NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Quincy Carter found out very early Saturday night that it takes more than a powerful right arm to look good in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys' top draft pick, who became the starter this week, looked befuddled and beleaguered. His first memorable pass went to Saints cornerback Michael Hawthorne, who returned it 19 yards to give New Orleans a 7-0 lead in the first quarter of a 16-10 victory. Carter completed just 3-of-12 passes for 5 yards against the starting defense for the Saints. He was pressured constantly and spent much of his time scrambling or looking for receivers. The Saints got 35-yard and 27-yard field goals by John Carney and a 28-yard field goal from Jon Hilbert. New Orleans had 305 yards in total offense to 168 for Dallas. The Cowboys were 0-for-13 on third-down conversions. The Saints' quarterback race seemed to tip toward Aaron Brooks. Brooks, who replaced an injured Jeff Blake late last season, played the first half Saturday. After completing 10-of-10 in the first preseason game, Brooks started 5-for-10 against Dallas, but finished completing 12-of-18 for 103 yards despite heavy pressure from the Cowboys. He was blitzed frequently and sacked four times. Blake played the second half, directing the Saints' second-string offense. He completed 9-of-22 for 132 yards. He was sacked once and intercepted once.