“It was very cool to put last week’s thing away in overtime. We were just hoping to get the ball and we got it. I don’t think there was too much that was going to stop us. We understood the importance of the situation. We couldn’t have any mental mistakes and, on that specific play, Matt made a hell of a throw off his back foot as I saw watching the film. He put it out there for me to go get it.
“Riding this wave so far has been big. There haven’t been any 3-0 starts since I’ve been here. But at the same time – especially in that second half – we knew we were a better team than what we showed in that first half and we can’t always expect to be able to come back from being down 20 points like that against really, really good teams that are in this league. Definitely got to start faster but we know we’re a good team, so we have to come out in the first half like we’re a good team. We can’t wait until the second half.
“The difference between the two halves was a combination of things. Minnesota played their butts off in the first half on defense. That front line was a beast. They were getting all kinds of pressure and I really think that had a big impact on us. Those guys are hole-cloggers up in there. We really couldn’t get too much going in the run game because those guys are so big and fast up front. It’s tough. But the second half we started nickel and diming them down the field and finally got things going with the screen game. Pettigrew had the big second half and we were able to move the ball.
“Dallas has a strong rush also, but the only way it could affect us as receivers is if we’re not on time with our routes. There’s the possibility for the quarterback to be hurried, so we need to be where we need to be. If we’re not there then it can cause problems and the quarterback may be getting hit in the pocket if we’re not in our spots for him to get us the ball.”
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