Cowboys, Romo Win Preseason Opener

Dallas Cowboys fans were hoping to get a glimpse of Terrell Owens and Drew Bledsoe. Instead, they got a large dose of back up QB Tony Romo.

Romo, signed as a free agent in 2003, completed 19-of-25 passes for 235 yards in leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 preseason victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Owens, the loud-mouthed but talented free agent wide receiver did not play because of strained hamstring, while Bledsoe was held out because the Cowboys wanted to get a good look at Romo.

Romo engineered the only touchdown drive of the game in the first quarter when he directed the Cowboys on a 15-play, 89-yard march, capped by a nine-yard scoring strike to Patrick Crayton which gave Dallas a 7-0 lead.

"He fumbled two snaps," Parcells said. "You can't do that. Other than that, I thought he got us out of some trouble. He made a couple of good back-shoulder throws there to (Jamaica) Rector. But I thought he generally managed the game. He moved around in the pocket himself. So, that was good. I'm glad I got him the work."

Crayton, who finished with four receptions for 61 yards, left the game in the third quarter after suffering a right ankle sprain.

"I watched a lot of film this week and on the touchdown throw, it was just a coverage that I had seen a bunch," Romo said. "Patrick had a good release. The safety was outside, I just waited for him to cross his face a little bit and it worked out well."

Seahawks starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck played two series, completing 4-of-6 passes for 43 yards. Reigning NFL MVP Shaun Alexander played briefly in the first quarter, gaining 13 yards on six carries.

Seneca Wallace completed 11-of-17 passes for 117 yards and David Greene, a third-round pick from Georgia in 2005, was 7-of-11 for 53 yards for the Seahawks, who had just 235 yards of total offense.

Seattle's only points came on a Josh Brown's 40-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Aside from a stingy defense, Tony Romo was the story Saturday night for the Cowboys.

Despite scoring just 13 points, Romo, who entered the game needing to prove he could direct the team in a game type situation, performed well.

"I thought we had more chances to score that we let get away," hesaid. "But that's okay. We'll go back and look at the film and try to correct the mistakes. ...

"But overall, I thought it was a good start for us and something we can build on."

Parcells also said he was pleased to get the win and with Romo's play.

"I am happy to win," Parcells said. "We did a couple of dumb things as usual. I told the players we will have a good push this week because after this next week's game we have two quick back-to-back games so we won't have time to get much done the last two weeks of preseason because we'll be preparing for the games."

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