It was a tough night for the Dallas Cowboys. Quarterback Tony Romo threw five interceptions, and the offense was only able to put 18 points on the board – 10 realistically if you remove the last minute touchdown and two point conversion. A brief recap of the five picks:
- Dez Bryant apparently doesn’t understand a signal from Romo, resulting in miscommunication at the line and a pick-six returned by Bears CB Charles Tillman. Romo clearly has difficulty processing assignments for his receivers.
- Kevin Ogletree can’t catch a direct pass from Romo, and the ball bounces off his hands and into the waiting arms of Bears S Major Wright. Again, Romo’s inability to lead his receiving corps into solid concentration results in a dropped pass and interception.
- Romo is under heavy pressure from DT Henry Melton after Cowboys RG Mackenzy Bernadeau completely whiffs on the block, forcing Romo up in the pocket. Melton pokes the ball loose and it is caught by LB Lance Briggs who returns it for six. Romo’s slow feet off the snap and inability to get his body on Melton leads to the loose ball and interception No. 3.
- Romo doesn’t see CB D.J. Moore draped over Miles Austin, and in an attempt to force the ball, this one is picked off. Blame for this one goes to Jerry Jones… well, because.
- Down 34-10 with 6:28 to play, the Cowboys enter desperation mode. With Chicago running defenses out with five or more defensive backs, and the Cowboys forced to pass, Romo quickly gets picked off for the fifth and final time. Romo’s inability to stop the Bears' offensive attack led to an extreme deficit, forcing the final pass theft.