Miles Austin's disappearance from the offense has followed Dez Bryant's ascent. While Bryant has 29 catches for 475 yards and six touchdowns the past four games, Austin has 10 receptions for 136 yards and one touchdown.
"Oh, I think Miles made really a couple of signature plays in the game the other day, where he had a long third down that he came up and ran the drag route and really made a good run after the catch," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Friday. "Obviously, he scored the touchdown that was big for us later in the ball game. He's playing well. He's doing some good things. Sometimes the ball goes elsewhere based on the coverage they're playing, the plays we call. But he's doing a good job taking advantage of the opportunities that he gets."
There no longer is any question who the Cowboys' top wideout is, despite what the paychecks say. Austin signed a six-year, $54 million contract in September 2010. Bryant is in the third year of his rookie deal and could be looking for an extension after this season.
Bryant leads the team with 978 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Austin has 51 catches for 773 yards and five touchdowns.
"He’s doing a great job," Austin said of Bryant. "I’m not the one who dials up stuff. I’m going to go out there and play my best. We all are playing our best and trying to go out there and win games. Whatever it takes to win the game is going to be what we’re doing.
"I’m just going out, trying my best."
-- Charean Williams