The Dallas Cowboys fell to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Here is why there was no better time than Week 15 to drop a game.
The Dallas Cowboys lost their first game in over a month on Sunday as they were blanked by the Indianapolis Colts. It was probably the “safest” loss to take within the last three games on the schedule.
The Colts are a young and talented playoff team with a hungry head coach who is looking to leave his mark on offensive play calling and a quarterback who is pretty good (Andrew Luck). While the Dallas Cowboys have been a bit more exciting lately, Sunday’s loss reminds everyone that they are not infallible.
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The Dallas Cowboys have been on a roll lately however the thought that they were going to win out never really seemed plausible. The playoffs are a different animal but the Cowboys finishing off the regular season on a winning streak just did not seem possible.
Sunday’s loss also reminds us that the Cowboys coaching staff is not exactly on the cutting edge of things. I mean how many times did we see Dallas in the red zone achieve absolutely nothing?
If it is not the playmakers on this football team, then who is really at fault for this collapse? It has to be the offensive coaching staff that is to blame here as they were outcoached by Frank Reich all day long.
It is somewhat suspect that the former Philadelphia Eagles coach knew so much about the Dallas Cowboys game plan after they swept the Eagles, but maybe that is just coincidental (probably not).
Either way, it has made things a bit more interesting as we head towards the end of the regular season. Dallas has beaten the Philadelphia Eagles twice this season so any tiebreakers should go to the Cowboys.
They get the red-hot Houston Texans in Week 16 and the Redskins in Week 17. All the Cowboys have to do is win one of their remaining two games and they are heading to the playoffs so Dallas is still very much in the driver’s seat. The Cowboys must be wary though as a loss to a divisional foe in Week 17 (New York Giants) could tip the scales if the standings are knotted up.
This loss gave the Dallas Cowboys a reality check, something that they sorely needed after Amari Cooper’s 200-yard day. This is not a pass-heavy football team and it is not even close to what this roster does best. The ground game, led by solid offensive line play is what makes the Cowboys so dangerous.
With so many injuries to the offensive line, it is fair to wonder whether or not Dallas will be able to effectively run the football in Week 16. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that should not be a problem but Dallas is running out of road when it comes to excuses or time.
Wrapping up these two wins should cement the Dallas Cowboys as a four or a five seed in the NFC.
- Published on 12/19/2018 at 13:20 PM
- Last updated at 12/19/2018 at 13:28 PM