A look at Jason Witten's touchdown

November, 4, 2013
11/04/13
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IRVING, Texas -- How important is play-action to an offense? Look at Jason Witten’s touchdown in the third quarter of the Dallas Cowboys27-23 win against the Minnesota Vikings.

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In the first two quarters, the Cowboys ran the ball just five times for 31 yards. On their second play of the third quarter, Lance Dunbar picked up two yards.

So the Cowboys were not exactly threatening the run before Witten’s touchdown, but on first and 10 from the Vikings 26, Minnesota bit on Tony Romo’s play fake on a delay draw to DeMarco Murray.

It wasn’t just the play fake, however, that forced linebacker Erin Henderson to crowd the line of scrimmage. It was the pull action by left guard Ronald Leary that sold the play. As Henderson came up, Witten ran right by him down the middle of the field.

Romo fed Witten the ball in the middle of the void between the Vikings’ safeties and the tight end had the 48th touchdown of his career.

So once again, how important is play-action? Pretty important.

Imagine if the Cowboys actually tried to run the ball at least a little against the Vikings.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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