Bears vs. Cowboys: The Good, Bad and Ugly from Dallas' Week 4 Loss
Unlike last week, when the Cowboys were able to overcome turnovers and penalties; Dallas was never in the game after the third quarter.
This was supposed to be a statement game for the Cowboys and the statement they made became a whisper in the dark, softly saying, “We’re not as good as we lead you to believe.”
And with that statement, it’s time to take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Week 4.
The Good: Jason Witten
If there was one bright spot for the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, it was the return of Jason Witten.
No, Witten never left the team, but his performances the past three weeks were un-Witten-like.
This week, Witten caught everything and didn't make any mistakes. He was targeted 14 times can came down with 13 receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown. It was good to see the old Jason Witten back on the field.
The Bad: Dez Bryant
It is becoming evident that Dez Bryant is still not on the same page with quarterback Tony Romo.
Bryant did not run the proper route on a blitz that ended in the first interception returned for a touchdown. Romo was seen on the sidelines explaining the proper route to Bryant after that play.
Bryant also dropped two passes that both would have resulted in first downs that would have extended drives. If Dez Bryant does not get up to speed quickly, his time in Dallas may be coming to an end.
The Ugly: Tony Romo
Saying Tony Romo had a bad night would be an understatement.
Romo finished the night with an awful 60.1 passer rating on 31-of-43 passing for 307 yards and five interceptions (not a typo—yes, five).
We are not going focus on the five interceptions because three of them can be blamed on the wide receivers. Tony Romo continues to try and bail out his offensive line and his wide receivers and it is starting to affect his play on the field.
Romo overthrew his wide receivers twice and held on to the ball too long on his only sack. He needs to stop trying to throw a shovel pass when defenders are hanging all over him.
The Good: Sean Lee
Sean Lee continues to be the most consistent player on defense.
He is always around the football and he hustles on every single play.
Sean Lee was one of three Cowboys defenders who was on the field for all 58 defensive snaps. Lee had 10 solo tackles and 14 overall. He had two tackles for a loss and was excellent in coverage.
The Bad: Defensive Coverage on Brandon Marshall
The Cowboys used a linebacker or a safety to cover Marshall several times.
One would think that the best wide receiver for your opponent deserves to be covered by your best cornerback. Or maybe even your second or third best.
Marshall converted two third down plays while being covered by Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler and safety Gerald Sensabaugh.
Rob Ryan needs to rethink that defensive philosophy.
The Ugly: Cowboys Running Game
Do the Dallas Cowboys even have a running game?
The Cowboys have only managed 101 yards on the ground since rushing for 144 yards on opening day against the New York Giants.
Against the Chicago Bears, the Cowboys never stuck with the running game and gained a meager 41 yards on 14 carries.
The Good: No Offensive Line Penalties
For the first time in who knows how long, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line did not commit a single penalty. (Stay positive with the little things!) No false starts, no offensive holding, zip, zero, nada!
Now if they can only do that and do a better job protecting quarterback Tony Romo, they may be able to get something going.
The Bad: Kevin Ogletree
Kevin Ogletree has turned into an enigma. One week he catches everything thrown his way and the next he disappears.
Early in the third quarter, with the Cowboys down 17-7 and facing a 2nd-and-9 from the Bears' 18 yard line, Romo threw a strike to Ogletree on a quick slant.
Ogletree did not hang onto the ball, it bounced into the air and was intercepted by Major Wright. Ogletree cannot drop a pass, especially in the red-zone.
Ogletree just can’t do it and he better make sure it does not happen again, before Dallas replaces him as the third wide receiver on the team.
The Ugly: Doug Free
The offensive line has been bad as a unit, but individually, Doug Free has been awful.
Free’s pass protection has been atrocious and most of the pressure on quarterback Tony Romo has come from the right side. Free allowed six quarterback pressures and one QB hit against the Bears.
With Free at right tackle, Romo does not have to worry about his blindside, he has to worry about what’s coming right at him.
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