Well, Tony Romo did pass for over 300 yards. So there’s that.
The rest of the evening, he was making mistake after mistake after mistake…five of ’em, to be precise. That’s how many times he threw interceptions to the Chicago Bears, who returned two of those for touchdowns in a 34-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
“It’s going to sit there in your stomach and just eat at you,” Romo said (via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News). “In different situations out there where you’re trying to do too much and help out different areas, I think that is going to catch up to you at some point in the National Football League. I’m going to have to reassess a couple of things that are happening and make sure that they don’t happen again.”
He’ll have a long stomach-turning bye week in which to do so, even though some of the blame for the interceptions rests on the shoulders of his wide receivers. “The number one factor is taking care of the football,” Romo said. “I know that and preach it to the guys. It’s obviously frustrating.”
At least it isn’t baffling. The Cowboys, as Kerry J. Byrne of Cold Hard Football Facts notes, have been “all hat and no cattle” for some time. They’re 122-122 since 1997 and are, Byrne notes, poor at situational football.
Dallas’s 34-18 loss to Chicago was a perfect example of its inefficiency: the Cowboys outgained the Bears 430 to 360 in total yards. But Dallas lost the turnover battle 5-1, lost the third-down battle 58 percent to 33 percent and handed Chicago two defensive scores (INT returns by Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs).
The Cowboys, in other words, proved once again they are America’s Dumbest Team – much like we said before the game and [ESPN’s Steve] Young said after the game. Romo is obviously the whipping boy, as the quarterback so often is.
Cowboys owner and Jerry Wipes purveyor Jerry Jones summed up the effort of his 2-2 team against the Bears: “We met a Chicago team that made big plays with the ball. They took care of the ball. They made plays with the ball. We didn’t. We got beat soundly. 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.”
It made for a tough night for the No. 1 fan of America’s Team, who shared his angst on Twitter. LeBron James tweeted a curse after a Romo interception and lamented that “We gone need a BIG 4th quarter!” Which didn’t exactly materialize…and left him considering the prospect of facing Miami Heat teammate — and Chicago Bears fan — Dwyane Wade today.
I’m going to bed! SMD. Not looking forward to seeing @dwyanewade 2morrow at practice. Like Pops said “U live, u live to fight another day”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 2, 2012
At least James faces the prospect of a little easier day than ESPN’s Jon Gruden, who has to swallow the verbiage from his odd little pregame rant about Romo and Chicago’s Jay Cutler (via Yahoo’s Doug Farrar, who transcribed while others scratched their heads):
And Tony Romo … I’ve seen him break his collarbone! I’ve seen him break a rib! Puncture a lung! This is the TOUGHEST COWBOY THEY HAVE IN TEXAS!!! But at the end of the night, Tony Romo gets more done on his own than any quarterback in pro football. LOOK AT TONY ROMO CREATE PLAYS WITH HIS LEGS AND HIS ARM. He has no fear … I love this song (“God Blessed Texas” by Little Texas) … GOD BLESS TONY ROMO … They need to change the words of this song. Because without Tony Romo, the Cowboys got no chance. But he is the most dazzling playmaking quarterback in football and I LovewatchinghimRomo.