- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Welcome back, Jason Witten.
It’d been a while since the perennial Pro Bowl tight end played a featured role in the Dallas Cowboys offense. Witten had a total of only nine catches for 90 yards with no scores in the previous three games.
Witten was back to being a weapon in Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings, catching eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Not coincidentally, the strong performance came after a week of working to find ways to make sure Witten was involved in the offense after he was targeted only twice in the previous week’s loss to the Detroit Lions.
With the Vikings playing primarily Cover 2 defense, Witten feasted. Tony Romo was 8-of-10 throwing in Witten’s direction, highlighted by a 26-yard touchdown on a seam route.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks with the coverage,” Witten said. “It’s frustrating for all of us, but you work those situations and stay ahead of the chains. A big part of that is the tight end, and we can even clean it up more.
“When you play these defenses, the ability to find those underneath throws and get those first downs can really hurt this style of defense. We’ve worked it a lot over the years and it’s good to see it pay off in this game.”