Monday, December 31, 2012
Stock Report: DeMarco Murray up; Tony Romo down
By Calvin Watkins
LANDOVER, Md. -- The Cowboys season is over after a 28-18 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday night. With that we give you our final Stock Report.
DeMarco Murray. In the regular season finale, Murray produced 76 yards on 17 carries. He didn't score a touchdown, but he did a nice job of keeping the running game going while the score was close. It was clear Murray, while not 100 percent, is a playmaker in the Cowboys offense.
Dwayne Harris. With Miles Austin and Dez Bryant down with injuries, Harris moved up the depth chart and caught one pass for 25 yards. But he caught a two-point conversion to cut the Redskins deficit to three in the fourth quarter after his 39-yard punt return set it up.
Anthony Spencer. The outside linebacker picked up his 11th sack of the season in the fourth quarter and also had one quarterback hurry and two tackles for losses. With DeMarcus Ware nicked up with elbow and shoulder problems, Spencer was asked to make plays. Spencer finished with eight total tackles.
Tony Romo. He threw three interceptions, was sacked twice and finished with a quarterback rating of 55.9. His last pick led to a score and Romo is 1-6 in win-or-go homes games. Several of his passes looked off. Was he feeling the pressure of the big game?
Pass protection. There were struggles picking up the blitz up the middle and off the edge. The Cowboys knew the blitz was coming from different areas of the line, so it was no surprise. Still, the Cowboys were forced to max protect more than usual and Romo looked uneasy at times in the pocket.
Jason Garrett. The head coach/play caller, produced just seven first half points and didn't get enough points against a weak Redskins defense. Without two starting wide receivers and the offensive line struggling, Garrett was a hampered. However, we expected more from the Cowboys offense, given its elite tight end, solid quarterback and starting running back.