Miles Austin and the Awesome, Incredible, Stupendous, Very Good Day
Here’s a checklist of the things Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin accomplished yesterday against the Kansas City Chiefs:
* Caught 10 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns
* Set Cowboys records for receiving yards, beating names like Michael Irvin, Terrell Owens, and Bob Hayes
* Caught the game-winning touchdown on a 60-yard catch and run
* Increased his YPC on touchdown catches to 40.8 yards a reception
* Perhaps gave Tony Romo a legitimate lead receiver, something Dallas has been looking for since Owens was released
Considering just how storied the Cowboys franchise is, when a relative unknown starts setting and breaking records, it’s newsworthy. How impressive was Austin’s game, considering it came from a receiver trying to find his way in this league? The folks at the Kansas City Star were particularly dumbfounded:
Austin may have talent, but it was still troubling to the Chiefs that they allowed a career day to a player still trying to establish himself. Austin joined the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie in 2006 when Todd Haley was their receivers coach.
Austin had just 23 career catches heading into Sunday’s game. He had only five this season in the Cowboys’ first four games. He was such a nonfactor in the Dallas passing game that Romo didn’t even try to find Austin on the deciding plays in the end zone of last week’s loss to the Denver Broncos.
Sounds a lot like sour grapes to me… Or at least a truckload of frustration for their Chiefs, who essentially got beat by a number 3 receiver.