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2-2 Cowboys heading into bye and brutal stretch

Associated Press Modified: October 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm •  Published: October 2, 2012

The Lions wiped out a 24-point deficit in the second half last year. Lance Briggs' 74-yard return in the third quarter Monday night, on a ball that was poked out of Romo's hands and could have easily been ruled a fumble, put Chicago up 24-7.

On its 11 possessions against the Bears, Dallas scored two touchdowns — one in the game's final minute with backup quarterback Kyle Orton — and a field goal. There were the five picks after punting the first three times they had the ball.

Even with a season-low two penalties, correcting something that had been a big problem, there was no way to overcome five turnovers.

The Cowboys had only one takeaway, a fumble by Jay Cutler on DeMarcus Ware's fifth sack of the season. But Briggs' interception came on the very next play.

Jacksonville is the only NFL team that has played four games and scored fewer than the 65 points by Dallas. The Cowboys are averaging 364 total yards per game, 296 passing and only 68 rushing.

"What you have to do is keep banging away at it," Garrett said.

Even though Romo has completed two-thirds of his passes (101 of 151) and is on pace for a career-high 4,592 yards passing, he has five touchdowns with eight interceptions — only two fewer picks that he had in 522 attempts last season. He has been sacked eight times after being taken down a career-high 36 times last season.

Running back DeMarco Murray, who ran 20 times for 131 yards in the victory at the Giants, has 41 carries for 106 yards in the three games since with two 11-yard runs.

Garrett on Tuesday was calm and collected, as usual, when discussing the latest loss. While some things need to change, the coach said his demeanor won't.

"One of the things I've learned a long time ago, really in life, as a player and certainly as a coach, is you have to be who you are," Garrett said. "I think anybody who knows me, coaches and players on our football team, knows the passion and intensity I have for this game, and for coaching and teaching, trying to get this team right."


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