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Cowboys beat Bengals 16-7
Question of the Day
The NFL offensive icons who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday couldn’t have been comfortable with the action at Fawcett Stadium on Sunday night, when Dallas beat Cincinnati 16-7 to open the preseason.
But the Dallas defense sure came through for the team’s former star running back.
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 moment this weekend for them will remain Smith’s entry into the Hall of Fame.
“Just being here makes for some great memories,” Tony Romo said.
Another instant memory: Chad Ochocinco’s footwear.
“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.
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.
“I thought we were fundamentally sound and the effort was great,” linebacker Keith Brooking said. “Those are the two main ingredients you look for in the preseason.”
By Roger Noriega
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