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The Cowboys had a national showcase. A home Monday Night Football game in their sparkling stadium, with the Chicago Bears coming in and the world watching. Then… a brutally ugly 34-18 loss that ended with nothing but Chicago faithful in the stands.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw five interceptions, including two pick-sixes, and the meltdown was on. Now the Cowboys have a bye, though as Romo said, “It’s just going to suck for a few days now, obviously.”
The goal is to regroup. There’s nothing else they can do. The Cowboys will get healthy, likely getting OLB Anthony Spencer (chest), C Phil Costa (back), and NT Jay Ratliff (ankle) back. They will also try to get their minds right.
“We’ve got a long way to go, but this isn’t the way I wanted to get started,” owner Jerry Jones said after the game. “Nobody in this dressing room does. I’m glad we got the time off we got. Give us a chance to re-assess and look in the mirror, let our coaching staff do it. As it turns out after tonight, it is a very timely bye for us. Hopefully, we can get in here, take the good things we’ve done up until now, go back out and get started again.”
There were some long faces. Romo’s was one of them, considering the way he played. TE Jason Witten thinks the quarterback will bounce back.
“Everybody knows the story on Tony,” Witten said. “Tony’s the most competitive guy, he’s a heck of a football player, great quarterback. It was obviously a tough night for him, but he’ll evaluate it and be better because of it. Trust me, I’ve said it many times. He’s an elite quarterback, he’ll get back to playing the way he can play.”
LB Sean Lee, a team leader, said character isn’t the issue. It’s about execution.
“It’s executing, not playing bad football when it comes to making mistakes,” Lee said. “Character-wise, we’re putting in work. We have the leadership. It’s a matter of taking it to the field, the practice we put in.”
Jones was upset. But he wasn’t ready to pack it in. Not at 2-2. He’s been down this road before.
“I’ve been buried nine feet under before with no hope and got to see some sunshine,” Jones said. “This is very disappointing. We’ll get in here, look and see how we can play better.“