, they ain’t close.
Last Week:3

4. DeMarco Murray: After ripping off 90 yards in the first half, including a 28-yard run, a sprained foot limited him to one carry in the second half. He’ll miss Carolina, but the Cowboys hope he’ll return soon.
Last Week: 7

5. Miles Austin: Only two catches for 31 yards against Ravens. You have to wonder how much his balky hamstring is bothering him. No idea why Austin didn’t hustle to line of scrimmage during the final 21 seconds against Baltimore.
Last Week: 4

6. Bruce Carter: Tied for the team lead with five tackles and helped hold Ray Rice to 63 yards on 16 carries.
Last Week: 5

7. Jason Witten: Admittedly awful in the first three games as he recovered from a lacerated spleen, Witten has returned to beastmode the past two games with 19 catches on 21 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. He converted a pair of fourth-and-10 plays against Ravens in the fourth quarter.
Last Week: NR


8. Tony Romo: He threw another bad interception against the Ravens, giving him a league-high nine. He has an interception in every game this season, but Romo also completed 25 of 36 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns.
Last Week: NR

9. Brandon Carr: Torched by Anquan Boldin right before halftime and again in the fourth quarter, when the Ravens scored their final TD to take an eight-point lead. That’s consecutive sub-par performances for Carr.
Last Week: 4

10. Dez Bryant: He appears to be building toward a breakout performance. Bryant has a combined 21 catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns the past two weeks. Now, he needs a week with the production minus the drops and bad routes.
Last Week: NR