The Dallas Cowboys came into Monday Night‘s contest with the Chicago Bears knowing they were going up against one of the better defenses in the NFL, but they also thought there defensive unit was just as good; unfortunately for the Cowboys and their fans that didn’t prove to be so as Dallas lost 34-18 which was highlighted by Tony Romo‘s five interceptions.
Romo’s mistakes reared their ugly head again early and often as he tossed his first interception in the second quarter as Charles Tillman picked off a pass intended for Dez Bryant and ran it back 25-yards for a touchdown. That was only the beginning as Romo tossed two more in the third quarter and then two more in the fourth. One of his two picks in the third quarter resembled more of a fumble than an interception as he was hit by several Bears and defenders and than ball squirted out his hands and ended up in Chicago’s Lance Briggs hands. Briggs then ran 75 yards for a touchdown which seemed to be the play that completely deflated Dallas.
The Bears defense is beginning to look like that of their defensive unit in 2006 when they went to the Super Bowl; causing turnovers left and right along with scoring tons of points off of those turnovers. Chicago leads the NFL in forced turnovers so far this with their 14 through just four games.
Jay Cutler put together a very good game for the Bears offense as he completed 18 of his 24 attempts for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Cutler and Brandon Marshall looked like one of the top QB/WR duo’s in the league as they hooked up for seven receptions, 138 yards and a score. In Matt Forte‘s return to action following his ankle sprain in week two he rushed for 52 yards on 13 attempts and seems to be ready to truly become his old self next week.
The Cowboys rushing attack seemed non-existent as DeMarco Murray rushed for just 24 yards on 11 carries and the Cowboys in total had just 41 yards on the ground on 14 carries. If Dallas doesn’t get some type of production out of the running game then there are going to plenty more games with Romo having multiple interceptions due to the fact that defenses are just going to play the pass against them.
Dallas won this game in many statistical categories including first downs (26-18), total yardage gained (430-360) and total plays (68-54) but it was the turnovers that was there demise. If they can’t figure out how to cut down on those then they will have a serious problem for the remainder of the season. The Cowboys (2-2) have a bye week awaiting them to try to figure out some things on both sides of the ball while the Bears (3-1) will face the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) on the road next week.