Bears 34, Cowboys 18: That's Just Romo Being Romo, and Dez Being Dez, and ...

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It seems to have become a routine occurrence for the Cowboys in the Garrett Era: win one game, lose the next. One step forward, two drunken stumbles into the hot tub.

Don't heap too much praise on any one player, lest you're prepared to be let down the following week. This time, it was the Bears who came and vanquished the mercurial Cowboys, 34-18. The game was there for the taking several times, and the Cowboys refused each chance like they were speed-walking past an aggressive panhandler, pretending to be on the phone. It makes things even worse that Smarmalot himself was the one who got the victory.

Let's get to some observations and awards, then put this little scamp to bed.

Hooray For Real Refs: After Golden Tate became a hated figure in a second city, Roj Goodell and friends decided to quit messing with casino profits players' safety and bring back the real officials. The difference? Not a whole lot, except for the fact that the reviews didn't take half an hour apiece. In fact, it was a pretty clean game flag-wise (6 penalties total, only 2 on Dallas). You can be certain that the overturned pass interference call on Brandon Carr in the 3rd quarter would have required a Street Shout-Out if the scabs had been calling the game.

Romo Out-Romo'ed Himself: He threw for 307 yards, but he threw for five interceptions. It seemed like anytime momentum flipped Dallas' direction, a key turnover or miscue would flip it right back. At least two of the interceptions, the pick-six by Charles Tillman and the Ogletree tip to Major Wright, weren't squarely on Romo. The flip to Lance Briggs for the long touchdown was a back breaker, though, occurring on the first snap after a Cutler fumble.

Borderline Troubled Receiver vs. Full-On Troubled Receiver: One of the obvious demarcations from this game was the performance of either team's star receiver. Dez Bryant, whose off-the-field antics seem to creep up at a regular interval, showed flashes of brilliance combined with moments of sheer ineptitude. His performance, along with Romo's, was a shrunken-down model of the Cowboys' roller coaster behavior the past couple years. Bryant would gash the Bears secondary for a big play, then let a key third down pass zip right through his hands.

Brandon Marshall, on the other hand, tore the Cowboys defense a new everything. The troubled Bears receiver -- whom the broadcast team kept reminding suffers from borderline personality disorder -- got better as the game progressed, showing the freakish blend of size, speed and strength that has made him a top ten receiver in the league for the last few years.

Small Town Of Chicago Shows Up For Their Team: As it became more and more evident that Cowboys fans were switching over to the Rangers game, Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico made a point to mention the overwhelming number of Bears fans in attendance at the game as if it were some huge feat. The Chicago metro area is home to roughly 9.5 million people, not to mention the millions who've moved away (perhaps to Dallas even!) and not abandoned their home rooting interests. It's not like Cowboys were playing a team from Zanzibar. Get over it and talk about football, or Gene Jones' killer art collection.

To The Awards ...

The "Just Kidding, You Know I Don't Suck Now" Player of the Week: Jason Witten. After sleep-walking through the first three weeks of the season, the Cowboys tight end returned to his dominant ways against the Bears. Tony Romo used Witten as a check-down multiple times, with the big target dropping only one of the 14 passes thrown his way en route to a team-leading 112 yards. It was encouraging to see him shake off the yips and get back to his old, reliable self.

The MacGyver Duct Tape and a Shoestring Award: Rob Ryan. It may seem foolish to give an award to the defensive coordinator of a be-smoked team, but follow me here. Take away the two Bears interceptions for touchdowns, and the Cowboys defense only ceded 20 points. Rob Ryan was already missing a starting safety (Barry Church), starting outside linebacker (Anthony Spencer) and starting Pro-Bowl nose tackle (Jay Ratliff). Then, in the first half, linebacker Bruce Carter was sidelined with a mystery injury. It wasn't the prettiest game for the defense, especially toward the end, but for a patchwork group Ryan threw together a solid scheme.

Fantasy Punter of the Year Award: Brian Moorman. Tell your sister-wives, we've got ourselves a punter! Picked up off the street after starting punter Chris Jones was injured, Moorman brought the fury in his three punts Monday night, two of which were downed at the Chicago six. Thanks to 4th Annual Interception Festival, Brian wasn't able to get many other chances, but his three leg-torpedoes showed massive potential. Let's just hope Jason Garrett isn't planning on calling a fake punt anytime soon.


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19 comments
kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Hmmmm.....let's see; 8+8 for, like 20 years.  A "sit down down in front" crowd.  500 dollars for tickets.  A home game DOMINATED by the oppositions fans. 

 

Good job Dallas, Arlington, Jerra!

 

 

ps-I'm just mentioning this; but, is anyone's exit going to be welcomed more than the JJ funeral? He's the Tom Hicks of football. There is no reason this team hasn't won 2 Super Bowls since 1996; and to march on all of our sensibilities, he marches a semi retarded Felix Jones out to play, and a completely lame mascot-it is clear Jerry hates us, and wants us to suffer!

Mervis
Mervis

Best....game.....ever!!! Go Bears!!!!

steve.sandwich
steve.sandwich

Jason Garrett needs to: grows up, say the words "fuck" and "cunt"  more frequently, stop having panic attacks whenever players mention pussy or beer, and stop acting like such a learned twat.   #WhatAHomo

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

The first pick-six is on Romo as much as Dez. Romo doesn't know in 3 years now that he can't trust dumbass Dez to make a read and a decision--the right decision? He seriously thought Dez could handle a multiple-choice route? More evidence that Romo isn't so bright himself, but I'm sure you can throw Garrett into that blamepile too.

 

And holy crap, Gruden is annoying. Guy act like he's hosting an infomercial--always trying to spin everything positive.

 

The o-line is still horrendous. 

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Called it last week, bet we give Balt all they can handle next week..win one, lose one. 

todd
todd

Pretty sound ass whoopin.  I really enjoyed watching it. 

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Youtube video meltdown guy, waiting, waiting.

CoachJim559
CoachJim559

@Dallas_Observer wasnt Romo fault, WE NEED A COACH

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

this is going to be fun.  One week, they will be an unbeatable monster then 1 week, they look worse than my Chiefs.  I love all the haters who say Romo sucks or Jerry needs to go blah blah blah.  Its an old tired excuse.  Its just obvious that for some reason Garrett cant make the sum of the parts better than the individual talent on paper.  Ditka hit the nail on the head, look at the last 6 Super Bowl winners, their coaches are loudmouthed dickheads who demand respect and accountabilty, and they show it to everyone.  While Garrett may do that, his soft demeanor leads to his team looking and seeming soft to the public.   Can we talk about the Rangers now?

Storm_71
Storm_71

Is this game really a surprise to amyone?? This is the same 8 and 8 team we have seen for the past 4 or 5 years.

phe
phe

 @Scruffygeist

 I'm with ya, man. But Romo gave him the same signal he's given Austin and Ogletree in previous games (which have resulted in adjustments to blitzes and big plays) and got a freakin' nod of acknowledgement from Dez. Dez is a big boy who gets paid a lot of dough. I can't fault Romo for making the assumption he got the message.

 

It hardly matters, though. This team's problem is the O line, which is terrible. It's been terrible for years - dating back to the Parcells days. That's because O-linemen aren't sexy, and Jerry wants sexy. You can draft as many Mo Claibornes and Dez Bryants as you want, sign as many Brandon Carrs as there are on the market, but if you can't block or protect, your offense is going to stink. Period.

 

It's never going to change, at least not while Jerry is on this side of the daisys. I've found peace through looking for the humor. And by investing my energy in the Rangers.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

 @Scruffygeist Thank You - the play of the Cowboys was bad enough but motor mouth comment-on-everything Gruden made the whole thing a complete beating

ThaDude
ThaDude

 @Joshsbrokendisqus Next week bye week. I'm in for some LSU - Fla, Aggie - Ole Miss, Tex - W.Va.

That Prosper - Frisco Cent looks like a good one too.

ThaDude
ThaDude

 @todd so did jerah.

 

He's enjoying that 8 and 8 goldmine of a team he paid 140m for that's now worth 1.8b.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin I like the words pussy and beer as much as any one, but Tom Landry got things done without it.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @Sotiredofitall He's football's national version of Tom Grieve. Always has to be chattering about something and has to rationalize it positive.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @primi_timpano  @ScottsMerkin Tom Landry coached in time when those words weren't used as rampantly as now, most coaches of Landry era were that way, Hank Stram and Lombardi come to mind.  But that was back when they coached men, who played football and had other jobs a life.  Now we have punk ass 21 year olds who cant wipe their own asses and think they shit gold playing the game.  Theses guys need and violent, vulgar leader, its the only way to get their attention

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