“They didn’t let us force our hand on them the way we like to,” Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark(notes) said. “Give them a lot of credit. They played hard for four quarters. They play that way, they’re going to beat a lot of people.
Blind faith and loyalty can cling to certain excuses. Dwayne Bowe dropped two passes in a row, including one that would have been a 30-yard, go-ahead touchdown. But too many of Cassel’s throws are late or off target, and honestly, what does he do well?
Calls for Brodie Croyle are picking up, so you know the situation is helpless if not hopeless.
“You never know what the course of the game is going to like, and every game is different,” said Vinatieri, who won three Super Bowl rings with Crennel, Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and general manager Scott Pioli with the Patriots during 2001-04.
“Sometimes you’re scoring touchdowns all the time, and today we had a tougher time getting into the end zone until the right at the end, but when you can keep putting up points and keep them behind us, and having them chase us, it’s a good thing.”
“Obviously, the last few weeks I don’t think we’ve played to our ability,” middle linebacker/co-captain Gary Brackett said. “We always thought we could play better and we went out and got it done today.”
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