Witten on Cowboys' 7-1 start: 'Damn, it feels good'


At age 34, Jason Witten refuses to take this season for granted.

The Cowboys tight end lived through last year's seven-game losing streak, making this season's seven-tilt win streak -- the league's longest -- all the sweeter.

"Damn, it feels good," Witten told Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News on Sunday after Dallas destroyed Cleveland 35-10.

Witten was a core contributor to the victory, lashing the Browns for 134 yards and a touchdown off eight catches, with his 26-yard scoring grab coming against newly acquired Cleveland linebacker Jamie Collins.

It marked Witten's first 100-yard game since the 2013 regular-season finale and made him the oldest Cowboys pass-catcher to cross that barrier since a 35-year-old Terrell Owens did the deed in Week 17 of 2008.

It wasn't just Witten, though, as rookie quarterback Dak Prescott completed 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards, three touchdowns and a pristine 141.8 rating. The Browns, meanwhile, had no answer for fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott, who lashed Cleveland for 92 rushing yards to lead a Dallas ground game that rolled with ease all afternoon.

"It was just great play calls by (coordinator Scott) Linehan," Witten said. "We always believe that we're going to attack coverage. The ball is going to go wherever the coverage dictates. I thought Dak just did a great job reading it through and allowing us to be able to press vertically and make some plays."

While Witten deflected attention away from himself, his fellow Cowboys refused to do so, with guard Zack Martin saying: "He never misses a game or a practice. He's always available. You wouldn't expect a 14-year guy to not miss a rep of practice and go all out every single rep he's in there. He's a great example."

A great example and still a bona fide weapon on offense. However far these Cowboys journey during this promising season -- and they look like Super Bowl material in the NFC -- Witten will continue to play a major role.