“At the point it's a case of being overly aggressive,” Garrett said. “You want to go down and score and score as quickly as you can. He was overly aggressive with the last two interceptions.
“But the earlier one was a contested throw to Ogletree. You had the miscommunication with Dez Bryant and the other one was escaping the pocket and it got knocked out. Those two were returned for touchdowns. Those were the big plays. That's what they do. They're an outstanding defense.”
Cutler, another quarterback often criticized for inconsistent play, completed 18 of 24 passes for 275 yards and two TDs.
Throwing no interceptions, Cutler led Chicago on a 73-yard drive to open the second half, capped by a sliding Devin Hester 34-yard grab. Cutler took advantage of a blitz that left Hester one-on-one with Dallas rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne.
Claiborne was involved in another key play. Claiborne stole the ball from Chicago wide receiver Alshon Jeffery late in the third quarter. The original call was Dallas possession at the Chicago 30. After reviewing the play, the play was reversed, giving the ball back to the Bears.
Bryant, the former Oklahoma State star, hauled in eight catches for 105 yards and a 2-point conversion. But in addition to his misread with Romo, Bryant dropped a long-gainer and was flagged for an illegal shift penalty.
Maybe Dallas owner Jerry Jones needs to keep the roof closed in his $1.2 billion palace. With the roof and doors open for the first time in two years, the Cowboys fell to 1-4 when the roof is open. The only win was against Oakland on Thanksgiving 2009.
The Cowboys have a bye next week. After the off week they face a brutal stretch with four of their next five games on the road, starting with a game at Baltimore. The only home game in October is against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
“The bye week always comes at a good time relative to injuries,” Garrett said, referring to three of the defensive front seven not playing Monday night. “Hopefully, we can get a lot of these guys back for Baltimore.”