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Cowboys down Bengals in preseason home opener

The Dallas Cowboys christened the newly named AT&T Stadium with a 24-18 win over the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday night.

The first team offense looked more of the same from last season with a slow start on their opening possession. The first three plays were a Tony Romo sack for a eight-yard loss, a run for no gain and a short pass to tight end Jason Witten on third down.
 
The offense picked up later in the first half when Romo led the offense on touchdown drives of 87 and 57 yards. Receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin were hard to cover as they combined for 10 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Romo ended the first half completing 13 of 18 passes for 137 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.  
 
The offensive line did a great job in run and pass blocking, giving Romo time to throw and allowing the running game to flourish against the Bengals defense.
The Cowboys’ Tampa Two defense played mistake-free football and forced four more turnovers. The starters have yet to allow a touchdown and as a unit have taken the ball away nine times in four preseason games after forcing 12 turnovers all of last season. The only damper in the contest was a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown allowed by the Cowboys special teams unit. As a “dress rehearsal”, the team played well and did not turn the ball over on offense, compared to last week’s six-turnover debacle in Arizona.
 
However, the team must work on avoiding slow starts on their opening possession and score more frequently off turnovers as the season opener is rapidly approaching. The Cowboys finish their 2013 preseason campaign Thursday night versus in-state rival Houston Texans.

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