Testaverde completed 17 of 24 passes for 240 yards and his first
touchdown of the preseason, and Johnson had eight catches for 81
yards as the Dallas Cowboys beat Tennessee 20-17 Monday night.
"The pass protection was good, we caught the ball well, we
threw the ball well," Parcells said. "We were trying to be
aggressive in that regard."
It was the best game so far for Testaverde and Johnson, who
reunited with Parcells during the offseason. They were teammates in
1998 when the New York Jets went to the AFC title game.
"We're trying to bring back some of that old magic,"
Testaverde said. "We've got some great weapons. I'm going to try
to utilize them all."
Testaverde and Johnson were on the bench in the second half,
when RaShard Lee scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Cowboys
(2-1) with a 6-yard run.
Testaverde, the 40-year-old who became the Cowboys' starter when
Quincy Carter was released less than a week into camp, led the
first-team offense to a touchdown for the first time in 11
"He was very good. This guy can pass, I told you," Parcells
said. "That's what he can do if you block for him."
While Testaverde and Johnson regained their old form, Eddie
George did nothing against his old team.
With Parcells not trying to run the ball, George had just 3
yards on four carries against the Titans (2-1).
"It was a little bit of emotion to see some of my teammates,
coaches and trainers I was friends with," George said. "I think
our passing attack carried us pretty well."
The Titans got touchdown runs from Chris Brown and Antowain
Smith. George is that franchise's career rushing leader, with
10,009 yards the past eight seasons.
Smith, signed by Tennessee the day after George was released
over a salary dispute just before camp, scored on a 1-yard run 1:13
before halftime to put the Titans ahead 14-10.
Brown had eight carries for 35 yards, including a strong 18-yard
run to end the Titans' opening drive. After hitting a wall on the
right side, Brown reversed field and found an open gap. He had to
get by only one player, knocking down Pro Bowl safety Roy Williams
with a stiff arm and scoring with ease.
"That's what we need, explosiveness and the ability to cut it
back and score," said quarterback Steve McNair, who was 7-of-10
passing for 85 yards in his four series.
Brown has averaged 5.9 yards per carry, gaining 142 yards on 24
carries during the preseason. McNair has completed 20 of 27 passes
for 232 yards with two touchdowns.
While the Cowboys used Monday as a dress rehearsal for the
regular season, playing most starters into the second half,
Tennessee will do that Friday night against Green Bay. Dallas plays
again Thursday against Kansas City.
After Eric Ogbogu blocked Joe Nedney's 46-yard field goal
attempt, Testaverde needed just three plays to move the Cowboys 66
yards against a defense primarily consisting of second-teamers. He
completed passes of 11 and 38 yards to Terry Glenn before finding
Dan Campbell for a 10-7 lead.
Aided by four Testaverde completions and a 35-yard pass
interference penalty by Mike Echols, the Cowboys then set up Billy
Cundiff's second field goal, a 19-yarder on the final play of the
Even with Testaverde's 240 yards passing and that elusive
touchdown, there still were several mistakes.
The Cowboys offense was penalized four times for 30 yards, with
another illegal motion penalty declined, in the first half and
finished with 11 penalties for 108 yards. Testaverde also threw an
interception near the goal line.
On the drive before their first touchdown, the Cowboys moved to
the Tennessee 15. Testaverde's pass intended for Glenn was
intercepted by linebacker Keith Bulluck, who leaped up to steal it
George was stuffed for 1-yard losses on his first and last
carries, all coming in the first quarter. His best run was a 3-yard
gain on which he was stopped by Bulluck.
"It doesn't really matter. It's a preseason game," Bulluck
said. "We just came to get better, whether or not he was
Lee's TD run with 19 seconds left in the third quarter ended
Drew Henson's second drive after replacing Testaverde, giving
Dallas a 20-14 lead.
Henson finished 6-of-9 passing for 69 yards. Tight end Jason
Witten had seven catches for 109 yards.