Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Jason Witten's TDs part of red zone success
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Fixing the red zone offense was a big offseason focus for the Dallas Cowboys.
For years Jason Witten has been a weapon from everywhere on the field but the red zone. Last year Witten set a record for catches in a season by a tight end with 110 but he scored only three touchdowns.
This year Witten's catches are down, but his touchdowns are up. He has six in the first 11 games after recording eight in the last two seasons.
With another touchdown catch from Tony Romo, he will equal the most he has ever caught in a season from Romo. In 2010 all but one of his career-high nine touchdowns came from Jon Kitna.
“We worked hard on some different things, to put some different stuff in and it's nice to see it come together the way we had hoped,” Romo said. “Jason's a great player. He should get a lot of opportunities and he takes advantage of them obviously. We're lucky to have someone like him do some of the stuff he does.”
Witten had two touchdown receptions against the New York Giants on Sunday, giving him four against the NFC East rival on the season and 50 for his career. The Cowboys have 21 touchdowns in 31 red zone possessions, which is third-best percentage in the league. Last year the Cowboys were 20th in red zone touchdown percentage.
All but one of Witten's touchdown has come from the red zone.
“It all about executing down there and finding ways to make plays and just that was an emphasis for me and for our football team being better in the red zone,” Witten said. “I think we did a good job.”