Stock Report: Bryant down; Buehler up
By Calvin Watkins
It’s Black Friday, and around Valley Ranch, it’s a quiet day after the Cowboys 30-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving Day.
Let’s recap who had a strong or weak performance in our weekly Stock Report.
David Buehler. Yeah, you can say he missed the game-tying 59 yard field goal, but it was long enough and was wide left by less than a foot. On the day he made a 21 and 53 yard field goals. Buehler’s kickoffs were great. He sent all five into the end zone, four for touchbacks.
Offensive line. Miles Austin with a 60-yard run, on an end around, Felix Jones with a 3.4 average, and the Cowboys racked up 144 rushing yards. Sure a lot of it was on short yardage, but the line need to play physical and it did that on Thursday. Jon Kitna was sacked only once and received the protection necessary to get the ball down the field.
Jason Witten. We haven’t talked much about Witten, mainly because he’s blocking more and not getting the passes, but vs. the Saints he had 10 catches for 99 yards. He didn’t have a touchdown, but he was key to moving the offense.
Dez Bryant. Bryant had the first catchless game of his career and he didn’t handle it well. He shouted on the sidelines and walked off the field at times instead of jogged. Plus, Bryant didn’t speak to the media after the game. When a Cowboys public relations official asked for him to talk with reporters, he still declined. Bryant misread a few coverages and when he does that it takes him out of the offense.
Roy E. Williams. Of his five catches, for 83 yards, only one will be remembered. He fumbled after a long catch-and-run reception that gave the Saints an opportunity to get the ball one more time that eventually led to the game-winning drive.
Secondary. It played a lot better in the second half, but still allowed 352 yards to Drew Brees, 105 of which went to Marques Colston. Terence Newman got beat on a long pass on the last drive of the game and while it appeared to be fewer communication issues, the game-winning touchdown pass came when Gerald Sensabaugh bit on the play action and though he recovered, the pass went over his and Mike Jenkins’ heads.