Romo tosses balls to Bears, Cowboys lose 34-18

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Quarterback Tony Romo picks himself up off the turf as Chicago's Lance Briggs returns an interception 74-yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)




Posted on October 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 11:13 AM

ARLINGTON — In a league in which parity is king and games are decided in the last minute, the Cowboys have now been blown out twice.

The Chicago Bears forced five turnovers — all five of them on interceptions from Tony Romo, and two of them going for defensive touchdowns — in a 34-18 win at Cowboys Stadium Monday night.

Dallas is now 2-2 heading into its bye week, and in the Cowboys' home record at the new stadium falls to 14-12.

But the lack of a home field advantage was the least of their problems.

In the second quarter, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman returned a Romo interception 25 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead. Romo was throwing a short stop route to Dez Bryant, while Bryant ran a stop-and-go.

The two were shown on the TV broadcast talking on the sideline after the play about the miscommunication.

Romo threw his second interception in the third quarter, when Kevin Ogletree couldn't bring in a well-thrown pass on a slant route inside the Red Zone.

The Cowboys got the ball back a couple of plays later on a sack-fumble by Cowboys linebacker Demarcus Ware. On the very next play after that, Romo threw his third interception and second pick-six.

Lance Briggs went 74 yards the other way for the touchdown and a 24-7 lead.

The Bears defense was the story, but their offense was good, too.

Jay Cutler completed 18 of 24 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and Brandon Marshall accounted for more than half those yards (7 catches, 138 yards and a touchdown).

Statistically, Jason Witten had a monster game with 13 catches for 112 yards and a garbage-time touchdown.

Bryant had his second career 100-yard receiving game (8 for 105), but his negative impact on the game was much more significant.

In the second quarter, his third down drop forced the Cowboys to kick a field goal instead of continuing a drive, making the score 24-10 at the time.

Early in the fourth quarter, Bryant lost his defender on a good slant-and-go route, only to drop the deep ball down the sideline that could have gone for a touchdown.

The score was 27-10.

So the Cowboys enter the bye week with more questions than answers. Their 2-2 record puts them a game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East, and tied with the Giants and Redskins.

Next up for the Cowboys is a game in Baltimore on October 14.