OAKLAND -- It's early, very early, but the Dallas Cowboys were pleased with how quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant connected in the 19-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Like in training camp practices, Romo and Bryant were on the same page, which was more evident in the first-team offense's second possession.
Romo pump faked a defender in the air, and Bryant adjusted his route and ran a slant, turning it into a 26-yard reception. Romo later found Bryant for a 15-yard pass down the middle of the field.
"That was real good by Tony," Bryant said. "The guy was off and he gave him a little pump and I just slipped in the hole and he just delivered (it) right there. That was just great instincts by him and I never make that play without him having those great instincts."
Bryant finished with three catches for 55 yards. He took advantage of a couple of things on Friday night.
The Raiders played some tight man coverage, something Bryant sees on a daily basis in Cowboys' practices. Bryant also loves to play physical because he uses his upper body to push defenders away.
"Dez did great," said Romo after completing six of eight passes for 88 yards. "Dez has had a great camp all the way around. I don’t want to get away from here without talking about the offensive line. There were a couple of times I had all day, and we had a sack, an incompletion on those two plays, so that’s going to help us a lot if we’re able to do that. That’s different. I know what it’s like to play behind that, and having that ability like they did tonight would be a huge bonus for us."