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Week 1 vs. TB
Receiving: 5 / 71 / 0 on 7 targets
It's just like Witten to have a very good statistical game even though he was quiet. He got some production after the catch on a target where he was left alone crossing near the line of scrimmage, and as usual, most of his targets came 10 yards or more downfield. If these are his numbers in a game when Romo throws only 13 passes, his owners should be salivating about his potential in a close game.
Week 2 vs. NYG
Receiving: 5 / 33 / 1 on 7 targets
Witten saved Tony Romo's evening from being a total disaster by catching a short pass for a score against the Giants in Week 2. Witten was thrown behind once and had the ball ricochet off his heel for a strange interception to the Giants, a sign of just how bad the night would be for the Dallas passing game. Witten led all Cowboys in targets, catches and yards --- but at 5-33 that's a pitiful top end receiver for the game. Look for Romo and Witten to connect more often against Carolina next week.
Week 3 vs. CAR
Receiving: 9 / 77 / 0 on 9 targets
Witten wasn't spectacular, but he helped move the sticks in the first half as Tony Romo's security blanket, with eight of his nine catches in the first half. He caught a handful of his passes split out wide and even made a few defenders miss after the catch. He's well on his way to leading all tight ends in receptions.
Week 4 vs. DEN
Receiving: 4 / 31 / 0 on 4 targets
The Broncos defense did a masterful job of taking Jason Witten out of this game. He didn't get his first target --- or first catch --- until the end of the second quarter. Witten was able to break free on the right sideline when the Cowboys were backed up on their own 8-yard line. He had a couple of more catches on the day, but mysteriously was not targeted in the end zone with the game on the line. Instead, Romo looked to Sam Hurd twice (with Champ Bailey on him) and the Cowboys were unable to get six with the game on the line.
Week 5 vs. KC
Receiving: 5 / 47 / 0 on 6 targets
Witten operated as Romo's security blanket. He found soft spots in the zone to sit down in underneath, and ran hard after the catch. He didn't break any big gains or make any highlight catches, but still played an important role, moving the offense in seven to eleven yard increments and providing a sure-handed checkdown for Romo.
Week 7 vs. ATL
Receiving: 5 / 53 / 0 on 7 targets
Witten's role is clear. He's the outlet and hot read for Romo, and he'll run short to intermediate routes in the middle of the field to exploit dead spots in the zone coverage. He is not being looked to in the red zone or on playmaking seam routes. He's still going to be one of the best TEs for catches and yardage, but Miles Austin emergence has usurped Witten's chance to be one of the few TEs that is the #1 target in his passing offense.
Week 8 vs. SEA
Receiving: 4 / 36 / 0 on 8 targets
Witten was held in to block more often then normal against the Seahawks as the Seattle front seven tried to show a number of blitzes (largely ineffective) against the Cowboys. Nonetheless, Witten was still used on dump-off routes (3 of his 4 catches were less than 9 yards in length) and button-hooks between the hashmarks. The emergence of Miles Austin has helped the Cowboys pass protection as Witten isn't the only downfield threat in the passing game.
Week 9 vs. PHI
Receiving: 7 / 43 / 0 on 8 targets
TE Jason Witten struggled to get open against an Eagles' defense that wanted to take both Witten and Miles Austin out of the game as much as possible. Witten still managed to get four catches before halftime, but his upside was limited to just 10 yards a catch. He later added three more big grabs for short yardage in the second half including a key pass to move the chains at the final two minute warning, sealing the victory.
Week 10 vs. GB
Receiving: 5 / 47 / 0 on 8 targets
The Cowboys tried hard to get Witten involved early in the game, lining him up split out. They really went away from him though after the first series of the game and didn't get him involved again until late in the 4th quarter. Witten was able to snatch up 5 passes, but all of them were of short length. He continues to work underneath routes for the most part, and he is not getting as open as he used to either. His hands remain excellent though and it's just a matter of how often Tony Romo goes to his security blanket.
Week 11 vs. WAS
Receiving: 5 / 43 / 0 on 7 targets
The Redskins blanketed Jason Witten well in Week 11, keeping one of Tony Romo's favorite targets from beating them for most of the game. Witten had three short grabs of just over three yards but for the most part he could not get open aside from short routes over the middle. Dallas hosts Oakland on Thanksgiving which should be a better matchup for Witten.
Week 12 vs. OAK
Receiving: 5 / 107 / 0 on 8 targets
Jason Witten finally had a nice game, catching two passes for over 35 yards each --- his two biggest receptions of the season. Witten strung five catches together to break the century mark in yardage although he could not get into the end zone as he does not have that top end speed to beat safeties for long scores. Witten gets to take on the Giants next week, a good matchup, and with his boost in performance he should become the second option for Tony Romo after Miles Austin throughout December.
Week 13 vs. NYG
Receiving: 14 / 156 / 0 on 16 targets
Jason Witten had a career day against the Giants consistently getting open over the middle of the field. Witten did have a few longer catches, including a 32-yarder to open the second quarter on a pass that he tipped to himself for the long gain. Witten did not find the end zone despite all of the heavy workload, but he did help to keep the chains moving and help Dallas' passing attack all game long. Witten topped the century mark for the second week in a row and now faces another great matchup against San Diego next week.
Week 14 vs. SD
Receiving: 4 / 49 / 0 on 7 targets
Witten, one week removed from one of the best games of his career, was nearly absent in this one. He and Tony Romo weren't entirely on the same page early on, and it didn't get much better after. He did haul in a 26 yard reception near the sideline early in the fourth quarter to salvage what had been to that point a terrible day stat-wise.
Week 15 vs. NO
Receiving: 5 / 44 / 0 on 8 targets
Jason Witten was his usual self in Week 15, collecting short catch after short catch over the middle of the field. Witten sat down into pockets of open space against the linebacker coverage he often faced as Tony Romo looked his way several times either by design or due to defensive pressure. Only one of his five grabs was for over 10 yards, however, as Witten is having trouble picking up yardage after the catch.
Week 16 vs. WAS
Receiving: 6 / 117 / 0 on 7 targets
Witten was rock solid in week 16, turning in 3rd 100 yard game in the past 5 games. While Witten served mostly as a safety valve for Tony Romo, he managed to get loose and smoke LaRon Landry in coverage for the longest catch of his career (69 yards). Witten has no doubt disappointed many fantasy owners by scoring just once this season; however he remains a PPR giant as he closes in on 100 catches and 1,000 yards.
Week 17 vs. PHI
Receiving: 6 / 76 / 1 on 7 targets
Jason Witten was consistently open over the middle once again in Week 17, exploiting the linebacker weaknesses of the Philadelphia Eagles. Witten was able to extend one of his catches to just over the goal line for his second touchdown for the year, a very low number considering his 94 catches and 1,000+ yards for 2009 and Tony Romo's strong season. Expect plenty of targets yet again next week against the Eagles in the Wild Card rematch on Saturday.
Week 18 vs. PHI
Receiving: 4 / 27 / 0 on 5 targets
Witten had a nice catch and run down to the 1 to set up the Cowboys second TD, and also did a nice job blocking in the running game, but was mainly a supporting cast player in this big win.
Week 19 vs. MIN
Receiving: 10 / 98 / 0 on 13 targets
Witten was his reliable self against the Vikings, but his efforts alone couldn't propel the Dallas offense. Witten finished the day with 10 catches, most of which were on crossing patterns and out routes. With one exception - an early 22 yard gain on a crossing pattern from right to left - Witten was wrapped up almost immediately after catching the ball, thus limiting his ability to gain yards after the catch.