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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Dallas Cowboys: Week 11 player rankings

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

IRVING - It’s pretty clear the defense is the best and most consistent unit on this team, and it’s demonstrated in the weekly player rankings.

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

1. DeMarcus Ware: He didn’t have a huge game against a raggedy offensive line, but delivered big hits on the quarterback a couple of times and helped sack Nick Foles, leading to a fumble and a touchdown in the final minute to clinch the win.
Last Week: 1

2. Bruce Carter: He has become a beast ever since Sean Lee was ruled out for the season. Carter had 10 tackles, including two for loss, and played what is becoming his typical sideline-to-sideline game.
Last Week: 3

3. Anthony Spencer: This is more about Carter’s emergence than anything Spencer did to drop. Still, Spencer teamed with Ware for a sack and forced the fourth-quarter fumble that Jason Hatcher recovered in the end zone to clinch the win.
Last Week: 2

4. Jason Witten: Only one of Witten’s receptions went for more than nine yards, and he has gone 45 receptions between touchdowns. But you can’t put a price on the comfort he gives Tony Romo.
Last Week: 6

5. Tony Romo: That’s consecutive quality performances by Romo, who has gone two games without an interception for the first time this season. He’s also had consecutive games with a passer rating above 100 for the first time this season.
Last Week: 7

6. Brandon Carr: He’s played pretty well, overall, the past few weeks and delivered his first interception and his first touchdown of the season with a terrific fourth-quarter play against Eagles.
Last Week: 8

7. Jay Ratliff: The nose guard was a lot more active this week, but he still only had two tackles. The Cowboys need more pressure up the middle from Ratliff.
Last Week: 9

8. Miles Austin: His 25-yard catch after Romo’s improbable scramble was among the game’s biggest plays. Twelve catches of 20 yards or more leads the team
Last Week: 5

9. Jason Hatcher: He fell on a fumble in the end zone for a clinching tackle, and he drew a penalty on a third-down play in the third quarter that essentially forced Philadelphia to settle for a field goal instead of a 14-point lead.
Last Week: NR

10. Dez Bryant: He remains on pace for his first 1,000-yard season. His diving 30-yard catch for a touchdown was one of the game’s big plays and his 49-yard catch set up a field goal. More important, he didn’t have any big miscues this week.
Last Week: NR