Two Dallas Cowboys Career Milestones Overshadowed by Loss

By Jesus Flores
Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE


Overshadowed by the loss to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons was the fact that Jason Witten became the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time receptions leader.

By hauling in a seven-yard catch over the middle of the field, Witten surpassed the previous team-record of 750 catches held by Hall-of-Famer and former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.

Witten, if you recall, was the Cowboys’ third round pick in the 2003 NFL draft.  It didn’t take long for the former Tennessee Volunteer to make his presence felt.  In fact, it was in his second season as a pro that Witten put together one of the best seasons for a tight end by hauling in 87 catches for 980 yards and six touchdowns.

Since those days, Witten has been the true definition of the word consistency.  He’s been named to seven Pro Bowls and has only missed one game throughout his illustrious ten-year career.  It was the second time in consecutive weeks that Witten broke team records.  The previous week, Witten set the single-game catching record for a tight end by bringing in 18 catches against the New York Giants.

Also overshadowed by the loss was DeMarcus Ware’s career milestone.  Ware’s second-quarter sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was the 108th sack of his career.  Ware, who has 108.5 career sacks,moved past Pat Swilling for the 19th place in all-time career sacks.  He trails Greg Townsend by one sack for 18th place and trails Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen by four sacks for 17th place.

If Monday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints is a sign of things to come; it wouldn’t surprise me if Ware moves up to 17th all-time next Sunday when the Cowboys and Eagles meet.

The Eagles’ offensive line is really bad.  Let me put it into perspective, Mackenzy Bernadeau would probably be their best offensive lineman.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for Follow Jesus Flores on Twitter @SSgtFlo1

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