The Cincinnati Bengals barely were noticeable Sunday night as Dallas won 16-7 in the Hall of Fame game.
The Cowboys hope this is the opening step 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 item this weekend for them will remain Smith’s entry into the Hall of Fame.
“Having Emmitt inducted into the Hall of Fame is special,” All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. “For us now playing for the Cowboys, it does make it extra special.”
Most of the regulars worked short shifts. At least the Cowboys’ starters looked sharp during their minimal stints.
“You just have to continue to work on the things we’ve been doing through the offseason and in training camp,” Romo said. “You’re never sure until you get into a game-like mode, and some of the new stuff, it was nice to see it work out really well. It’s a start. We have to build off of it, but we still have a ways to go, and we’re on the way.”