With the backdrop of an all-frustrating, all-discouraging Cowboys loss in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Jason Witten once again reaffirmed the presence of that rare awesomeness that he seems to possess with such ease, we too often forget it's there.
It's not just the numbers; though, with numbers like the ones he posted today, it may as well be. Yes, he is an amazing pass catcher and an adroit blocker; he's tougher than most Hollywood cowboys; he, by all accounts, is the nicest guy you'll ever meet; but consider:
Witten caught 14 passes for 156 yards in Sunday's loss.
These are monster numbers, and we have the historical context to prove it. With his second catch on the day, a seven-yard grab on Dallas's first drive, Witten passed Drew Pearson for second in franchise history with 490 receptions (Drew Pearson). Of course, he would end on Sunday with 503, a mere 247 shy of Michael Irvin's career mark.
The 156 yards receiving sets a new career high for Witten, shattering his previous total by 18. He missed tying his career mark in receptions by one.
After a relatively slow start to the year, Witten has produced two 100-yard plus performances in a row.