The Colts needed to win today to keep their playoff chances alive. They did that in impressive fashion today winning 23-0.
The Colts came into today winners of six of their last seven games. The Cowboys had won their last five. One of those stats had to give. Today, it was the Colts who continued their blistering play, as they won 23-0. It was the most complete game Indianapolis has played all year long.
Defensively, the Colts played their best game of the year. They shutout Dallas and didn’t allow them to move the football down the field. They stuffed the Cowboys on fourth down and short twice, refusing to give any ground.
Darius Leonard got the party started early on, recovering a blocked field goal on Dallas’ first drive. That field goal was blocked by Denico Autry, who had yet another great game. Autry had a sack and was wrecking plays in the backfield the whole game.
Tyquan Lewis also had a great game. The rookie got his first two sacks of his NFL career. The entire defensive line played pretty well. They kept getting pressure on Dak Prescott and not allowing him to feel comfortable all game long. They also held Ezekiel Elliott under 100 yards rushing.
Meanwhile, Marlon Mack had a field day. He had a career high 139 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He was gathering huge chunks of yards all game long. His ability to move the ball was crucial for the offense. That balance kept Dallas on their toes the entire game.
This was the most dominant effort the Colts have put together all season long. Their defense showed that it is for real and won’t back down in big games. They are going to need to continue to play that way if they want to make their way into the playoffs.