Forget Owens - Witten Is The Real Threat

While the media likes to push anything T.O. related, what I haven't seen a whole lot about yet this week is how Jason Witten could single handedly beat the Packers, at least from the perspective of the Cowboys offense matching up against the Packers defense.

First, it was Antonio Gates, then Chris Cooley and then Tony Gonzalez. All three tight ends had big days against the Packers, while second tier tight ends such as Jermey Shockey (yes, Jeremy, you are second tier)  and Desmond Clark did almost as well. Even Chicago rookie Greg Olsen had a mini-coming out party against the Packers. (And watching him look horrible against Denver yesterday didn't make me feel any better...)

Containing Witten is the key to the entire game for the Packers defense, given the way Bob Sanders chooses to match up his linebackers against the tight end. Normally, I would lobby for Charles Woodson to take a crack at it, but his injury throws his availability into question. Nick Barnett and, more likely, A.J. Hawk need to have the best game they've had all season when it comes to coverage, or it will get late real early in Dallas.

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November 28, 2007 at 09:49 pm

I think the play of Kampman will be very important. If he can have a game like last week, Witten will need to at least lineup on his side and chip him. That makes it very difficult for the TE to run good routes.

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November 29, 2007 at 02:51 pm

j4a1, Very astute. I don't hold much hope of KGB or anyone else making hey against Adams. He's been handling speed rushers all year, and is playing at a Pro Bowl level in general. If anyone is going to get to Romo, it's got to be Kampman or Jenkins/Williams up the middle. And you're spot on about off-the-edge pressure - it would indeed cause Witten to stay in more to help Colombo, who I think Kampman can own.

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