CHICAGO -- Tony Romo looked desperate early on, scrambling,
rushing throws and doing all he could to avoid the Chicago defense.
The only thing he didn't do was go away.
It looks like the Cowboys won't, either.
Romo passed for 329 yards after a rough start, Anthony Henry had
two interceptions for the second straight week and Dallas made a
big statement, beating the Bears 34-10 on Sunday night.
The Cowboys showed just how serious a contender they are in the
NFC during the second half, outscoring the Bears 31-7. Dallas is
3-0 for the first time since 1999.
"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.
He again showed that last season's rise from obscurity to the
Pro Bowl was no fluke, going 22-for-35 with two touchdowns and an
He led the Cowboys on an 89-yard touchdown drive to start the
second half, breaking a 3-3 tie. And he put the Cowboys ahead for
good, 17-10, with a 10-yard touchdown pass late in the third period
that capped a 91-yard drive.
Henry added a 28-yard interception return early in the fourth
quarter to make it 27-10, and Marion Barber scored from the 1 after
breaking off a 54-yard run.
It was a terrible night all around for the Bears (1-2).
The defending conference champions lost four Pro Bowl players to
injuries: linebacker Lance Briggs (groin), cornerback Nathan Vasher
(groin), defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee) and guard Ruben Brown (ankle).
Rex Grossman had another rough outing, going 15-of-32 with 195
yards. He threw three interceptions, did not have a touchdown and
was sacked three times -- twice by DeMarcus Ware. That's why
Grossman heard more boos from the home crowd.
If he's worried about his job security, Grossman wasn't letting
"I'm going about my business and not worrying about the things
that I don't control,'' he said.
Would it surprise him if he lost his job? Grossman said, "Same
Coach Lovie Smith continued to support the embattled QB.
"Rex Grossman is our quarterback,'' Smith said. "I know he's
going to take a lot of the blame. We all will take a lot of the
blame. We didn't get a lot done.''
Not that Grossman had much help.
Bernard Berrian caught six passes for 73 yards, but dropped a
potential touchdown pass in the first half.
Cedric Benson ran for 46 yards on 16 carries, and the Bears
could only muster 239 yards against the 25th-ranked defense. They
fumbled three times and lost one, and have 11 turnovers in three
Brian Urlacher had two sacks, but the Cowboys finished with 431
yards. After scoring a combined 82 points in the first two games,
Dallas perked up in the second half to add to its total.
By the time it was over, Terrell Owens had eight catches for 145
yards. He moved past Michael Irvin into 14th place on the NFL's
career list with 12,044 yards and became the 14th player to pass
the 12,000-yard mark.
Jason Witten caught six passes for 90 yards and Barber ran for
102 yards on 15 attempts.
"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
Romo, who grew up about 80 miles away in Burlington, Wis., came
into the game with a 119.3 rating that ranked second among
quarterbacks with two starts behind Tom Brady. But he hadn't faced
a defense like Chicago's.
After passing for 17 yards in the first quarter, Romo went to
He and Owens led the Cowboys on an 89-yard touchdown drive to
start the second half and break a 3-3 tie, hitting Owens with a
23-yard pass and two 18-yarders before Witten's 3-yard scoring
The Bears then drove 86 yards -- 52 of them coming on a pass to
Desmond Clark before Benson ran it in from the 1 to tie it.
But Romo connected with Barber for a 10-yard pass with 1:26 left
in the third that put Dallas ahead.
Nick Folk kicked a 44-yard field goal just under three minutes
into the fourth, and moments later, the Cowboys put away the Bears.
Henry stepped in front of a pass intended for Muhsin Muhammad and
ran it back 28 yards, making it 27-10.
"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.
Briggs appeared to injure himself midway through the second
quarter, when Urlacher sacked Romo. Briggs, who was trying to avoid
Urlacher, stayed in the game but did not come out for the second
half. Vasher, a Pro Bowl pick in 2005, walked off the field midway
through the third quarter after being injured away from the ball.
Harris and Brown were injured in the fourth. ... Bears rookie TE
Greg Olsen caught two passes for 28 yards after missing the first
two games with a sprained knee. ... This is Dallas' 14th 3-0 start.