Final

Cowboys 16

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Bengals 7

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:00 PM ET, August 8, 2010

Fawcett Stadium, Canton, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 3 3 3 716
CIN 0 0 0 77

Cowboys force four turnovers, net three field goals in win over Bengals

Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio -- Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice could be excused if they turned their eyes away from the field. Maybe there was a rerun of "Dancing with the Stars" to catch.

The NFL offensive icons who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame the previous day could not have been comfortable with the action at Fawcett Stadium on Sunday night, when Dallas beat Cincinnati 16-7 to open the preseason.

At least they could marvel at Chad Ochocinco's footwear.

The Bengals receiver wore gold shoes for his few plays. Was that a tribute to Smith, Rice and the other members of the Class of 2010?

"That's exactly what it was, how did you know?" he said. "That's exactly why I did it."

Asked about possibly being fined by the league for sidestepping the dress code, he threw up his hands in disdain and moved on to other questions.

"Chad has so many different-colored shoes he is like a woman," Terrell Owens chimed in.

The offenses generally sputtered all night and there were eight sacks in a sloppy affair. Clearly, none of the aura of the NFL's career leaders in rushing and receiving rubbed off.

At least some of Saturday's other inductees -- the ones who played defense, Dick LeBeau, John Randle and Rickey Jackson -- could appreciate the lack of scoring and the takeaways. Dallas picked off three passes and recovered a fumble; Cincinnati also recovered a fumble.

Nobody could be impressed by the slew of penalties, 16 overall, 12 by Cincinnati for 90 yards. Then again, it was the preseason opener.

"The best thing about it," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said, "is you see what you did and what you need to improve on."

The Cowboys hope this is the opening step, small as it was, toward becoming the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its home stadium. That goal will take months before it can be achieved, of course, and the most memorable item this weekend for them will remain Smith's entry into the Hall of Fame.

"Having Emmitt inducted into the Hall of Fame is special," All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. "For us now playing for the Cowboys, it does make it extra special."

Most of the regulars worked short shifts. At least the Cowboys' starters looked sharp during their minimal stints.

Tony Romo led them to the Cincinnati 2 with a steady opening drive before they stalled and David Buehler kicked a 20-yard field goal. Romo was 5 for 10 for 59 yards.

"You just have to continue to work on the things we've been doing through the offseason and in training camp," Romo said. "You're never sure until you get into a game-like mode, and some of the new stuff, it was nice to see it work out really well. It's a start. We have to build off of it, but we still have a ways to go, and we're on the way."

Dallas certainly needs better protection for its quarterbacks after Cincinnati had five sacks, including two by linebacker Michael Johnson.

The Bengals made plenty of offseason news with the additions of Owens and Pacman Jones, who was not signed by any teams last year because of his previous off-field issues and missed the season. Neither former Cowboy had much impact, although Owens caught two passes for 18 yards and was thrown to four times by Carson Palmer.

"We're a work in progress," Owens said. "We're getting there. It felt just like practice."

It often looked like it, as well.

Buehler added field goals of 34 yards in the second quarter and 23 yards in the third. The last kick was set up when linebacker Brandon Williams returned an interception of Jordan Palmer -- Carson's younger brother and Cincinnati's third-string quarterback -- 36 yards to the Bengals 9-yard line.

Dallas capped the one-sided victory when Brandon Sharpe picked off Jordan Palmer's fourth-quarter pass and dived untouched into the end zone for a 6-yard score.

Bengals rookie Jordan Shipley ran back a punt 63 yards in the final minutes, and Jordan Palmer hit rookie tight end Darius Hill for a 1-yard TD with 51 seconds remaining.

"It was looking like we'd get the shutout," Ware said. "Almost did."

Cincinnati's best player was punter Kevin Huber, who averaged 46.4 yards on 10 punts.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
CIN
1st Downs1710
Passing 1st downs
119
Rushing 1st downs
51
1st downs from Penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
5-172-13
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays7557
Total Yards297179
Yards per play4.03.1
Total Drives1515
Passing212136
Comp - Att
23-4116-36
Yards per pass
5.23.8
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks - Yards Lost
5-284-17
Rushing8543
Rushing Attempts
2917
Yards per rush
2.92.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-31-2
Penalties4-3212-90
Turnovers14
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
03
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession36:1123:49

Passing Leaders

DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McGee12/221165.3004-21
Romo5/10595.9000-0
CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Palmer10/201025.1123-16
O'Sullivan4/11333.0010-0

Rushing Leaders

DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Choice7415.9021
Donaldson6193.2011
CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott7192.708
Eason6152.505

Receiving Leaders

DALRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Phillips46015.00246
Sicko5448.80145
CINRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Jones34214.00285
Coffman12121.00211

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDALCIN
dalFG09:25David Buehler 20 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERDALCIN
dalFG06:11David Buehler 34 Yd 60
THIRD QUARTERDALCIN
dalFG09:03David Buehler 23 Yd 90
FOURTH QUARTERDALCIN
dalTD09:23Brandon Sharpe 6 Yd Interception Return (David Buehler Kick) 160
cinTD00:51Darius Hill 1 Yd Pass From Jordan Palmer (Dave Rayner Kick) 167