Bledsoe Flat In Loss

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kurt Warner showed coach Dennis Green what he wanted to see out of Arizona's rebuilt offense. The Cardinals' defense showed up as well Saturday night -- as long as the regulars were in.

It added up to a 13-11 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Arizona played without four first-team offensive players -- wide receiver Anquan Boldin (broken nose), tight end Eric Edwards (pectoral) and linemen Oliver Ross (knee) and Alex Stepanovich (hand).

But Warner fired up a unit that was 27th last year behind quarterbacks Josh McCown, Shaun King and John Navarre. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 151 yards and a 31-yard touchdown strike to Larry Fitzgerald, leading the Cardinals to a 10-0 lead before leaving the game after a punt with 6:17 left in the second quarter.

``It felt like a uniform to me,'' Warner said about his debut in red after playing for the blue-jerseyed St. Louis Rams and New York Giants. ``I'm just excited about what we've got. I think we have a great defense.''

``I wish we'd scored more, but he played a quarter and a half,'' Green said. ``It was about what we expected.''

Dallas, 0-3 against the Cardinals in exhibition games but 53-27-1 in the regular season, had to be content with Billy Cundiff's field goals of 47 and 34 yards and a 33-yarder by Jose Cortez, partly because of penalties. The Cowboys committed 12 for 91 yards -- the most costly a false start that negated a 48-yard, potential winning field goal by Cundiff.

The ball was moved back 5 yards, and Cundiff missed wide left with 1:03 remaining.

Arizona defensive end Calvin Pace also had two sacks in the fourth quarter -- the second moving Dallas beyond chip-shot range.

``It kind of seemed like we'd get something going and then we'd have a negative play,'' Bledsoe said. ``But we tip our caps to them. There were a number of times when we'd have a play called, and they'd have a good defense called for it.''


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