Cowboys Crush Bears 34-10, Become True Force to be Reckoned With
The Dallas Cowboys became the team to beat in the NFC after the Cowboys annihilated the Bears 34-10 at Soldier Field and improved to 3-0. The Bears dropped to 1-2. The offense was doing its usual thing, even against a stout Bears defense, and Anthony Henry even returned one for a TD on defense.
At the end of the 1st half, it was tied 3-3, but still with plenty of action. It had a blocked FG, a couple of interceptions, dropped passes, and very questionable officiating. The 2nd half was a much different story… for the Cowboys anyways.
After receiving the ball to begin the 3rd quarter, Tony Romo navigated Dallas down the field on a 9-play 89-yard drive that ended in a 3-yard pass to Jason Witten in the back of the end zone for a 10-3 Cowboys lead. However, on the ensuing Chicago drive Cedric Benson scored from 1 yard out to tie it at 10. From there on out, it was all Cowboys.
Tony Romo, not phased by the score, but facing a 3rd and 11 from his own 8 yard line, he threw a bullet to Terrell Owens who took it up to the 43 yard line to provide breathing room. Romo then completed the drive, with a pass in the flat to Marion Barber III who made a powerful run in which he made a couple of would-be Bears’ tacklers miss for a 17-10 Cowboys lead.
After recovering a fumble on Chicago’s next possession and cashing that into a field goal to make it 20-10, Anthony Henry picked Rex Grossman off again, this time returning it 28 yards for the touchdown to give the Cowboys a 27-10 lead.
Dallas then finished off the scoring when Marion Barber III recorded his 2nd TD of the night on a 1-yard plunge on 2nd and goal to make the final 34-10 Cowboys. He previously broke a 54-yard run down to the Chicago 1 to set it up.
Tony Romo had another spectacular night, completing 22/35 passes for 329 yards with 2 TD’s and an INT that really wasn’t his fault.
"I think this journey that we’re going on has been pretty fun, and I think it’s going to be really exciting for the rest of the year," Romo said.
"I think we’re a very explosive offense," Romo said. "The funny thing is last year I think we were a good offense as well, but I was probably more of 67 completion percentage type guy, this year we’re going down the field in chunks. And you’re not going probably going to have as high completion (percentage) but you’re probably going to score more points with the way we’re doing things."
Marion Barber III carried the ball 15 times for 102 yards with a TD while Julius Jones rushed it 7 times for 26 yards.
T.O. had 8 receptions for 145 yards while Jason Witten caught 6 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Julius Jones caught 2 passes for 29 yards, while Partick Crayton, despite his broken pinky finger, made 3 catches for 27 yards. Marion Barber III’s only reception was a 10-yard hard-nosed TD. He had 2 TD’s on the night.
"I feel like it was mission accomplished coming in here and playing against a great defense," Owens said. "They gave Tony some fits. They bring a heck of pass rush and Tony was able to escape and use his ability to get out of some of those jams and find some open guys down the field."
The defense was once again stellar. Anthony Henry recorded 2 more INT’s, and even returned 1 for a TD. Roy Williams also had an interception and also recovered a fumble. Overall the Dallas defense held Chicago to 239 yards on offense.
Nick Folk was 2/3 on FG’s, having one blocked but connecting on a 44 yarder.
So where’s Tony Romo’s contract extension now? I think he’s shown more than enough to get signed long-term. Our defense is only going to keep getting better, and with our explosive offense, we’re going to be a very difficult team to beat. It was a great effort all around in this blowout win that I hope you guys enjoyed tonight. It was very exciting. Now we get to heaad home to the friendly confines of Texas Stadium to face the Rams next Sunday. Can’t wait.
HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!