Brandon Marshall, defense lead Bears to 34-18 Monday Night Football win
- Tony Romo completed 36 passes in Dallas last night. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, five of those were to Chicago Bears.
- For Cowboys fans, when Kyle Orton is under center with 3:03 to play, that usually means one of three things, two of them bad: either Dallas is on its way to a blowout victory, Tony Romo is injured, or Tony Romo stunk. Last night, it was the latter.
- Romo threw five picks for the second time in his career -- the other also coming on a Monday night, against the Bills on Oct. 8, 2007 -- and was pulled for Orton with the game out of reach, 34-10, late in the fourth quarter.
- Major Wright had two of the interceptions, and both Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman (pictured) returned interceptions for touchdowns.
- The Bears offense played well, too, namely Jay Cutler (18-for-24, 275 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 140.1 rating) and Brandon Marshall (seven catches for 138 yards, one touchdown).
- The game wasn't without incident for the mercurial Cutler, though. He and offensive coordinator Mike Tice were involved in an incident on the sideline in the second quarter.
- The Bears improved to 3-1 with the win, tied for the best mark in the NFC North with the Vikings. (Yes, you read that right.) The Cowboys are 2-2, one game behind the Eagles in the NFC East.
Nationals, Tigers clinch division titles; A's secure playoff spot
- Your Washington Nationals are National League East champs.
- Gio Gonzalez, Adam LaRoche, Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Stephen Stras . . . -- never mind -- will lead the division champs to the postseason.
- In the AL, the Athletics secured a playoff spot despite their .238 team batting average.
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