Testaverde Leads Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys rallied past the Tennessee Titans Monday night, for their second consecutive victory of the 2004 preseason. Vinny Testaverde led the way for the way offensively, completing 17-of-24 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown in the 20-17 win.

New Cowboys running back Eddie George didn't do much against his former team Monday night at Texas Stadium.

George played just one quarter against his old team as the Dallas Cowboys posted a 20-17 preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans.

George spent his first eight seasons with the Houston-Tennessee franchise, becoming the franchise's all-time leading rusher. He was released on July 22 in a salary cap move, then signed with the Cowboys the next day.

Playing just the first quarter, George carried four times for three yards.

"It was a little bit of emotion to see some of my teammates, coaches and trainers I was friends with," George said afterwards. "I think our passing attack carried us pretty well."

Cowboys starter Vinny Testaverde played the entire first half, going 17-of-24 for 240 yards with one touchdown and an interception. His touchdown went for 17 yards to tight end Dan Campbell.

"I felt good out there," Testaverde said. "We started hitting early and often, and things came together for us. It was good to finally get in the end zone and get some things going. Everything came together. We took a step to the next level."

"It's preseason," said Parcells. "But there was a lot of improvement. You can see that. We moved the ball well on offense. We caught it well. We threw it well."
Chris Brown, the replacement for George, scored on an 18-yard run in the first quarter for Tennessee (2-1).

The Cowboys would quickly answer however after Eric Ogbogu blocked Joe Nedney's 46-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter. Testaverde would need just three plays to move the Cowboys 66 yards against a defense primarily consisting of second-teamers. He completed passes of 11 and 38 yards to Terry Glenn before finding Dan Campbell in the endzone for a 10-7 lead.

Antowain Smith added a one-yard TD run in the second quarter for the Titans, who led 14-13 at halftime.

ReShard Lee scored on a six-yard run in the third quarter for Dallas (2-1) and the Titans would add a field goal in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin of victory.

The Cowboys left Texas Stadium Monday evening with continuing concerns about the secondary.

Safety Tony Dixon gave up a 62-yard pass to Tramon Douglas just before halftime. Jemeel Powell and Pete Hunter, who are both competing for the starting right cornerback spot, also struggled at times.

Powell was burned on a 37-yard completion on the opening drive, and Hunter was flagged on a pass interference call that gave up 28 yards.

"Some of these young guys have to step up in the secondary," head coach Bill Parcells said. "They are drawing straws for right corner. One of these guys has to step up and do it."

Despite the penalties and big plays, Parcells was happy with his team's overall effort.

"It's preseason," said Parcells. "But there was a lot of improvement. You can see that. We moved the ball well on offense. We caught it well. We threw it well."

Parcells also praised Testaverde's performance. The 40-year old veteran showed he can still lead an offense down the field with the game on the line.

"I told you he can pass it," said the Cowboys second year head coach. "Tonight, he showed you what he can do. I knew they were a quick, aggressive, attacking defense, so we tried to attack them."

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