Bledsoe Makes a Statement

It didn't take long for Drew Bledsoe to make Cowboys fans forget about a potential quarterback controversy Monday night in a 30-7 win over the New Orleans Saints.

Bledsoe threw for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12-of-16 passing to guide the Dallas Cowboys past the New Orleans Saints, 30-7, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Terry Glenn hauled in four passes for 71 yards and a score while backup signal-caller Tony Romo went 6-of-8 for 138 yards and a TD.

"Terry made two or three outstanding plays," Parcells said afterwards. "It shows me he's on his way to getting ready to go."

Terrell Owens did not participate in the game. The controversial wide receiver missed 14 straight practices with a hamstring injury before returning to the field on August 16, and head coach Bill Parcells felt that he needed more preparation time before playing in a game.

Drew Brees threw for 67 yards on 7-of-12 passing in the loss, while No. 2 overall pick Reggie Bush was limited to 21 total yards.

Dallas put together a 14-play, 77-yard drive on its opening possession, which was capped by Shaun Suisham's 24-yard field goal.

A spectacular catch by Glenn with 1:43 left in the first quarter made it 10-0 Dallas. Bledsoe threw a 10-yard lob pass toward the right corner of the end zone, which Glenn snagged from behind the back of his defender with one arm for the touchdown.

Bledsoe then hit rookie Sam Hurd with a 13-yard fade pass late in the second quarter to give Dallas a 17-0 halftime lead.

Suisham tacked on a 42-yard field goal with 3:29 left in the third quarter to make it a 20-point margin.

New Orleans finally got on the board on a one-yard run by Jamal Branch in the fourth, but the Cowboys quickly countered with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Romo to Miles Austin.

A 49-yard field goal by Dallas' Tyler Fredrickson capped the scoring. Dallas' new kicker, Mike Vanderjagt, wasn't used because of a strained groin.

Bledsoe, who entered the game needing to play well after backup Tony Romo has looked strong through the early stages of preseason, acknowledged that he was anxious to see the field.

"It gets you going," he said. "But I can't tell you I would have done anything different in camp had I been the only quarterback."

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