Romo, Prescott lead Cow­boys’ stam­pede

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AR­LING­TON, TEXAS >> Tony Romo led a touch­down drive in his pre­sea­son de­but once the Dal­las of­fense stopped com­mit­ting hold­ing penal­ties, rookie backup quar­ter­back Dak Prescott had a strong en­core and Ryan Tan­nehill fi­nally got the Mi­ami Dol­phins mov­ing.

Al­fred Mor­ris fin­ished the sec­ond of Romo’s two pos­ses­sions with a 15-yard scor­ing run be­fore Prescott ran for two touch­downs and threw for two scores, in­clud­ing an­other one to Dez Bryant, in the Cow­boys’ 41-14 ex­hi­bi­tion vic­tory Fri­day night.

Tan­nehill had two scor­ing tosses to Kenny Stills.

Dal­las (1-1) had three hold­ing penal­ties in the first five plays of an open­ing drive that stalled. Then Romo com­pleted all three passes, in­clud­ing a pair to trusty tight end Ja­son Wit­ten, be­fore the scor­ing run from Mor­ris, who had 13 car­ries for 85 yards.

Romo was 4-for-5 for 49 yards, and the Dal­las of­fense had 300 yards at half­time.

“It was a good start. We needed that,” Wit­ten said. “It’s been a long off­sea­son. We have Tony lead­ing the way. We had a lot of en­ergy.”

Tan­nehill, who played late into the first half with the Dol­phins (1-1) try­ing to move past a rough opener for the first-team of­fense last week, had scor­ing passes of 13 and 3 yards to Stills. Tan­nehill led an­other drive in­side the 5 that ended on downs and fin­ished 12-for-20 for 162 yards.

“I liked the men­tal­ity that he had go­ing into that first half,” first-year coach Adam Gase said. “I liked the fact that the ones wanted to stay in and do an­other se­ries. That’s what I wanted to see.”

Prescott has two touch­down passes in each of the two pre­sea­son games and is 22-for-27 for 338 yards with­out an in­ter­cep­tion af­ter com­plet­ing his first eight passes fol­low­ing a 10-for-12 show­ing in his NFL de­but against the Los An­ge­les Rams last week.

The fourth-round pick out of Mis­sis­sippi State had a 20-yard scor­ing run and a 1-yard sneak that was held up on re­view. Prescott tossed a short touch­down pass to Brice But­ler the play af­ter a 58-yarder to the speedy wide­out.

Prescott had an over­throw for what would have been his first in­ter­cep­tion in the sec­ond quar­ter, but it was wiped out by a rough­ing-the-passer penalty against An­dre Branch.

“It’s been a great start for him, and he’s ex­cited about it,” Romo said. “You just keep build­ing on it ev­ery day, but you can’t ask for a bet­ter start.”

Red­skins 22, Jets 18

LAN­DOVER, MD. >> Top run­ning back Matt Jones left with a sprained shoul­der and re­ceiver Rashad Ross made his best case for a ros­ter spot and Wash­ing­ton came back to beat New York.

While the Red­skins rested sev­eral key starters, in­clud­ing quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins, re­ceiver DeSean Jack­son and cor­ner­back Josh Nor­man, Jones suf­fered an AC sprain in his left shoul­der when he was pushed out of bounds and landed awk­wardly in the first quar­ter.

Jones looked good at the time he left, run­ning for 31 yards on seven car­ries af­ter rush­ing for only a yard last week in the opener at At­lanta.

Jones’ in­jury could spell trou­ble for the Red­skins, who have very lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind him at run­ning back af­ter let­ting Al­fred Mor­ris leave for Dal­las in free agency. Third-down back Chris Thomp­son, rook­ies Robert Kel­ley and Keith Mar­shall and sec­ond-year player Mack Brown split the bulk of the car­ries af­ter Jones left.

Charg­ers 19, Car­di­nals 3

SAN DIEGO >> San Diego took ad­van­tage of two turnovers for 10 first-quar­ter points and cruised past Ari­zona.

With Car­son Palmer lim­ited to three se­ries and Philip Rivers not play­ing, the first half was mostly a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween vet­eran backup quar­ter­backs Kellen Clemens and Drew Stan­ton.

Bran­don Flow­ers in­ter­cepted Palmer’s pass and re­turned it 25 yards for a touch­down.

Stan­ton was then picked off in his first se­ries by Jahleel Ad­dae. He brought it back 61 yards to the Ari­zona 9. The Charg­ers set­tled for a 20-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead.


Dal­las Cow­boys rookie quar­ter­back Dak Prescott, above, skipped past Mi­ami de­fend­ers for a touch­down in the first half in Ar­ling­ton, Texas. Fri­day’s game also marked the re­turn of Cow­boys quar­ter­back Tony Romo, left. Romo, who was in­jured last Thanks­giv­ing Day, made his pre­sea­son de­but and led a scor­ing drive in a 41-14 vic­tory.

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