Cowboys Fall in Preseason Opener

The Cowboys lose 13-11 to Arizona in the 2005 preseason opener.

The Arizona Cardinals will be hoping to see more of what Kurt Warner gave them.

Warner was solid in his preseason debut for his new team, who posted a 13-11 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

A former Super Bowl and two-time league Most Valuable Player, Warner is trying to revitalize his career after signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals. He started nine games for the New York Giants last season.

Playing nearly the entire first half, Warner completed 14-of-19 passes for 151 yards. He found Larry Fitzgerald, last season's first-round pick, with a 31-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Fitzgerald had five catches for 81 yards.

Neil Rackers and Matt Fordyce kicked field goals for the Cardinals (1-0), who are beginning their second season under coach Dennis Green. Arizona went 6-10 last season.

Cardinals second-round pick J.J. Arrington, expected to enter the season as the club's featured back, carried four times for 12 yards.

The contest also marked the debut of Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who was signed in the offseason after being released by the Buffalo Bills. He went 4-of-8 for 27 yards.

"It kind of seemed like we'd get something going and then we'd have a negative play," Bledsoe said. "But we tip our caps to them. There were a number of times when we'd have a play called, and they'd have a good defense called for it."

Billy Cundiff and Jose Cortez kicked field goals for the Cowboys (0-1). Cundiff missed a 53-yard field goal with 63 seconds remaining.

Undrafted free agent running back Tyson Thompson led the Cowboys in rushing with 10 attempts for 64 yards. Back up quarterback Tony Romo led the team in passing, completing 8-of-10 attempts for 71 yards.

"Pretty sloppy first outing," head coach Bill Parcells said. "We're not going to be able to overcome a lot of the things we did. You know, we had five holding penalties and an illegal motion on that last field goal."

The Cowboys are now 0-3 all-time against the Cardinals in exhibition games but 53-27-1 during the regular season. The two teams meet again this year on October 30 at Texas Stadium.

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