Even on a team that didn't have a bona fide attention-grabber (you know who that is), Witten would hardly be noticed.
Except when the game starts.
That's when this 6-5, 266-pound weapon goes to work. The fifth-year pro out of Tennessee has helped make the Cowboys—and QB Tony Romo—a force to be reckoned with.
In the NFC, Jeremy Shockey of the Giants is the standard-setter for tight ends. Witten has been closing in on Shockey's stats over the past three seasons. In fact, in 2004, Witten caught 87 passes for 980 yards, something Shockey has not come close to doing. But the comparisons stopped last season when he only caught one touchdown.
This year, Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has called on Witten to take a bigger role in the offense. Witten has responded. Through 11 games he's caught 59 passes for 750 yards and 6 TDs—the best stats across the board for a NFC tight end.
Tonight, with the Packers fixated on reciever Terrell Owens, look for Witten to help. The Packers will assign lineback A.J. Hawk to Witten for most of the night. I predict Witten will be too much for Hawk to handle.
That may ultimately be the difference in this game.