While Jon Kitna is no Tony Romo, he has been playing lights out over the past couple of weeks. He only threw for 147 yards yesterday, but also threw three touchdown passes and set a franchise record for the longest QB scramble for a touchdown (29 yards).
Imagine all of this from a 38-year-old who hasn’t played meaningful football in two years.
The Cowboys had a decent day running the ball against the Lions, with Felix Jones being the leading rusher with 51 yards on 11 carries (4.6 yards per carry). With the Cowboys defense playing well, their offense wasn’t required to do much (even though they did). Miles Austin grabbed two touchdown passes while rookie sensation Dez Bryant grabbed another.
On special teams, rookie Bryan McCann once again made a name for himself.
He returned a punt 97 yards for a touchdown. He didn’t even catch the ball—a Lions player tried to knock it out of the end zone and onto the field to pin the Cowboys back. Instead, McCann alertly picked the ball up and ran. A replay later showed that he had stepped out of bounds in Lions territory, but hey, if the opposing team’s head coach doesn’t throw the red flag to challenge the play, that’s on him.
Given their recent success, do the Cowboys have a chance to finish 8-8?
On defense, Terrence Newman got an interception and rookie Sean Lee forced a fumble. DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher, Jay Ratliff and Stephen Bowen each tallied a sack. The Cowboys’ leaky secondary was also able to hold Calvin Johnson, one of the best wide receivers in the league, to 46 yards receiving and one touchdown.
Dallas is on a short week with their next game being their annual Thanksgiving Day game, this time against the New Orleans Saints. Last season, they played the Saints in December and handed them their first loss of the season.
Can they repeat last year’s performance and get their fourth win of the season (Garrett’s third)? We will find out Thursday afternoon.