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Monday, December 24, 2012
Stock Report: Tony Romo up; DeMarco Murray down

By Calvin Watkins

The Cowboys still control their destiny despite a 34-31 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Here's our weekly stock report of who played well and who didn't.

Streaking
STOCK UP

Tony Romo. The starting quarterback threw for 416 yards and finished with a quarterback rating of 123.8. He made two bad throws the whole game and was hurt by a few drops. Romo continues to play well when the game is on the line and he rallied the Cowboys late to force overtime.

Dez Bryant. We can't say enough about the wide receiver. He caught nine passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Bryant is playing so smoothly right now that nobody should worry about whether he gets a catch in a quarter. Bryant is playing like he has a command of the offense.

Jason Witten. Witten set the single-season mark with 103 catches for a tight end when he grabbed six catches for 60 yards and no touchdowns. Witten remains a constant threat in the passing game and a reliable target for Tony Romo.

Slumping
STOCK DOWN

DeMarco Murray. He fumbled for the second consecutive week and this time it cost the Cowboys. His third quarter fumble led to a Saints touchdown. He finished with 40 yards on 11 carries. Murray didn't have a good game Sunday and that's a rarity.

Miles Austin. The No. 2 receiver had two miscues with the ball. He caught the game-tying touchdown, but for most of the game you weren't sure if he was on the field. Austin is a better player than he showed Sunday.

Eric Frampton. He didn't box out Jimmy Graham on a loose ball and didn't play well overall in the secondary as a starter. He finished with just two tackles from the safety position. Frampton should have played better. Maybe the Cowboys should have started Charlie Peprah.