Denver-- Rookie tight end Martellus Bennett had one catch for 11 yards, but penalties frustrated the Dallas Cowboys, keeping them out of sync in a 23-13 loss to the Denver Broncos on Saturday night.
Dallas was penalized nine times for 78 yards, including three
that stymied its opening drive.
Right tackle Marc Colombo was called for unnecessary roughness, left tackle Flozell Adams was whistled for a false start and the Cowboys were caught with 12 men on the field.
The Cowboys defenders weren't immune from those errors either. Linebacker Bradie James committed an unnecessary roughness penalty on third-and-16 that extended Denver's second drive of the game - one that ended in a touchdown.
A frustrated Adam Jones had a 24-yard punt return, but he spiked the ball after being tackled by punter Sam Paulescu, drawing a
Dallas' starters both on offense and defense looked sharp in the limited action they saw in their preseason opener last week against
San Diego. That wasn't the case against the Broncos.