Gresham will be a game-time decision, Arians said. Most NFL games come down to five plays. Most importantly the defense looks good, and when you lose a guy like Johnson, you need a defense that you can lean on at times. "It's a tough one". The Colts amassed just 225 yards of offense in the loss, committing three turnovers and allowing four sacks. But that's just part of the story.
Either way, J.J. Nelson - who coincidentally has had some of his biggest games when Johnson has had his fewest touches - could also be a secret factor.
Dawson, who missed a potential 42-yard, game-winning field goal on the final play of regulation, made the most of his chance for redemption after free safety Tyrann Mathieu intercepted Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett at the Colts' 22 on the first play of overtime.
There were eight penalties for 70 yards overall. Frank Gore had a decent day running with for 46 yards on fourteen carries for a 3.3-yard average.
"Last Wednesday, I was just trying to remember everybody's name", Brissett said.
Brissett displayed his athleticism by keeping several plays alive with his feet and even ran a little read-option. He also praised his toughness and his ability to extend plays.
But there's reason to be optimistic about the immediate future.
Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton reminded Arizona reporters on a conference call that Indianapolis feels the same way after they got roughed up by a Rams team that wasn't expected to challenge for anything this season other than mediocrity. "He played really well".
Vinatieri's 29-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter gave him another National Football League record. "To get the offense down as much as he did and come out here and compete, my hat's off to him".
After leading the Colts to 10 points on their first two drives Sunday, the offense bogged down and Brissett made the biggest mistake of the game by throwing an interception on the first play of overtime.
- For a Cardinal team that led the league in sacks previous year, it sure seemed like the Defense couldn't get to Stafford - as he easily picked apart the Cardinal secondary - it seemed he was never really hurried to get rid of the football.
After a sack by Hassan Ridgeway and a screen pass to running back Andre Ellington that lost 4 yards, the Cardinals (1-1) found themselves backed up at their own 18-yard line.
"That wasn't a quarterback sneak, that was a total FUBAR", Arians said, "from the coaches on the sideline getting the right players in the game to the right players staying in the game and executing the play". "We gotta make plays".