The Indianapolis Colts (8-6) shut out the Dallas Cowboys (8-6) 23-0 on Sunday to keep playoff hopes alive.
The Colts defense shut out the Cowboys, something no team has done to Dallas in FIFTEEN YEARS. Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense failed to muster a single point against a vast improving Colts defense, something that has not happened 2003. This was the first Colts shut out since 2004.
Marlon Mack had a huge game on the offensive side of the ball, grounding out a career-high 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Colts offense had no trouble driving the ball on Leighton Vander Esch and this highly-regarded Dallas defense. Maybe the Vander Esch Defensive Rookie of the Year talks will slow down, and the Darius Leonard DROY talks will catch on.
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Leonard dominated the Cowboys offense, totaling 11 tackles on the day. The NFL was so impressed with his performance, they sent him a “random” drug test the next day. I said the Cowboys were overrated, and Darius Leonard proved me correct. Once Ezekiel Elliott began to get shut down by the defense, it was game over for Dallas. When you force Dak Prescott to try and beat you, it usually ends up going pretty well. Dak Prescott cannot win a game by himself; he is just not good enough.
The Colts find themselves barely out of the playoff picture, at 8-6. In my opinion, there is no way they don’t snag the final wildcard seed if they win out. The Colts take on Saquon Barkley and the 5-9 New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. They close the season in Nashville in two weeks as they take on division rival Tennessee Titans.