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Jason Witten sees Patriots matchup as a defining game for Cowboys

Jason Witten, Cowboys, Patriots

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten came out of retirement after one year in the broadcasting booth to rejoin the NFL. While Witten didn’t return to the gridiron to lose, the veteran pass catcher certainly understands the importance of his team’s upcoming matchup against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

“Yeah, I think it is,” Witten said during a recent community function, via Dallas News. “There are defining games that happen. You look at last year’s season … and you beat a good New Orleans team. This is one of those games. There’s still a lot of games out there, so I don’t think it’s make or break. But at the same time, to be able to go on the road and play against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and their team — they’re 9-1 like they are. A great opportunity for us.

“Our guys are up for the challenge. We’ve got a lot of healthy respect for them, but just like any other week, you’ve got to prepare and know that you’re going to have to go play your best football.”

Witten and company most recently defeated the Detroit Lions en route to improving to 6-4 on the season. Despite the Cowboys mediocre and inconsistent season thus far into 2019-20, Dallas currently sits in first place in the NFC East standings — one game ahead of the 5-5 Philadelphia Eagles while both the New York Giants and Washington Redskins continue to struggle.