Not much to say on this game. The Cowboys were thoroughly outclassed by a Colts team hungry to stay in the playoff race in the AFC. Dallas was unable to grab the NFC East with a victory. Colts 23 - Cowboys 0.
Colts methodically march the ball down the field as the Cowboys are unable to stop the Colts rushing game. It’s been a brutal day as the Colts put up another FG, Dallas is being shut out 23-0.
The Cowboys fail on a short fourth-down attempt inside Colts territory to start the fourth quarter. So far, it looks like an awful day for the Cowboys.
Colts run game is punishing the Cowboys defense. There is just no answer on that side of the ball because when Luck needs to pass they are also effective. A different looking Dallas defense today and not in a good way. They did stiffen and make a stop with a good tackle on third down from LVE, but they give up another Colts FG. 20-0.
Cowboys get a little drive going, but a penalty, holding, kills it. Punt to Colts.
Colts march the second-half kickoff right down field for a touchdown. Colts 17-0, Cowboys backs against the wall now.
Two-minute opportunity for the Colts and T.Y. Hilton is the go-to guy. Andrew Luck and his favorite target are in Cowboys territory in a flash. Xavier Woods delivers a huge hit to Eric Ebron to force an incompletion. The Cowboys defense helps out the Colts with another penalty. With two-seconds left, Adam Vinatieri puts the Colts up 10 in a forgettable half of football for the visiting team.
A few plays later, the Cowboys opt to go for it again on fourth down and Zeke converts. On 2nd and 9, a deep attempt to Noah Brown with tons of contact from Indy’s Quincy Wilson is incomplete with no flag. On 3rd and 9, the Colts pressure gets home as Dak is sacked near midfield with two minutes left in the half. Another long 14-play drive, seven minutes off the clock, and nothing to show for it. Dallas has ran 38 plays to the Colts 19 but it doesn’t matter.
In typical Cowboys-fashion, they pick up an illegal blocking penalty on the punt, setting them backed up on their end zone. With Xavier Su’a-Filo hurt on their last drive, Adam Redmond is now the left guard. Dak finds Cooper for 11-yards on first down to get them a little breathing room. Dak delivers to Cole Beasley for 14-yards and then Amari Cooper takes a short pass for 12 more...FLAG....Holding on Tyron Smith. Next play, Zeke breaks off a nice run...FLAG...Holding on Connor Williams. Backed way up, Dak finds Blake Jarwin who turns up field busting through Indy’s defense to get a fresh set of downs.
The Colts start at their own five but waste little time before they’re at midfield. The Cowboys defense is asleep at the will, missing tackles all over the field. Luckily, the Colts get back to back penalties, setting them at their own 30-yard line. Second and 30 becomes 3rd and 30, an incompletion gets the Cowboys defense off the field.
Zeke takes the ball up the middle to set up at the Indianapolis-3. On 3rd and 1, Dak is perfect on the pass but Jamize Olawale fails to execute a walk-in touchdown. On 4th and 1, Zeke is swallowed up behind the line, fumbles, the Colts defense recovers and denies the Cowboys. The Colts have the ball and the lead. It’s a 15-play drive that went 70-yards and took seven minutes off the clock but it’s wasted in the end.
The Cowboys are back on offense and Prescott gives it to Amari Cooper on a reverse for 11-yards. A few plays later, Dak takes an untimely sack that he easily could have avoided but Ezekiel Elliott bails him out with a 24-yard gain. A few plays later, Dak’s pass is tipped and nearly picked as Cole Beasley wasn’t paying attention. On 3rd and 9, Zeke gets 12 and sets the Cowboys up in the red zone as the first quarter end.
The Colts make quick work of the Cowboys with a few quick completions but Marlon Mack shakes lose on a big 19-yard run. Another nice run by Mack sets the Colts up with a red zone opportunity, the Cowboys stop them twice before Mack puts Indy up by a touchdown.
Cowboys start with the ball and they are moving the chains, mixing it up with a nice blend of run and pass. At the Indy-30, Dak Prescott looks for Allen Hurns but it’s incomplete. On 4th and 4, Brett Maher’s 48-yard attempt is BLOCKED. Colts linebacker Darius Leonard recovers and is down by contact.
Cowboys: QB Mike White, WR Tavon Austin, LB Chris Covington, G Zack Martin, TE Geoff Swaim, DL David Irving, DL Taco Charlton
The General, Sean Lee, is ACTIVE! Though they will regulate his snap count. Tough day to be without Zack Martin for the Cowboys interior offensive line.
Colts: C Josh Andrews, WR Daurice Fountain, G Mark Glowinski, S Mike Mitchell, LB Skai Moore, DT Hassan Ridgeway, RB Jonathan Williams
T.Y. Hilton will give it a go, that’s a priority for the Cowboys secondary as he’s accrued 125+ yards in three of his last four games.
For the first time in a while, it feels like the Cowboys are not playing one those “backs against the wall” type games. It’s also the first time in a little while the Cowboys have gone on the road. Both elements make this game a little unpredictable. Will the Cowboys show the same passion and energy they have shown over the five-game winning streak, or will there be a small letdown?
If the Cowboys win, they will win the NFC East. If they lose, they still have two other opportunities to get that done. They will be without Zack Martin, further depleting an under-manned line. Still, the Cowboys have shown enormous resolve this year and have fought thorough adversity and injuries. They will (likely) welcome back the services of Sean Lee and Tavon Austin. Fitting those guys back in to the rotation, especially Lee, will be a challenge.
The Colts are battling for the playoff position and will be playing one of those “backs against the wall” type games. They will definitely be ready for this matchup. Should make for interesting viewing on Sunday.
What You Need To Know
Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Game time: 1:00 PM EST
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
TV channel: FOX
Coverage Map: 506 Sports
Announcers: Kevin Barkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (Field reporter)
Cowboys record: (8-5)
Colts record: (7-6)
Prediction: Dallas 31 - Indianapolis 23
Enemy blog: Stampede Blue