If Tony Romo has his way Monday night against the Bears, he will have his offense establish the run early against the league's worst defense in that category, then pick them apart with his multiple passing weapons.
"Some weeks you are going to run it more than others," the Cowboys' quarterback said Thursday. "You want to have some balance and do some good things"
The Bears haven't been able to contain unheralded backs such as the Rams' undrafted rookie Benny Cunningham, not to mention the reigning league MVP Adrian Peterson of the Vikings in recent weeks. On Monday night the Bears defense has to be mindful of both run and pass threats.
"(Receiver Dez Bryant) is a very explosive player, and Romo is a quarterback who can buy time, so with that (passing)combination they can be very dangerous," Bears cornerback Tim Jennings said. "We have to minimize what they want to do."
Running back DeMarco Murray has rushed for 697 yards this season, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
Romo is 1-2 as a starter against the Bears, completing 87 of 129 passes (67.4 percent) for 1,010 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions.
He was 31 of 43 for 307 yards with one touchdown and a career-high tying five interceptions against the Bears in a 34-18 loss last season.
Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is wary of the Cowboys' arsenal.
"It all starts with the quarterback," Tucker said. "He has great command of their offense. He can make all the throws... excellent wide receivers ... ... Pro Bowl-type tight ends (Jason Witten), running game."
The Bears hope veteran defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff will aid the run defense. The former Cowboy returned to action last Sunday for the first time this season against the Vikings after rehabbing a groin injury.
Tucker knows it will take more than talk and desire to get the job done as the Bears' playoff hopes fade.
"Technique and fundamentals are going to be key. We cannot beat ourselves," Tucker said. "That's going to be huge. Not give up big plays, make them go the long, hard way. When we get a chance to get off the field on third down, we have to do that."
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