- Associated Press - Sunday, September 19, 2010

ARLINGTON, Texas | Tony Romo walked toward the locker room thinking about all the mistakes the Dallas Cowboys made and all the crucial plays they hadn’t, the 0-2 hole they’re in and the lack of an easy way out.

With nothing else he could do about it Sunday afternoon, Romo smacked his hand against a wall in frustration.

Romo threw two weird interceptions and was far from crisp, his running game was absent and his defense failed to protect two early leads, letting Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears pull out a 27-20 victory Sunday.

Despite all their woes, the Cowboys had a chance to tie it midway through the fourth quarter when new kicker David Buehler badly pulled a 44-yard field goal. After Cutler stretched the lead, Romo began a quick rally that could’ve kept things close, then receiver Roy Williams lost a fumble fighting for extra yards.

Now a club that’s hoping to end its season in the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium walks away from its home opener in the same building mired at 0-2, its worst start since 2001 — the season Quincy Carter replaced Troy Aikman as quarterback. The problems are so widespread there doesn’t seem to be a quick-fix.

“We’ve got to do things better and we need to figure out in a hurry how,” Romo said.

Fans of “America’s Team” will recall the 1993 club started 0-2 and finished as Super Bowl champs, but they were coming off a title and played the first two games without Emmitt Smith because of a contract dispute. This team might be losing key players.

Tight end Jason Witten left midway through the fourth after slamming his head into the turf. Coach Wade Phillips would only say Witten “got banged up to where we had to hold him out.” Pro Bowl cornerback Mike Jenkins hurt his right knee soon after and is scheduled to have an MRI Monday.

“I think it is a crossroads right now,” Phillips said.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he’s trying to be patient, with Buehler (who also missed a 34-yarder in the opener) and everyone else.

“The best thing I can do right now is not knee-jerk,” he said.

However, Jones added, “I’m mad, I’m upset, I’m very frustrated and extremely disappointed.”

Chicago went from a narrow escape at home against a lowly Detroit team that lost its quarterback in the second quarter to a convincing road win over a team that was expected to be among the best in the NFC.

D.J. Moore had both interceptions, Charles Tillman forced Williams‘ fumble and Robbie Gould made field goals of 38 and 40 yards as the Bears improved to 2-0 for the first time since their Super Bowl season in 2006.

“It was a signature game,” coach Lovie Smith said. “We just made plays throughout. … We’ve been saying what we are, which is a good football team, but you have to get wins to validate that.”

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