The Indianapolis Colts (7-6) host the Dallas Cowboys (8-5) on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Dallas Cowboys are the most overrated team in football. They really are. They play in a weak division, they have a cupcake schedule, and they struggle against actually good football teams. Just ask the Seattle Seahawks or the Carolina Panthers. They even lost to the Tennessee Titans. Their next loss will be to the Indianapolis Colts.
Man, I cannot wait for the Colts to expose this team. The key here will to be to stuff Ezekiel Elliott and the run game. Make Dak Prescott, a bottom-tier quarterback in the league, try to beat you. Prescott is currently 17th in the league in passing yards, and 18th in passer rating. If Dak has to throw the ball 40 times on Sunday, the interceptions will be raining from the sky for Indianapolis. I would be shocked if Dallas puts up more than 14 points.
Sure, talk all you want about their supposedly good linebackers. Jaylon Smith was a phenom at Notre Dame as we all know, but he has certainly lost a step since his major knee injury. And Leighton Vander-Esch is just overrated. They’re good – not great. I see Vander-Esch miss tackles in open field, blow assignments in coverage. The Cowboys are ranked 28th in the NFL in tackling efficiency, according to PFF. If Dallas fans want Vander-Esch in the conversation for best linebacker in the league, he must clean those things up. He does not even have a sack this season. Like I said, he is good, especially for a rookie. But is he a bit overrated? Absolutely.
And Andrew Luck and company will expose them as such. Luck will surgically pick apart every aspect of the Dallas defense on Sunday, . I just cannot get over how much I love this match up for the Colts.
The Colts open up as 3-point home favorites, but that number should be way higher. The Cowboys are no bueno on the road and they play in a bad division. They average 24.7 points per game at home, but only 17.2 on the road. To put this into perspective, they are the best team in their division. Who is the next best? The six win Philadelphia Eagles or Mark Sanchez and the Washington Redskins? The Colts have to deal with the Texans.
After the huge win last week over the Houston Texans, the Colts are on a tear on their way to the playoffs (won six of last seven) and the Cowboys are next in line for their beating. This game has enormous playoff implications for both teams. The Colts are simply trying to make the playoffs at this point. The Cowboys are trying to preserve their division lead and clinch a home playoff game. Even if Dallas does clinch their division, I see Seattle knocking them out in the first round.
The bottom line here is the Indianapolis Colts need to win the rest of their games like it’s the playoffs, starting with Dallas. You win and you’re in. You lose, you go home. It is as simple as that.