IRVING - Dez Bryant is in the midst of his best stretch of the season with consecutive 100-yard games for the first time in his career. He has four 100-yard performances in the last eight games, and four touchdowns in the last three games.
Each week, during the season, I rank my top 10 players on the roster based on their performances this season (Players on injured reserve are not included).
1. DeMarcus Ware: The Cowboys aren’t good enough for Demarcus Ware to be a guy who doesn’t show up in the stat sheet. He had just two tackles. With as many injuries as the Cowboys have, Ware must be a beast each of the next five games.
Last Week: 1
2. Anthony Spencer: While Ware wasn’t a huge factor, Spencer turned in a tremendous overall performance with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks. Wow.
Last Week: 2
3. Tony Romo: For a guy with no running game whatsover - six carries for 14 yards - Romo did a nice job in the second half, when the Cowboys ran the ball just once. He finished with three touchdowns and two interceptions, despite taking a physical beating after the Redskins sacked him twice and hit him nine times.
Last Week: 4
4. Dez Bryant: For now, we don’t need to ask who holds the title of No.1 receiver on this team. Bryant has four touchdowns in the last three games, and has consecutive games of 145 yards receiving.
Last Week: 8
5. Jason Hatcher: Hatcher had one sack and forced an intentional grounding. He’s been good all year, a rare bargain on the Cowboys.
Last Week: 7
6. Jason Witten: The one touchdown is bothersome. So are hte four false starts. But he remains a dependable chain-mover, who should catch 100 passes for more than 1,000 yards this season.
Last Week: 5
7. Brandon Carr: Finished with five tackles and spent some time at safety. He slipped on Pierre Garcon’s 59-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown.
Last Week: 6
8. Jay Ratliff: Another missed game. He’s turning into yet another example of why you don’t pay age in the NFL. A groin injury at his position is indication his body is breaking down.
Last Week: 9
9. Gerald Sensabaugh: He didn’t make enough plays this week, and with the injuries on defense all veterans must become more consistent playmakers.
Last Week: 10
10. Dan Bailey: All he does is make all of the kicks he’s supposed to make. He hit three Thursday, including a 51-yard kick. He’s made each of his 20 kicks under 50 yards this season.
Last Week: NR