Bridgewater perfect for Vikings, Romo solid for Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony Romo got his first and likely only extended action of the preseason for the Dallas Cowboys, and found one of his reliable options even with Dez Bryant sitting out again.

On the other side, Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed all seven of his passes and made a connection with his new receiver Mike Wallace as the Vikings won their fourth consecutive game this preseason, 28-14 on Saturday night.

"Teddy was sharp. It was nice to see him get a deep ball to Mike," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "I know everyone wants to see Wallace get a bunch of deep throws, but it's important for us to go through our progressions, go through our reads, and make the correct throw. That's why his completion percentage is 100."

The first of Romo's two touchdown passes was a 60-yard catch-and-run by Terrance Williams, who made his only grab near the 40 coming across the center of the field. Williams had 13 TDs among his 81 catches in his first two NFL seasons.

One of the people who enthusiastically celebrated with Williams on the sideline was Bryant, who hasn't played in any of three preseason games for Dallas since signing his $70 million, five-year contract in mid-July. He has dealt with a strained hamstring throughout camp.

"We just didn't think it was worth him playing eight, 10 plays in this ballgame," said coach Jason Garrett, adding that Bryant did warm up before the game.

After only one catch for 2 yards in the Vikings' first three games, Wallace had three catches for 50 yards in the first quarter. That included a 39-yard grab on a play when Bridgewater had to hurry to beat the play clock and hit Wallace in stride along the right sideline.

The Cowboys led 14-10 after Romo scrambled out of trouble and threw an 8-yard TD to Lucky Whitehead on his final play with 9 minutes left in the first half.

Romo had played in just one series while Dallas lost its first two preseason games, and his only pass had been a completion resulting in a 1-yard loss. He finished 5 of 8 for 88 yards in five series against Minnesota.

"It usually takes about a series to get up to game speed," Romo said.

Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press

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