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Week 1 vs. TB
Receiving: 1 / 42 / 1 on 2 targets
Austin shrugged off a poor tackle attempt by Elbert Mack and made Jermaine Phillips completely whiff with a nice open field move on his catch and run TD near the end of the first half. Austin also got behind the defense on a deep target that Tony Romo overthrew. He looks like the designated deep target in this offense, but his production will be hit and miss unless Patrick Crayton gets hurt.
Week 2 vs. NYG
Receiving: 1 / 20 / 0 on 1 targets
Austin played more when Dallas put three wideouts on the field, which was not very often. The Cowboys used two TEs most of the game, but when Austin was targeted once he did grab it over the middle and picked up a big 20 yards. At WR3 for the Cowboys, Austin has very little upside unless Patrick Crayton or Roy Williams get demoted or injured.
Week 4 vs. DEN
Receiving: 3 / 19 / 0 on 8 targets
Just like the other Cowboys receivers, Austin was able to snare passes against soft coverage but could not pick up any yardage once the pass was complete. The Broncos linebackers did a good job in coverage, but had help from one of the most experienced secondaries in the league.
Week 5 vs. KC
Receiving: 10 / 250 / 2 on 15 targets
Austin vaulted from obscurity to the front page of sports sections with a career day that could have been even more mind-boggling. He started quietly, but did get behind the defense in the end zone early, only to be slightly overthrown by Romo. Austin attempted to tip the ball to himself, but couldn't control the ball before he left the end zone. Austin threw a big block that foreshadowed the physical play that would make his banner day. He did his damage on short throws that he turned into long gains by breaking the initial tackle and then running away from the defense. He had two touchdowns (including the game-winner) and another long gain in this fashion. Austin also took a big hit to convert a big third-down over the middle and ripped away an underthrown deep ball from a defensive back for another long gain. Austin had at least two other end zone targets that were either poorly thrown by Romo or dropped - he could have had four touchdowns on the day if things had gone a little better.
Week 7 vs. ATL
Receiving: 6 / 171 / 2 on 8 targets
Austin dismissed any ideas that his breakout game vs. KC was a fluke with another dominant game. He got open deep and ran away from the safety. He got both feet down on a deep sideline throw. He worked the middle of the field and hands-caught bullets from Romo, and just like in the KC game, he broke a tackle to get free and score. He abused Brent Grimes on the way to that TD, pushing him around and drawing a penalty in the process. Austin's timing with Romo is impeccable right now, and while his current pace is unsustainable, it's hard to consider him anything less than a fantasy WR1 until we see otherwise.
Week 8 vs. SEA
Rushing: 1 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 61 / 1 on 7 targets
Austin continued to add to his new resume as "go to receiver" by catching 5 passes for 61 yards, including a 3 yard touchdown on a pass play that previously would have gone to Roy Williams. Austin is doing an excellent job getting off the line of scrimmage and has developed a rapport with Tony Romo in just a few weeks time as a starter. Romo and Austin excel when Austin is running hitch and go routes and deep slants. Austin's route running in the last three weeks has been the key to his production; he is finding ways to get open with his feet long before the ball gets to him. Once again on Sunday, most of his catches were made without a defender draped on him. Austin was also targeted twice more downfield on plays that were whistled for defensive interference.
Week 9 vs. PHI
Receiving: 1 / 49 / 1 on 4 targets
Philadelphia's game plan in Week 9 was to take away both Miles Austin and TE Jason Witten as much as possible, and it almost worked. Austin was held to just one catch in Week 9 against Philadelphia, but it was a big one. Austin ran a "slant and go" route from midfield then got open for the catch halfway to the end zone, avoided two Eagles and dashed in for a 49-yard touchdown that put the Cowboys up for good at 20-13. Austin struggled against very good pass coverage but his one catch made all the difference for Dallas.
Week 10 vs. GB
Receiving: 4 / 20 / 0 on 9 targets
The budding star WR is finding that being double-team is a tough assignment. Despite the added attention, Austin was open quite a few times and was again the most targeted Cowboy receiver. However he made a couple of mistakes that cost his team dearly. Austin miss-timed a jump for a pass in the red zone that would have been a TD and he dropped another pass in the 3rd quarter. A mixed bag all in all, finishing with just 4 short catches for 20 yards. This also marked the first time in 4 games that he was held without a TD.
Week 11 vs. WAS
Receiving: 4 / 47 / 0 on 7 targets
Once upon a time Miles Austin went from irrelevant to a hot waiver wire pickup, and now he is caught somewhere in between those two levels. Austin is being covered by defenses as though he was a WR1 and with good reason now, which is severely limiting his performances. Austin could not get open until the final play of the third quarter for a 23-yard gain, the first catch by any Dallas wideout in Week 11. Until Dallas figures out how to get Austin open he is far too unreliable to be a solid fantasy starter.
Week 12 vs. OAK
Receiving: 7 / 145 / 1 on 11 targets
Miles Austin lit up a very good Oakland secondary on Thanksgiving, racking up 130 yards in the first two quarters. Austin broke off a 49-yard catch and run for his first grab on a slant from the left side of the formation and he never slowed down from there. Austin was moved all over the field so minimize Nnamdi Asomugha's coverage on him, and Tony Romo targeted Austin often when he had a favorable matchup. Austin was kept in check in the second half but the damage was done as he grabbed six of nine first half targets and found the end zone to help Dallas to the early lead.
Week 13 vs. NYG
Receiving: 10 / 104 / 1 on 12 targets
Miles Austin was the workhorse wide receiver for Dallas against the Giants, grabbing short pass after short pass to help move the Cowboys down the field. Austin's longest catch of the day came late after the Giants were ahead by two touchdowns the defense was much softer, but then again New York was not really holding Dallas back through the air all game. Austin continues to be a reliable receiver both for fantasy and for Tony Romo.
Week 14 vs. SD
Receiving: 6 / 71 / 1 on 8 targets
Austin wasn't heard from much in the first half, but still managed a game-high six receptions for 71 yards. As the Dallas running game experienced success early on, it softened up the defense a bit for guys like Austin to take advantage in the second half. He had one of the easiest touchdowns of his career, wide open in the back of the end zone after a fake draw handoff to Marion Barber. He also had a very difficult catch in the second half, a sliding grab over the middle for 21 yards into San Diego territory. Unfortunately for Austin, one of his longer receptions (a 14-yard pickup) resulted in the young receiver staying inbounds late in the fourth quarter. As the clock wound down, Dallas essentially ran out of time to muster much of a comeback.
Week 15 vs. NO
Receiving: 7 / 139 / 1 on 13 targets
Miles Austin led the Dallas Cowboys to an impressive victory in Week 15 over the New Orleans Saints, getting off to a fast start with a nice stop-and-go route for a 49-yard touchdown in the opening quarter. Austin continued to get open down the field as he led the Cowboys in receiving yards, targets and catches on Saturday night. Austin had three catches for 20+ yards against the Saints including the touchdown and a 32-yard crossing route late in the fourth quarter that helped Dallas to keep the Saints' offense off of the field and prevent the comeback by New Orleans.
Week 16 vs. WAS
Rushing: 1 / -13 / 0
Receiving: 9 / 92 / 0 on 10 targets
Austin was clearly Tony Romo's go to guy in week 16 and he turned in another excellent performance. The Cowboys got the ball in a variety of different ways to Austin throughout the game, but he was almost always targeted on shorter routes in space. The focus clearly being on allowing Austin to make moves in the open field and to utilize his run the after catch abilities. Austin did not disappoint reeling in 9 catches for 92 yards. He has also displayed a little more confidence in recent weeks, which may be limiting his dropsy's which plagued him a bit earlier in the season.
Week 17 vs. PHI
Receiving: 7 / 90 / 0 on 8 targets
Miles Austin paced the Cowboys with his seven catches and 90 yards against the Eagles in Week 17, picking up four first downs on his seven grabs. Austin looked to be at full strength despite a nagging thumb injury as he worked the middle of the field for several big gains, highlighted by a 40-yard catch and run in the second quarter where CB Asante Samuel gambled on the pass but failed to pick it, opening up Austin for the big gain. Watch for more of the same in the Wild Card rematch on Saturday.
Week 18 vs. PHI
Receiving: 7 / 82 / 1 on 10 targets
Austin had his strong regular season campaign spill over into the postseason. In addition to hurting the Eagles with a third down conversion on the game's first scoring drive, Austin drew the pass interference penalty to set up the score. He also had a long catch and run to set up the Cowboys FG to pull ahead by more than one score, and he scored their third TD on a quick pass deep in Eagles territory to put them up by 17.
Week 19 vs. MIN
Rushing: 1 / 8 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 34 / 0 on 8 targets
Austin had a relatively quiet day against Minnesota, catching only 4 balls for with a long gain of 12. Austin's best catch came on a heads up play where the Tony Romo pass was tipped up by Jason Witten. Austin, in the area, quickly keyed in on the ball and outjumped the defense for the reception, eventually turning upfield for a 7 yard gain. Otherwise, his effect was limited as the entire Cowboy offense struggled.