The Colts will play the Cowboys in a critical game on Sunday. That game will be won by whoever wins these certain key matchups.
Key matchups always decide the winner of a game. Whoever wins those matchups is usually the team that walks out without a loss. Sunday will be no different between Indianapolis and Dallas. These few key matchups will be what decides who wins.
Colts running game vs. Dallas front seven
When the Colts have had the best success on offense this season, they have had balance. That balance is the key to beating the Cowboys. Having Marlon Mack be effective is the most important thing in this game. If he has a big game, the Colts won’t be stopped.
Andrew Luck vs. Dallas pressure
Dallas does do a good job of rushing the passer. Dexter Lawrence is a dangerous end who can put pressure on the best quarterbacks in the league. If he does so, it will be hard for Luck to be comfortable in the pocket. But if the offensive line can hold up, he will put up huge numbers.
Colts defensive line vs. Dak Prescott
Prescott has the propensity to turn the ball over when he is under pressure. If the Colts defensive line gets pressure on him, he could cough the ball up. But he is also dangerous if he takes care of the ball. That turnover battle could be the difference in this game.
Frank Reich vs. Pressure to succeed
Reich needs to keep his cool in this game. He needs to keep his play calling simple and effective. Losing this game would be catastrophic to the team’s playoff chances. Putting his players in good areas to succeed is paramount to winning the game.
All of these matchups will determine who wins on Sunday.