Chicago scored on every possession save for the one that ended with Bears quarterback Josh McCown's game-ending kneel-down. Dallas' suspect secondary has been lambasted, as has Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. But this was a total systemic breakdown, and defensive end DeMarcus Ware was a part of it.
Ware's reputation as one of the game's top defensive players is fading. He picked up a garbage-time sack Monday, giving him six on the season. He's on pace for his lowest sack total since he was a rookie.
The Cowboys need more from Ware -- and he knows it.
"Health-wise, I'm fine. I feel good, I was running around out there. I didn't get tired," Ware said after the 45-28 loss via ESPN.com. "At the end of the day, I haven't been playing like the DeMarcus of the past and I got to get back to that.
"It's December (and) people always say the light turns on in December, and you set yourself apart from everybody and I got to get back on track with that."
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said a lingering thigh injury has played a role in Ware's pedestrian performance in recent weeks. At 31 and nine seasons into a great career, Ware needs to put a free-falling defense on his back.
The question is whether he's still capable of such feats.