The Colts shut out the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, 23-0. Two weeks ago, the Colts put up a goose egg in Jacksonville, falling 6-0. At that point, their outlook was grim. Two weeks later the script has flipped and the Colts have their eyes back on the postseason. Despite one of the most poorly officiated games I have ever seen, (I counted eight bad calls in favor of Dallas, two for Indy) the Colts utterly dominated the Cowboys in every fashion. Frank Reich and Matt Eberflus know this team like the back of their hands and pulled out all of the stops in this crucial matchup.
For the third week in the row, the Colts’ defense played out of their minds. This week was arguably the most impressive of all of them, shutting down a white-hot Dallas offense. Darius Leonard was phenomenal, outplaying his rookie counterpart Leighton Vander Esch. Leonard racked up 11 tackles, one for loss, two pass deflections, and one fumble recovery. He is now the record holder for tackles by a rookie in the Colts franchise. He asserted himself as the true alpha of the wolf pack, marking his territory.
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The Colts secondary executed their game plan perfectly, funneling passes underneath and eliminating the big play. They shut down the hottest receiver in the NFL, holding him to 32 yards on four catches. Quincy Wilson and Pierre Desir both played fantastic games, combining for seven tackles and some lockdown coverage. Denico Autry continued his tear, adding a sack and a blocked field goal. George Odum added
Andrew Luck had a quiet day, throwing for 192 yards and no touchdowns. Maybe Dak Prescott is the better quarterback, after all, right skip? He was surgical, calm, and kept the offense on schedule. The offensive line dominated again, only allowing three QB hits. Marlon Mack ran behind that line for 139 yards and two scores. Eugene Hilton caught five passes for 85 yards, carving up Dallas’ vaunted secondary.
With this domination of a very good Cowboy team, the Colts have their eyes set on the postseason. They’ll look to stay on track next week against the Giants.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.