Five-star question: Can Austin gain 100 yards?

September, 15, 2011
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This week's question: Is this the week Miles Austin gets 100 receiving yards?

Tony Romo likes to spread the ball around and Austin is still hampered by his strained hamstring, so surpassing the 100-yard mark seems like a long shot.

Austin had a 100 yards receiving in eight of the first 15 games he started. Since then, he’s done it only twice. In fact, he’s had more than 70 yards receiving just three times in the past 12 games.

Some of that can be blamed on Romo’s injury because Austin didn’t have the same rapport with Jon Kitna. It can also be attributed to Austin getting considerably more attention from defensive backs and defensive coordinators after earning a trip to the Pro Bowl and a contract that made him among the game’s highest-paid receivers.

Romo directed nine passes to Austin against the Jets. As Austin gets healthier, expect that number to increase and expect the number of deep posts and go routes to increase as well. When they do, the 100-yard games will occur more frequently.
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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