Romo vows change with offense moving in wrong direction

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ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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by JOE TRAHAN

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WFAA

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 7:15 PM

ARLINGTON -- The Cowboys offense goes from not scoring enough to scoring too many for the other team.

The Cowboys turned it over five times in their 34-18 loss to the Bears, two of them leading directly to Chicago defensive touchdowns.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw five interceptions for the second time in his career.

"You have to get over it," Romo said. "It's going to suck for a few days now. Obviously, it's going to sit there in your stomach and just eat at you. In different situations out there I just tried to do too much and help out different areas. That's going to catch up to you in the National Football League."

Romo was under near-constant pressure because of the Cowboys struggling offensive line.

At times, he was able to make plays. Other times, he made monumental mistakes.

It was apparent Dez Bryant made a mistake and ran the wrong route on the Charles Tillman interception that gave the Bears their first touchdown of the game. Romo's second interception bounced off Kevin Ogletree's hands. Romo was under duress when he threw his third interception -- Grapevine native and Texas-ex Henry Melton blew by Mackenzie Bernadeau, forcing Romo into another bad play.

The last two picks were all on Romo trying to force the ball when there was nothing.

"I'm going to have to re-assess a couple of things that are happening and make sure they don't happen again," Romo said. "Its been like this at a time where we had a game where we had turnovers last year. I just have to make a conscious effort to make sure to control that aspect. In saying that, I can't try to do too much. I think I tried to do that too much. Going forward, I'm just going to have to do my job. And I will."

Romo completed 31-of-43 passes for 307 yards. He was sacked once and finished with a 60.1 passer rating.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he was surprised by the horrible showing.

"We met a Chicago team that made big plays with the ball," Jones said. "They took care of the ball. They made plays with the ball. We didn't."

After the game and just after the media was allowed to enter the Cowboys locker room, Jones was seen giving a pep talk to groups of players, re-enforcing the idea that its a long season and there was no reason to get too far down.

"We got beat soundly," Jones said. "That's all there is to it. I'm very disappointed to get beat at home in front of our fans. We thought a lot was at stake here. We got a long way to go."

Jones has got that much right.

E-mail: jtrahan@wfaa.com

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