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Turns Out, Jon Kitna Can Still Ball

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21: Quarterback Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys scrambles with the ball against tackle Sammie Hill #91 of the Detroit Lions at Cowboys Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys beat the Lions 35-19. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jon Kitna;Sammie Hill

    In previous years when Tony Romo went down, the Dallas Cowboys were up a creek without a paddle.

    Brad Johnson was not a capable NFL backup quarterback when he was here. Romo went down and the running plays and screen passes flowed freely.

    Luckily, Tony Romo was healthy all year last season and Kitna didn't have to make a meaningful appearance.

    This year? Not so much.

    Kitna's had his fair share of struggles since Romo went down in the first Giants meeting, but none that any backup QB wouldn't have.

    In the last two weeks, however, Kitna has been basically, well, great.

    Kitna has been a successful starter in his career. Albeit for pretty bad teams, but he's put up numbers and produced — most recently in Detroit.

    In the past two games — wins over the Giants and the Lions — Kitna has thrown for 474 yards, one interception and SIX touchdowns. And though he only threw for 147 yards in Sunday's win over Detroit, he tossed three short touchdown passes that all required the finest precision. The jump ball to the Deztroyer for six was perfectly placed. The 3-yarder to Miles Austin? Just as good.

    And those six passing touchdowns over the past two weeks doesn't do justice to what he did on Sunday when he rushed for 29 yards for a touchdown on a perfectly called naked bootleg, which was the very last thing the Lions defense expected to see from the 38-year-old Kitna.

    "Kitna's doing a great job," Austin said. "I never thought I'd see him run for a 25-yard touchdown. He's got some wheels. Some Model T wheels, but hey, he's getting the job done."

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

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