Cowboys vs. Bengals, Week 14: Praising Anthony Spencer's big performance

John Grieshop

The Dallas Cowboys linebacker once again had the play of the game on defense.

The Dallas Cowboys rallied around a tragedy, remembering fallen teammate Jerry Brown as Dan Bailey's 40-yard field goal in the final seconds of regulation secured a 20-19 comeback over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cowboys defense, under fire in the first half, made several big stops in the fourth quarter to give the offense the chance for the comeback.

The biggest play of that defensive stand came on third down with just over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Trailing 19-17 and needing a stop, Spencer exploded up the middle to sack Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

Archie Barberio of Blogging The Boys praises Spencer as one of the Cowboys top players in the emotional win.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Bengals faced a 3rd and 4 on their own 36. Spencer came through the line and sacked Andy Dalton for a 10-yard loss. That sack forced the Bengals to punt the football and it gave Tony Romo a chance to drive the Cowboys down the field for the win. Spencer has really elevated his game to the next level. The Cowboys need to keep him in Dallas. Spencer finished the game with two sacks and 11 tackles.

With DeMarcus Ware ailing and more than a handful of defensive players out with injury, Spencer has far and away been the best player on defense for the Cowboys this season. Spencer now has 8.5 sacks on the season in what has quickly become a career season for the sixth-year linebacker.

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