Interceptions and Interceptions and Bears--Oh My!
Tony Romo had already thrown 4 interceptions, and I was preparing my trash talk for Cowboy fans at work. I was checking all fantasy action in both sports when I hear Mike Tirico say Tony Romo just threw his 5th INT. You have no idea how great it will be to walk into work and hit somebody with the line when least expected, 'Romo just threw another pick.'
The funny thing about that is, when asked of my opinion on the game at work, I said the QB who throws the pick 6 will lose the game. Who woulda thought we would see two pick 6's? Both defenses coming in were highly ranked; Cowboys #1 and Bears #6. When you consider the pass rush on both sides and poor judgment from both QB's during their career, that's not too hard to predict.
If you're a Cowboys fan you have to be sick from the standpoint that Romo was actually 31/43 for 307 Yds. After throwing his first pick 6, he settled down nicely and led the TD drive before the half. He shredded the soft cover 2 that the Bears call a defense. He did a great job avoiding the rush and found receivers wide open. If you watch Bears games or happen to be a fan of the team, you know how easy it is to throw on this defense when given proper protection.
I was infuriated as a Bears fan with that drive before the half, because they had all the momentum up 10-0 and then the Cowboys gained a great deal back by trailing just 10-7 at the half. What shocked me more than anything was the Bears opening drive to start the second half. After putting up just 3 offensive points in the first half, Cutler opened it up and the protection was there. He hit Jeffery for 11 and 16 yards, Marshall for 10 yards, and then off his back foot made a great throw to Devin Hester for a 34-yard TD.
I was blown away--the Bears made adjustments--ALERT THE MEDIA. Answering the Dallas score was as big as any of the 5 INT's. No idea how the game goes if the Bears punt on that first possession to start the second half, and then Dallas gets the ball back down 10-7. I had been screaming for Cutler to do something big all week and he finally delivered with that one drive.
Romo then once again abused the Bears defense and went right down the field. However, as often was the case in this game, a wide receiver let him down. A pass intended for Kevin Ogletree inside the 10 got batted up in the air and intercepted. Cutler then did his best to keep the Cowboys in the game when he forgot that Demarcus Ware was on the field and held the ball too long. Typical Cutler ignoring the clock in his head, got stripped and the Cowboys recovered. Normally I lose it and scream profanity. However, you almost expect Cutler to make at least one bonehead play in a game. You just pray that is the only one.
So Romo gets the ball back and now I'm thinking short field--Cowboys are at the very least getting a Field Goal. Instead he gets pressured by Henry Melton and tries to shovel a pass towards Jason Witten, but throws it right to Lance Briggs, who takes it to the house. I was thrilled to hear Steve Young place the onus on Romo in the post game show. It seems most at ESPN, including Gruden during the broadcast, are Romo apologists. Now while Romo had zero help from Dez Bryant and Ogletree, he still makes bad decisions at times.
This was a big win for the Bears. Cutler and Marshall looked like they did in week 1 against the Colts. Hopefully there will be more consistency between the two and we won't have to wait another 3 weeks to see that again. This is the rare occasion where you live with the defense allowing over 400 yards of offense. The Bears lead the league in takeaways after the 5 tonight. Great night if you had the Bears D in fantasy.
Bears are now tied with the Vikings (the Vikings?) at 3-1 in the NFC North. The pieces are all in place for this to be a special season for the team from the windy city. It's all about execution and hopefully a little luck when it comes to injuries. If you're a Bears fan--get excited, this could be a fun ride.