With the Dallas Cowboys set to make their first trip to Arrowhead Stadium since 2009, memories of Miles Austin‘s breakout game against the Kansas City Chiefs are floating around the Internet. While that’s typically just for fun and games, it could be foreshadowing the Week 2 matchup between these two 1-0 teams, especially considering Dez Bryant‘s health concerns.
Bryant has practiced since straining his foot in the Cowboys’ Week 1 win over the New York Giants, but Dallas fans are familiar with how this works: Dez plays, but hurts the team more than he helps it because he’s limited. Now that may not necessarily be the case this week, but if it is, Austin could be in for another big day against the Chiefs.
Lord knows Terrance Williams ain’t gonna help Tony Romo in the passing game if Bryant’s foot injury turns out to be even remotely serious, so that option is out. Plus, Austin is off to a great start this year: Romo targeted him 12 times in Week 1 and he caught 10 of those passes for 72 yards. That’s the same number of receptions he recorded against Kansas City in 2009 when he had that record-breaking game that propelled him to become a household name.
Now this obviously isn’t the same Chiefs team and past games against non-familiar opponents don’t really mean much, but it’s ironic that Austin could be Romo’s best friend again this week in Kansas City. Still, expect plenty of Jason Witten as well, regardless of Bryant’s status.
Finally, Bryant doesn’t have to catch two touchdowns and make a few circus catches in every game to have a successful year. If he can occupy two defenders on every play and allow guys like Austin and Witten to get open more often, then he’s helping the team just as much, if not more. Take it easy on Dez, Cowboys fans, and watch out for another big game from Miles in Kansas City.