Game Preview: Denver at Dallas

Broncos (1-0) vs. Cowboys (1-0), August 18, 7:00PM CT, CBS 11

Pre-Season Week 2 Preview:

The Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos, both 1-0 on the preseason, will both play their 2nd preseason game of the year when the two teams clash at Texas Stadium this Saturday. It will be the Cowboys final home game until the regular season opener September 9 against the New York Giants. The Broncos will return home to Invesco Field for their final two pre-season games after Saturday night’s game against Dallas before opening up their season on the road against the Buffalo Bills September 9.

Denver came from behind to beat the San Francisco 49ers 17-13 at Bill Walsh Field at Monster Park. This was the 1st game there since the passing of Hall of Fame and legendary 49ers Head Coach Bill Walsh due to leukemia at the age of 75. The Cowboys stomped on the Indianapolis Colts early and never let up in route to a 23-10 victory at Texas Stadium.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Broncos met the Cowboys at Valley Ranch for joint practices in the triple-digit heat. The two teams practiced four times in th two days. Head Coach Wade Phillips said that it would likely be the end of the two-a-day practices, which the Cowboys receivers were glad to hear. Now they are ready for the game. Expect most starters to play about a half in this game.

"Anytime you’re competing, that’s what we want to see," said Phillips, who typically plays his starters about a half in the second preseason game. "We want to see how you do when you compete in a ball game and in this situation, see how they compete against other people."

Denver should prove to be a pretty good test for the Cowboys Saturday night. The Broncos were 9-7 last season while just missing the playoffs as a wild card last year. Jay Cutler looked good in his first start, completing 1 of 2 passes for 24 yards in his pre-season opener.

Tony Romo looked very sharp and showed no signs of a hangover after the heartbreaking loss against Seattle in the Wild Card Round where the ball slipped out of Romo’s hands on a chip shot field goal attempt that would have likely won the game for the Cowboys. Romo picked up the ball and ran with it but was about a yard shy of the first down. He completed 10 of 11 for 93 against the Colts in his first game after the unfortunate event in Seattle.

Tony Romo was at one point almost a Dever Bronco. He said that it was down to Denver or Dallas, and he said that he chose Dallas because he he that he thought that he would have a better chance of making it their. That turned out to be a great decision on Romo’s part.

T.O. will play against the Broncos in the 2nd pre-season game despite being late to practice Thursday, and is expected to line up against Champ Bailey. Last time he played against Bailey, he caught the longest touchdown pass of his career, a 91 strike while he was still with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I love it. He’s one of the best in the game and you don’t get to see that every day," Bailey said Thursday. "Why not take advantage of that opportunity to go against one of the best?"

With Greg Ellis still sidelined due to his foot injury, the 26th overall pick of the 1st round, Anthony Spencer, will get the starting nod at outside linebacker.

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