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Stock Report: Bruce Carter up; Orlando Scandrick down

11/5/2012

ATLANTA -- The Cowboys come home after a 19-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night.

As always, we review the team in our weekly Stock Report.

StreakingSTOCK UP

Bruce Carter. Do the Cowboys miss Sean Lee? Of course they do, but on a national stage, Carter was fantastic. He had 10 tackles, nine solo, two tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Carter is the new signal caller with Lee out for the season and he paired up well with Ernie Sims at inside linebacker.

Jay Ratliff. Sometimes you forget about the nose tackle and all that he does. He didn't have a tackle, but he knocked quarterback Matt Ryan down, he drew double-teams, even when he returned after spraining an ankle. He's the meanness for this defense and he played through a balky ankle in a game where theCowboys needed him.

Tony Romo. It's easy to blame Romo for interceptions because he is the quarterback. But despite a few bad throws -- he missed a wide open Miles Austin along the sidelines with a high throw -- Romo played a solid game. He threw for 321 yards and missed just 10 out of 35 pass attempts. He also moved well out of the pocket to avoid pressures, like on his touchdown throw to Kevin Ogletree.

SlumpingSTOCK DOWN

Orlando Scandrick. When his night was over, Scandrick missed an open-field tackle and committed a defensive holding penalty in the fourth quarter. Scandrick took the blame for the mistakes, but you can't miss open-field tackles and he shouldn't have held Roddy White.

Jason Garrett. The head coach picked a bad time to have his offense put up another stinker. With speculation swirling about his job status with the potential availability of Sean Payton, Garrett's offense mustered just 65 yards rushing and despite Tony Romo's 321 passing yards, there was just one touchdown and three field goal attempts.

The wide receivers. Bad plays in the passing game are not solely on the quarterback. We had an Austin drop on third down, and Dez Bryant had just one catch. How does that happen? Ogletree had a touchdown, thanks to Tony Romo moving out of the pocket. This is a talented group that needed to make more plays.