Cowboys 16, Bengals 7: Dallas wins defensive battle over Cincinnati in Hall of Fame game

By Dan Parzych

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The NFL preseason officially kicked off Sunday night after the Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Dallas Cowboys 16-7 in the 2010 Hall of Fame game.

On paper, the Bengals and Cowboys each have the potential to contain one of the top offenses in the NFL this upcoming season. Unfortunately, both teams struggled to generate any points on offense—but there’s no reason for either team to be concerned. This was just an extra preseason game to honor the seven players inducted into Canton this weekend—which means most of the time on the field was given to the backup players.

Carson Palmer played just the first two series and wasted no time attempting to establish a connection with the newest member of the Bengals—Terrell Owens. Palmer threw four passes to Owens, but the two only managed to connect twice for a total of 18 yard. As for Ochocinco, he only played the first two series as well, but only saw one pass thrown his way—which was an incompletion.

If anything, this game was nothing more than a defensive battle between Cincinnati and Dallas. Mike Zimmer’s defense kept Dallas out of the end zone and held them to three field goals. As for Dallas, they were less than two minutes away from recording a shutout before Jordan Palmer threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Darius Hill.

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