SEATTLE (AP) -- Dallas coach Bill Parcells wanted to see Tony Romo play, and the quarterback was happy to oblige.
Drew Bledsoe's backup played the entire game and completed 19 of
25 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown in the Terrell Owens-less
Cowboys' 13-3 win over the sloppy Seattle Seahawks on Saturday
Owens, who stayed back in training camp with other injured
Cowboys, may or may not have watched from Oxnard, Calif. Dallas'
newest star is recovering from a strained hamstring.
Bledsoe watched from the sidelines wearing a full uniform and a
blue baseball cap, simply because Parcells wanted to see Romo play.
And he did. Impressively.
Romo was especially sharp in the first half, going 12-of-15 for
154 yards on scoring drives of 12 and 15 plays.
He also mimicked his veteran coach afterward. When asked about
Romo shining, Parcells said, "Why don't we start on the other end?
He fumbled two snaps. You can't do that."
Romo's initial assessment of his most -- and most successful --
playing time since he was a Division I-AA national player of the
year at Eastern Illinois in 2002?
"Honestly, I think more about the things I didn't do," said
Romo, who didn't throw a pass in the regular season in his first
three years in the NFL. "Two fumbled snaps ... that stuff sticks
with me after a game."
After his first dropped snap on Dallas' mistake-filled opening
drive, Romo completed 12 passes in a row. Six were on Dallas'
15-play, 89-yard drive that ended with a 9-yard touchdown throw to
Patrick Crayton late in the opening quarter.
Crayton ran past Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu and in front of
safety Mike Green, who was starting while Michael Boulware recovers
from offseason knee surgery. Two other Seahawks defensive starters
were out with injuries.
Crayton limped off at halftime with a sprained right ankle and
did not return. Parcells said he doesn't think the injury was too
Romo completed five more in row with the second-team offense on
Dallas' second scoring drive. Three of those completions came in
succession against Seattle's top draft pick, rookie Kelly Jennings,
who is battling veteran Kelly Herndon for the starting left
Crayton's 33-yard juggling reception and run against Jennings
set up Mike Vanderjagt's 21-yard field goal late in the first half.
Jamaica Rector made a spinning, leaping catch behind Jennings
for 18 yards on a third-quarter drive. That ended with backup
kicker Shaun Suisham plunking a 34-yard field goal off the center
of the crossbar.
"I've got to work on that underthrown fade route," Jennings
Reigning league MVP Shaun Alexander rushed six times for 13
yards before leaving with the rest of the defending NFC champions'
starting offensive backs and receivers early in the second quarter.
Matt Hasselbeck was 4-of-6 for 43 yards passing.
His backup, Seneca Wallace, played until midway through the
fourth quarter and was 11-of-17 for 117 yards. He was sacked four
Seattle's first-team offense, which led the league in scoring
last season, gained 56 yards on 14 plays and scored three points.
"That wasn't us out there," Hasselbeck said.
Coach Mike Holmgren said: "On the whole, I thought we were a
little bit sloppier than we have been in other first preseason
"I was a little disappointed, to be honest."
Anthony Fasano, Dallas' second-round pick in the draft, started
at H-back. A Romo pass sailed high through his hands to end the
That play included Seattle safety Ken Hamlin's first true hit
since he fractured his skull in an October street fight -- a first
that Holmgren had acknowledged he was anxious to see. Hamlin came
in late on Fasano and pushed his hands and head at the rookie's
"I'm all right," Hamlin said. "I was fooling around, having
fun. This was just a tease for the regular season."
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