Offenses Sloppy as Dallas Beats Cincinnati in Hall of Fame Exhibition Game

In a game that was sloppy from the start, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Cincinnati Bengals 16-7 to open the NFL’s preseason.  The Hall of Fame game was played the day after two of the biggest offensive stars in the history of the NFL were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Former Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith and 49er wide receiver Jerry Rice were inducted into the Hall on Saturday.  Both stuck around to watch the game on Sunday, though they likely wished they would have went elsewhere. 

The game was marred by penalties.  Sixteen flags were thrown in all, with the Bengals being called for twelve penalties costing them 90 yards.  It was the preseason opener, but the mental errors causing the flags could not have been the way Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wanted to start the season.

The Dallas defense was impressive, intercepting three passes and recovering a fumble. 

The cowboys were likely hoping for more from their offense, as quarterback Tony Romo completed only five of ten passes for 59 yards.  Remembering that this was just the first preseason game in what will be a long year, neither team was panicking.

The game also opened a year that Dallas hopes to make historic.  This year’s Super Bowl will be played in the Stadium in Dallas that opened last year.  The Cowboys are gunning to become the first team in league history to make it to a Super Bowl being hosted in their home stadium.


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