Fact or myth: Miles Austin repeatedly torched Nnamdi Asomugha in 2009 on Thanksgiving when the Cowboys played the Raiders

I remember back to the week the Eagles signed Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency.  A few Cowboys fans had remarked to me at the time that Miles Austin repeatedly torched Nnamdi when the Cowboys played the Raiders on Thanksgiving in 2009.  I actually remember that game pretty well.  I was on my honeymoon in Kauai and Mrs. Kempski was very annoyed I was watching a football game in our hotel room during our honeymoon.  In fairness, it was of course Hawaii time, and still morning out there, but still… Yeah, probably should have just not watched football for one weekend.  Sorry Shmoopy.

But I digress.  As we roll into Eagles-Cowboys week, I’ve been reminded yet again by my Cowboys friends of Austin’s big day against Oakland two years ago, except, I didn’t really remember it that way, and figured I’d take a look.  Luckily, I was able to find highlights of that game on youtube.  Here’s the video:

On the first play of the highlight clip, Austin is one-on-one on Nnamdi, beats the jam at the line with a step to the sideline, and crisp cut back inside, and into “bang 8” route.  Bang 8’s (or the skinny post) are extremely effective against single coverage.  Romo has all day, steps up into a gorgeous pocket and hits Austin for a 46 yard gain.  Great play call, and the Cowboys executed.  Nnamdi beaten on the play?  Most definitely.

However, if you continue to watch the video, you’ll see that on the rest of Austin’s receptions, he was covered by the following Raiders:

– Chris Johnson
– Stanford Routt
– Chris Johnson
– Bubble screen, bunch of Raiders, none of whom are Nnamdi.
– Chris Johnson

Cowboys fans: If you’d like to say “Miles Austin torched the Raiders all day, and Nnamdi once,” have a blast.

So to answer: “Repeatedly” – myth. “Once” – fact.

Apologies to the 95% of you that had no idea this game was even something that Eagles and Cowboys fans debated.


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  50. Austin primarily played right outside or slot left back in 2009, Roy pretty much exclusively played left outside where Nnamdi would be.

    I went and looked at the play by play for the game and searched for the word “Asomugha” it came up with four results as follwed:

    -(11:51) (Shotgun) 9-T.Romo pass deep middle to 19-M.Austin to OAK 27 for 49 yards (21-N.Asomugha).

    -(3:31) 23-T.Choice up the middle to OAK 11 for 66 yards (21-N.Asomugha). RAZORBACK: Choice takes direct snap.

    -(7:23) 9-T.Romo pass short left to 11-R.Williams to OAK 26 for 9 yards (21-N.Asomugha). Pass complete sideline.

    -(1:13) 9-T.Romo pass short left to 24-M.Barber to OAK 9 for -1 yards (21-N.Asomugha).

    Those were all of the plays he was involved in in the entire game. I’m a Cowboys fan but I hope this clears things up.

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  52. packimop says:

    False start at :52 RT.

  53. Stephen says:

    Don’t let little things like facts get in the way of a Cowboy fan’s manlove for Miles Austin Jimmy.

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  55. Steve D. says:


    What you are missing that if you look at just that first play, Austin has a 100% catch rate and averages 46 yards per target when he is lined up on Nnamdi. If you extrapolate those per target stats, Austin against Nnamdi might be the biggest mismatch in the history of the league. I mean, if Austin lines up against Nnamdi five times this weekend he will likely have 5 receptions for 230 yards. 🙂

    1. Ha, very true. If the Cowboys got to play the Eagles 16 times, Austin would have 3680 receiving yards.

      1. Steve D. says:

        Wow, even Dimitri Patterson or Ellis Hobbs wouldn’t give up that many yards (unless they were playing against Kenny Britt). Nnamdi really is overrated!

        1. Mikesta says:

          Hopefully Joyner doesn’t read this

  56. Jack says:

    You can’t blame the Raiders for not putting Nnamdi on him again after he got torched so badly.

    1. The Raiders parked Nnamdi at the right corner his entire career in Oakland. He covered whoever the opposing offense sent his way. Just FYI.

    2. packimop says:

      What a stupid comment.

  57. DerfDiggy says:

    Hopefully ASO is matched up on Austin this weekend…..and the boys ignore him completely and run the ball at those horrible LBers.

    1. I’m finding this new found confidence in the Cowboys run game amusing.

      1. DerfDiggy says:

        Well….it’s not necessarily confidence in the Boys run game, but moreso lack of confidence in the Eagles ability to stop a team from running.

        1. packimop says:

          Soooo have you watched the last 6 quarters the Eagles’ defense has played or not?

          1. Brian says:

            That doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

            The Redskins Oline was pretty much demolished by the second half, and they were losing big, so they were forced to pass… with the shitiest QB tandum in the NFL. Not exactly a recipe for offensive success.

  58. 1youngwiz says:

    you kind of brushed my comment aside, so ill reiterate. that video is pretty telling. when you see austin making plays on other guys, we could both make the same statement but have different meanings. NA lines up on the right. he doesnt move around. so yeah, maybe the cowboys were throwing away from him. but this isnt necessarily because they didnt think they could have success going after him. its because you dont have to. NA is good, obv. now i personally think he is a little overrated, but thats not the point. why even look in his direction when the rest of the secondary sucks?

    so you slide around your best WRs, throw roy williams out left, and carve up the secondary because youve neutralized their best asset with your worst.

    things are more interesting now, because the eagles have stronger 2nd and 3rd corners, but those matchups are a debate i will save for another time.

    1. Brian says:

      I think you’re missing Jimmy’s point. He’s not saying Miles Austin COULDN’T beat NA, whether he can or not remains to be seen. All Jimmy’s saying is that he DIDN’T burn Nnamdi all day, he was burning other guys on the Raider’s defense who are completely irrelevant to Sundays match up.

      1. 1youngwiz says:

        yeah i understand this.. my comment was somewhat of a culmination of things said over at BTB

    2. packimop says:

      So we’ll see whoever lines up against Nnamdi this weekend. I seriously doubt Tony will be throwing his way no matter if it’s Dez or Austin on his side.

      1. 1youngwiz says:

        romo showed, ultimately to his own demise, that hes not afraid to throw at top caliber corners when he continued to target a clearly injured dez bryant week 1 against the jets. you guys have strong enough corners that, unlike when dallas played the raiders, romo wont necessarily be able to pick apart the 2nd and 3rd corner, ignoring NA.

        the matchups with the eagles’ corners and cowboys’ receivers is what im most looking forward to watching play out.

  59. Immynimmy says:

    “Sorry Shmoopy.”

    Okay Jimmy, you just went down 2 respect points in my book 🙂

    1. Ha, I’m comfortable in my manhood.

      1. Eagles Fan in Nola says:

        Love the Seinfeld references in your posts. Keep em comin!

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