Picked off: Charles Tillman had the ball thrown right into his hands. All the Chicago Bears cornerback had to do was grab it and run 25 yards untouched down the sideline for a touchdown.
Lance Briggs had to go three times farther and sidestep a few Dallas Cowboys on his way to the end zone.
The interception returns by Tillman and Briggs, who are among the five 30-something starters on Chicago’s defence, came in a 34-18 win over the Cowboys on Monday night when Tony Romo matched his career high with five picks.
“This has to be a wakeup call for us. I don’t say that nonchalantly. It has to be,” said Jason Witten, the Cowboys’ 10th-year tight end. “You can’t bounce back and forth like this and try to compete come December-time. You can’t do it. We have been in that situation before. You cannot do it. And we know that, and we’ll get better.”
Making things worse for the Cowboys, they now head into their bye week. And their next game is Oct. 14 at Baltimore, starting a stretch of playing four of five on the road.
“These next two weeks are going to be very long,” running back DeMarco Murray said. “They’re going to seem like forever.”