IRVING, Texas -- Last week Jason Witten's blocking on Dez Bryant's 68-yard touchdown against the St. Louis Rams brought extra attention. In the win against the New Orleans Saints, it is a critical third-down catch in the fourth quarter by Witten that brings extra attention. Witten has said thousands of times one of the best feelings is making a play when everybody in the stands and on the sideline knows the ball is coming to you, like Troy Aikman to Jay Novacek in the 1990s.
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys drafted Tyrone Crawford to be a defensive end in the 3-4 defense. When Jerry Jones made defensive coordinator Rob Ryan the scapegoat for the 8-8 record in 2012 and fired him, Crawford became a 4-3 defensive end in the new scheme. Well, injuries this season forced him to move inside to defensive tackle and provide depth. It might be his best position. Crawford, using a combination of speed and power, played well against the Saints, finishing with two tackles, a quarterback hit and a pass deflection.
IRVING, Texas -- A weekly look at what the Dallas Cowboys must fix: The Cowboys have been excellent on third down through the first four games of the season, so it isn't necessarily a problem they must fix. But it's an area in which they need to be particularly sharp when they face the Houston Texans on Sunday. The Texans’ opponents have the worst third-down conversion percentage this season (28.6). The Cowboys are tied for second in third-down success rate, converting 55.
IRVING, Texas -- Disappointing cornerback Morris Claiborne's season is over. But owner and general manager Jerry Jones still clings to hope that the former sixth overall draft pick can be an impact player for the Dallas Cowboys in years to come. “The thing is that I see his future, and I see a good one here with the Cowboys,” Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. Claiborne will go on injured reserve after tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee during the first quarter of Sunday night’s win.