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Monday, December 17, 2012
Stock Report: Brandon Carr up; Danny McCray down

By Calvin Watkins


The Cowboys' playoff hopes are alive and well thanks to a 27-24 overtime win over the Steelers. With that, we give you our weekly Stock Report of who is up and who is down:

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STOCK UP

Brandon Carr. For the second consecutive week, Carr had an interception. This time, his pick of a Ben Roethlisberger pass set up Dan Bailey's game-winning field goal from 21-yards. Carr also had two pass breakups, and his solid play forced the Steelers to look toward the other side of the field.

DeMarco Murray. Want to know the value of the Cowboys' starting running back? He rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown in the victory. It seemed like Murray had 20 carries, but he touched the ball just 18 times. Murray continues to show he's getting better after missing six games because of a sprained foot. He's cutting across the grain and showing a burst.

Anthony Spencer. Every time the outside linebacker makes a big play, the cash register rings. Spencer, who could become a free agent after the season, had 1.5 sacks, one tackle for loss and three quarterback hurries. Overall, Spencer had one solo tackle, but he was a strong force Sunday.

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STOCK DOWN

Danny McCray. He led the Cowboys with six tackles, but he was taken off the field in the dime package and struggled at safety in pass coverage. McCray is one of the Cowboys' better special teams players, but on defense, the Steelers targeted passes his way at certain times.

Tyron Smith. The starting left tackle was penalized twice. The offensive line played well as evident by the few times Tony Romo was knocked around and how the running game produced 87 yards. Smith was good in pass coverage, but you have to curtail the penalties.

Brian Moorman. He had a net average of 36.2 yards. Antonio Brown's 29-yard punt return was negated by his fumble (nice play by Victor Butler in forcing it). Late in regulation, Moorman should have sent a punt out of bounds or inside the 20, but he booted it out of bounds for a touchback. It was the second time in the last three weeks in which Moorman didn't have a punt inside the 20.