Tony Romo and Keith Davis kept Wade Phillips smiling throughout his first game coaching the Cowboys.
The replacement for Bill Parcells, Phillips saw Romo complete 10 of 11 passes while leading two long scoring drives and Davis intercept a tipped pass and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown in a 23-10 preseason win over the Colts on Thursday.
Romo christened the work of new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett with a quick 8-yard pass to Terrell Owens. He missed only on an overthrow of Owens. His passes went for 93 yards, to seven receivers at three positions.
Dallas' Martin Gramatica made field goals of 24 and 47 yards, with his former Bucs teammate Brad Johnson holding on both.
"It's not a regular-season game, but it's nice to come in and play well at home," Phillips said. "Winning whatever kind of game is important a lot of ways. I thought it was in this one."
"This was a great start for us." said Owens, wearing a Barry Bonds jersey.
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning played on one drive, going 3-for-5 for 37 yards. His 28-yarder to Marvin Harrison was helped by rookie left tackle Tony Ugoh holding off Dallas' best rusher, DeMarcus Ware.
"All in all, we have things to build on," Colts coach Tony Dungy said.
The Cowboys got a 2-yard touchdown run by Tyson Thompson, who is coming back from a broken ankle last season.
LIONS 27, BENGALS 26: Calvin Johnson, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, caught two passes for 45 yards late in the first half to set up a score and host Detroit rallied late to win the preseason opener for both teams.
On the second catch, Johnson shielded first-round pick Leon Hall for a leaping 21-yard gain.
Cincinnati led 26-17 midway through the fourth, but the Lions won the battle of backups.
Dan Orlovsky threw a 7-yard touchdown to Kevin Kasper with 50 seconds left after Detroit recovered an onside kick following Kenny Byrd's field goal.
Cincinnati's Shayne Graham, who kicked four field goals, was wide left on a 48-yarder with one second left.
Bengals rookie running back Kenny Irons injured his left knee and ankle and left on a cart.
Cincinnati's Chris Henry is suspended for the first eight regular-season games for violating NFL conduct policies, but was allowed to play at Detroit. He caught six passes for 86 yards.
FALCONS-JETS TONIGHT: With Michael Vick facing federal dogfighting charges and ordered by the NFL to stay away from training camp, Joey Harrington will be under center when the Falcons open their preseason against the Jets at the Meadowlands tonight. "We're just trying to come together and rally behind Joey Harrington as our quarterback," Atlanta tight end Alge Crumpler said. "I understand everyone knows we are in a tough situation with Michael ultimately being out."
BEARS: The NFL suspended fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo for the first four regular-season games without pay for violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. The suspension begins Sept. 1 and ends after a game against Detroit on Sept. 30. Ayanbadejo said he did not take steroids and did not knowingly "infringe on the rules of the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy." He said he used a product called Max LMG, which decreases estrogen levels and boosts testosterone, in January.
BROWNS: Linebacker Willie McGinest, 35, was scheduled to have back surgery and will miss at least six weeks. After a week of rest following the procedure on a bulging disc, he'll begin rehab and the Browns will re-evaluate him in six weeks.
EAGLES: All-Pro guard Shawn Andrews is out indefinitely with a right ankle injury, and tight end L.J. Smith aggravated a sports hernia. Andrews was examined by an ankle specialist on Wednesday and returned to camp Thursday with a walking boot and crutches. It's uncertain how long he will be sidelined. Smith, who had offseason surgery for a sports hernia, left the field after a noncontact drill.
JAGUARS: Undrafted free-agent receiver Chris Jackson signed, adding depth while Ernest Wilford (sprained left knee) and Matt Jones (sore hamstring) deal with minor injuries. Jackson, 6 feet 2 and 205 pounds, led Millsaps in receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns as a senior.
STEELERS: Rookie linebacker Lawrence Timmons, limited to three practice days since being the 15th player drafted, is expected to resume practicing next week. The former FSU standout hurt his groin when minicamp began May 11. He took part in the first two days of training camp last month, but has been out since discomfort and swelling returned July 26.
TITANS: Guard Benji Olson will sit out Saturday's preseason opener with the Redskins because of a sore back that has kept him out of all but one practice since the end of July. The nine-year veteran, who has missed only two games since becoming the starter during the 1999 season, visited a specialist last week who found no damage.