Indianapolis Colts Need To Stick With Matt Hasselbeck For Rest Of Season

  • Indianapolis Colts Need To Stick With Matt Hasselbeck For Rest Of Season

Indianapolis Colts Need To Stick With Matt Hasselbeck For Rest Of Season

That was a big pass he dropped yesterday.

The Dallas Cowboys take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 10 of the NFL Schedule on Sunday, kick off time at 1:00 PM ET, at Raymond James Stadium.

The past two games, the Colts have won on the heels of two Vinatieri game-winners.

"We needed to get the backers (linebackers) to go upfield on the play action", Hasselbeck explained.

"I just thought it was amusing that is was the Bucs, of all teams, that were called for "Leaping" against the Colts". The 40-year-old signal caller finished 26-for-42 for 315 yards and two touchdowns to T.Y. Hilton. With that win, the Colts are still in front in the AFC South and are above.

Donte Moncrief had 114 receiving yards, with many of his catches helping set up Adam Vinatieri's four field goals. Late in the first half he challenged a 4-yard reception by Tampa Bay's Mike Evans, but replay officials confirmed the ball didn't come loose until after he was down.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday that the suspension is subject to appeal, and Alexander has five days to file the paperwork challenging the outcome. "I pleaded with him, sort of begged him, 'Hey, even though you're hurt and you're not with us, I need you to be with us", Hasselbeck told reporters.

Indianapolis signed Matt Hasselbeck three years ago to help groom Andrew Luck. Hasselbeck joined Warren Moon (1997-98) and Brett Favre (2009) as the only quarterbacks in their 40s to win four starts in a row. Winston had his best game as a pro against Philadelphia, completing 19 of 29 passes for 246 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. This season, in particular, Hasselbeck has the obvious upper hand with an undefeated record, a much higher QB Rating (94.4 vs. 74.9) and a better completion percentage (64.7 vs. 55.3), but it's considered an anomaly for Luck because of his injuries. On the play before Hasselbeck's short TD pass to Hilton, Ahmad Bradshaw appeared to lose the ball on the way to the ground and the Bucs challenged, but officials ruled in the Colts' favor. "We came inside, our coaches had mentioned it. Credit to (Rob) Chud (zinski) and the offensive coaches to getting to those plays early and then to our guys making it happen". "He's fired up and wants to make sure guys are in the right spot so he can make plays". He has made 16 consecutive field goals since missing his first two attempts this season. The defense forced four turnovers, with OLB Lavonte David grabbing two. Luck was diagnosed with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle, so he won't be playing against the Buccaneers.

"We really had only three drives in the first half, and I was playing too careful, although I know that probably sounds insane", Hasselbeck said.

TRANSACTION: With LB Bruce Carter sidelined Sunday and evaluated for a concussion, the Bucs signed LB Adarius Glanton from the Panthers' practice squad. Smith declined to provide updates on any other injured players...

In the game, Martin notched two long runs, including an 84-yard run the longest in Buccaneers history and a 58-yard run, becoming the first player since Adrian Peterson in Week 15 of 2012 to notch rushes of both 80-plus yards and 50-plus yards in the same game (Adrian Peterson, Week 15).