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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Five-star answer: Go to bank with Austin

By Todd Archer

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

If Seattle’s Doug Baldwin can put up 83 yards and a touchdown on four catches from Tarvaris Jackson in the season opener, then, yes, Miles Austin will have more than 100 yards against San Francisco in Week 2.

But from this question I get the sense that there might be some questioning of Austin already. Really?

Yes, Austin has only two 100-yard efforts in the last 13 games. But for 11 of those games, Jon Kitna was the Cowboys’ quarterback. Kitna could not press the ball down the field like Tony Romo can, so naturally Austin’s yardage went down. Austin is a deep-ball threat on the outside and a run-after-catch threat when he is in the slot. Kitna said he had never had an X receiver like Austin last year so it was hard for him to adjust.

In the last 19 games in which Romo has started and finished, Austin has 117 catches for 1,896 yards and eight 100-yard games. Yes, you would like to hit on better than 5-of-9 targets, but 90 yards (plus a touchdown) against a New York Jets secondary with Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie in Week 1 isn’t too shabby, is it?

San Francisco’s top three corners are Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown and Tramaine Brock. We all remember Rogers from his Washington days. Brown, the UT-ex, and Brock might be fine players, but I’ll take my chances on Austin this week.