Friday, November 29, 2013
Three Up, Three Down
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After a Thanksgiving Day 31-24 victory, the Dallas Cowboys get a week off before their next game on Dec. 9. With that, we have our weekly Three Up, Three Down report on who played well and who didn't.
Lance Dunbar. Before the No. 2 running back went down with a sprained knee, he rushed 12 times for 82 yards. He also had one catch for 12 yards. Dunbar was a productive player by showing his speed and ability to make defenders miss. His presence was badly needed.
Tyron Smith. The starting left tackle is having a strong season. We're not sure if it's Pro Bowl worthy, but quarterback Tony Romo praised Smith for his efforts on Thursday night. Smith also recovered a Dez Bryant fumble.
Jason Hatcher. He's played well all season, and he had a tackle for loss and two tackles overall. Hatcher beats double-teams and is taking pressure off the other unknown players along the defensive line. His leadership skills can't be talked about enough as well.
Terrance Williams. He fumbled the opening kickoff, which led to a fumble return for a score by Greg Jenkins. Williams didn't lose the gig and did finish with 61 yards on two returns, but he's got to protect the ball given how dicey the Cowboys' offense can be sometimes.
Secondary. Nothing personal, but wide receiver Andre Holmes, who was cut by the Cowboys, caught seven passes for 136 yards and rookie quarterback Matt McGloin threw for 255 yards and wasn't afraid to challenge the secondary down the field.
Ernie Sims. The starting middle linebacker finished with two tackles. Yes, he's never played the position full-time, but he's a veteran player who should produce more than this.