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Week 1 vs. CLE
Receiving: 6 / 96 / 0 on 9 targets
When Dallas lined up in three and four receiver sets Jason Witten would line up as a receiver to take advantage of his pass catching abilities. Witten has good hands and may be the most reliable Cowboy receiver. Three of his receptions resulted in first downs that kept scoring drives alive.
Week 2 vs. PHI
Receiving: 7 / 110 / 0 on 9 targets
Witten was pretty quiet most of the first half but caught a big 42 yard pass over the middle of the field toward the end of the first half. He finished the half with three receptions for 59 yards. He was QB Tony Romo's favorite target in the second half. Witten had a big 32 yard catch over the middle late in the game that almost resulted in a touchdown, but he was tackled around the five yard line. Romo seemed to look for Witten more often as the Eagles' defense keyed in WR Terrell Owens. He finished as Dallas' leading receiver with seven catches and 110 yards.
Week 3 vs. GB
Receiving: 7 / 67 / 0 on 9 targets
TE Jason Witten continues to be QB Tony Romo's most reliable target.
Week 4 vs. WAS
Receiving: 7 / 90 / 1 on 10 targets
Another solid game for Witten as he was often used in various formations to create mismatches for the pro bowl tight end. He was lined up in the slot and in the backfield quite frequently. Early in the game he scored on an easy pitch and catch with Tony Romo when he easily blew past Marcus Washington. Witten showed his trademark toughness after the catch and great hands on his seven grabs for 90 yards. In the third quarter, Witten was briefly shaken up after taking a hit. He later returned to the game and appeared to be fine.
Week 5 vs. CIN
Receiving: 8 / 79 / 1 on 11 targets
Romo looked for Witten often, and the two connected for a four yard TD in the second quarter. Witten is the safest play in this pass offense, as he is targeted heavily no matter the opponent.
Week 6 vs. ARI
Receiving: 4 / 55 / 0 on 5 targets
Jason Witten saw most of his action in the second half after the offense began to have success moving the ball. His good hands gave Romo a reliable target over the middle of the field that would either give them a first down or get them within reasonable distance of a first down. He was at his best during the second half as all three of his receptions were on the three scoring drives. The first reception was on a key third and five play that gave the Cowboys a first down and led to a scoring pass three plays later. His last reception was his most important as it put the Cowboys in position for the game tying field goal.
Week 7 vs. STL
Receiving: 6 / 44 / 0 on 11 targets
Witten was targeted the most of any Cowboy on the day. He often was the target when the Rams brought the blitz and the Rams knew it. He was often tackled immediately after catching the ball. Very rarely did we see Witten further than 10-15 yards from the line of scrimmage. It was a quiet day for Witten with an extremely modest 44 yards.
Week 8 vs. TB
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 1 targets
Witten played little as he left the game during the second quarter with a rib injury. He returned for a handful of plays in the third quarter before leaving the game for good.
Week 9 vs. NYG
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 3 targets
Witten started the game despite having a broken rib, but was clearly limited as he was unable to catch any of the passes that were thrown in his direction.
Week 11 vs. WAS
Receiving: 2 / 34 / 0 on 3 targets
His first catch of the game came at the two minute warning for 28 yards. He dropped what would have been a big gain in the fourth quarter. His ribs are likely still a factor in his stat line although he did block quite well for Marion Barber.
Week 12 vs. SF
Receiving: 1 / 11 / 0 on 4 targets
Jason Witten had a tough game as he was only able to come up with a reception on the first pass thrown to him. He was open, but the pass was thrown slightly off target and limited his yards after the catch. He almost came down with a reception later, but his right heel came down on the sideline on a deep pass, and later in the game he appeared to catch a pass but the ball was knocked loose on a vicious hit by the defender. After that play the Dallas medical staff looked at his jaw, but he was able to return to action.
Week 13 vs. SEA
Receiving: 9 / 115 / 1 on 10 targets
After not being a big factor in recent weeks, Witten got involved in the Cowboy offense early today. During the first Dallas offensive drive he lined up as a wide receiver and corralled a Tony Romo pass for 36 yards on the fourth offensive play to get his team inside the 20 yard line. He received even more attention in the second drive as he hauled in two balls, including his 400th career reception. Could it get better? Yes, as Witten then capped off the third Cowboy drive with an eight yard TD catch. Over the rest of the day, Witten was much less involved in the action --- particularly in the final quarter as Dallas went almost exclusively to the run -- but by then he had already done enough to ensure that he would finish with a monster day.
Week 14 vs. PIT
Receiving: 6 / 62 / 0 on 10 targets
Witten connected on five catches for 53 yards the first half. He was a major target for Romo for much of the game and that showed in his overall numbers. However, poor communication with his quarterback resulted in a costly interception and another incomplete pass which sealed the loss. Also of note was Witten missed a few plays in each half with injuries. Owners should keep an eye out for that report this week.
Week 15 vs. NYG
Receiving: 5 / 44 / 0 on 9 targets
Witten was targeted six times in the first half, but those six attempts went for two catches that picked up only eight yards. The tight end did haul in the last three passes thrown his way in the second half as he helped seal the victory for the Cowboys. Witten had a 13 yard catch and run on a fourth quarter play that took the ball down to the Giants' one yard line and helped set up the team's second touchdown. He also extended a drive in the fourth quarter with Dallas attempting to run out the clock when on a third and nine play, he fought his way for a pickup of 11 yards.
Week 16 vs. BAL
Receiving: 5 / 87 / 1 on 6 targets
Witten was the only receiver that Romo was able to connect with, but he was only targeted during drives toward the end of each half. He made tough catches in traffic and took some good hits from the defenders, but was able to hold onto the ball each time. On his final reception he was injured and could be seen limping off of the field. Early reports after the game showed that he had a knee sprain.
Week 17 vs. PHI
Passing: 1 - 1, 42 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Receiving: 7 / 50 / 0 on 11 targets
Witten playing on a sore knee had an effective game with seven catches for 50 yards. He also threw a pass to Terrell Owens for 42 yards. Witten found some success over the middle of the Philadelphia Defense.