Week Four Analysis:
Miles Austin could have done more damage last week if not for his hamstring forcing him from the game. He's had issues there in the past so there's some cause for concern. But the team stated it's not that serious, and Austin should be good to go in San Diego in what is another very favorable matchup. The Chargers are allowing over 340 passing yards per game, 237 of which are going to receivers. Adding to San Diego's misery - starting cornerback Shareece Wright could miss his second game with hammy issues of his own. There will be cause for concern if Austin cannot capitalize here, but for now, he looks good on paper.
Week Three Analysis:
Miles Austin was neutralized last week in a loss at Kansas City, but he should see more production with St. Louis coming to town on Sunday. The Rams have surrendered the second-most receptions and receiving yards to wide receivers this year, while Austin has averaged 15 more receiving yards at home as opposed to the road in his last 18 games. The Rams corners, Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins, have been unusually beatable this year.
Week Two Analysis:
Miles Austin caught 10 passes last week against the Giants, which was his highest total in 40 games! Though he had a modest 72 receiving yards and failed to find the painted grass, his 12 targets were the third-most in the league. He looked rejuvenated all around and figures to shoulder more of the load with Dez Bryant hobbled by a sprained foot. Kansas City practically played a peewee team in Jacksonville last week, and their secondary that allowed 26 receiving touchdowns a year ago has yet to be truly tested. That test will come in the form of Tony Romo, who has now thrown 17 touchdowns in his last seven regular season games.
Week One Analysis: Miles Austin was mediocre last year, but he rose up to rip the Giants on two occasions. He first went for 73 and a score in Week 1, and then six games later he caught nine balls for 133 yards. New York's shoddy secondary is now even worse without safety Stevie Brown, who tore his ACL a couple weeks ago. Brown had twice won NFC Defensive Player of the Week last year, and he is a huge loss. Miles on the other hand, is feeling great after a revised offseason regimen that supposedly included a little something called rest. He only ran 66 snaps in preseason but was effective in that time, catching 8 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Austin has scored a touchdown against New York in four straight seasons. With Dez Bryant and Jason Witten drawing a ton of attention, he should have ample opportunity to continue that streak on Sunday.
If you're hanging on to the thrilling days of yesteryear and living in the past, you probably love Miles Austin. It was 2009, back when Tiger Woods was still married, Pontiacs were still being made, and Sully was landing planes on the Hudson River. It was also when Austin had a magical season of 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns, but his numbers have consistently dropped since that year as Austin has battled a myriad of injuries. In his last 24 games, Austin has topped 80 yards only 3 times. He's completely ceded the go-to receiver role to Dez Bryant. When you're drafting him, you're hoping he stays healthy for once, and can capitalize on a quality quarterback and the single coverage he gets opposite Bryant.