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August 18, 2013

Sputtering Arizona capitalizes on Dallas’ turnovers

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dallas Cowboys had a gift for Bruce Arians in his first home game as Arizona coach.

Six of them, actually.

The Cowboys committed six turnovers, five in the first half, and the Cardinals sputtered to a 12-7 preseason victory Saturday.

Arizona’s Jay Feely kicked field goals of 25, 53, 40 and 22 yards. He missed one from 30.

Dallas’ Tony Romo completed 7 of 10 passes for 142 yards but was undone by two fumbles by his receivers. He also overthrew a wide-open Terrance Williams for what looked to be a sure touchdown.

“Obviously, turnovers are going to get you beat in this league. It is paramount that we don’t let that happen again,” Romo said. “We are going to have some hard teaching sessions going over this tape, and it will be good for guys.”

The Cowboys scored on a 5-yard pass from fourth-string quarterback Alex Tanney to Gavin Escobar with 10:55 to play, the first points allowed by Arizona (2-0) in the preseason. The Cardinals won at Green Bay 17-0 last week.

“I think special teams is exactly where it needs to be and defensively I like where we’re at,” Arians said. “Offensively, we’re a work in progress.”

Arizona’s Carson Palmer was 7 of 15 for 66 yards.

Tanney completed 11 straight passes in one stretch, eight of them on Dallas’ touchdown drive.

Dallas, which entered the game with two turnovers total in its first two preseason contests, fumbled the ball away three times, then backup Kyle Orton threw two interceptions, all before the half came to an end. Arizona got another interception with 1:40 to play.

Arizona managed just nine points despite Dallas’ five first-half turnovers.

“It’s not anything we were physically beat on or beat with speed,” Palmer said, “it was silly, sloppy things. I put that on my shoulders and it’s unacceptable to have nine points off the opportunities that we had.”

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