Stock Report: Secondary down, pass rushers up


Stock Report: Secondary down, pass rushers up
By Calvin Watkins – ESPN Dallas

At the end of a tiring night, the Cowboys were done chasing DeSean Jackson around the field and saw their goal of finishing .500 end with a 30-27 loss to the Eagles. We recap in our weekly Stock Report.

Stock Up

Outside linebackers
DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer had one of their better games as a duo on Sunday night. The pair might have been credited with just two quarterback hurries, both of those from Ware, but each got numerous pressures on Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. Ware’s blindside hit on Vick was the best hit of the game.

Tight ends
It seems the Eagles took the deep passing game away from the Cowboys so that left tight ends Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett to combine for 11 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Jon Kitna threw to the pair 12 times.

David Buehler
Buehler has come on strong of late, he made both his field goal tries, 50 and 43 yards and despite having one touchback, the Eagles averaged just 21.8 yards per return. Buehler has made his last four field goals overall and is three of four from 50 or more yards.

Stock Down

A 60-yard reception to start the game and a 91 yard blast that put the game out of reach. Cowboys held Jackson to just four catches, but they went for 210 yards. You can’t let Jackson beat you deep and on the first play of the game he created space on Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins missed on a pass deflection that resulted in a foot race the Cowboys lost to Jackson.

Run defense
The Cowboys contained Vick’s movements in the backfield at times, but LeSean McCoy rushed for 149 yards which included a 56-yard run. Vick scored on a draw up the middle that the Eagles blocked perfectly and the final drive of the game was bad for the Cowboys. With a chance to possibly shut the Eagles offense down in the final four minutes, McCoy picked up yards of 12, 19 and 13 yards to close the show.

Bryan McCann
A fumbled punt forced the Cowboys to sit the rookie corner on Sunday night. There were no reported injuries for McCann but it’s the second consecutive week he’s lost the football on a return. For the record, McCann had one punt return for negative 13 yards and called two fair catches

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