The Dallas Cowboys (9-3) crushed the Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1) 54-19 in the Sunday night prime-time game at AT&T Stadium.
The Colts weren’t predicted to win the game. They had a strong start, making 10 points in the first quarter. But the Colts continued to suffer self-inflicted damages and expensive blunders that prevented them from playing a full game.
The game turned interesting and predictable when the Colts were down 21-19 at the end of the third quarter and the wheels eventually came off. The Cowboys scored 33 straight points in the fourth quarter as a result of the Colts making mistake after mistake.
Final Score for the game:
Dallas Cowboys had a sure win after
Colts tight end after catching a screen pass, Mo Alie-Cox lost the ball. Malik Hooker, a current Cowboys safety and a former Colt, grabbed it and ran it into the end zone for a score, boosting their advantage to 34-19 early in the fourth quarter.
CB Kenny Moore II and RT Braden Smith were both inactive during the game due to an injured ankle and illness respectively.
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Highlights of the game:
- The Colts suffered yet another setback due to mistakes and self-inflicted damage. They made five mistakes, and the Cowboys scored touchdowns as a result of each one.
- All night long, the Cowboys’ defense made plays with the ball. They broke up five passes and intercepted two others.
- S Cowboys Malik Hooker undoubtedly played his previous squad in retaliation. He caught a pass that was intercepted and returned it 38 yards to the house for a touchdown.
- Although the offence occasionally made good plays but ultimately it had trouble moving the ball. They only made four of thirteen third down conversion attempts, averaging just 3.5 yards per play.
- The Colts’ pass rush only managed one quarterback hit and one sack. Additionally, the defence only registered two tackles for a loss.
Best in the game:
- Alec Pierce, wide receiver: The rookie made a significant impression during prime time. With four grabs for 86 yards and a touchdown, he led the offence.
- Gilly Lock remains to be a premier asset in the secondary, according to CB Stephon Gilmore. He intercepted a pass and deflected two others.
- Zaire Franklin, LB: Although the game wasn’t ideal, Franklin was a powerhouse in the middle. With 10 tackles, including six solo stops, and a superb pass interception in the end zone, he took the lead.
Snippets from the game:
- At right tackle, Dennis Kelly took over for the injured, Braden Smith.
- The initial punt returner for the second time in a row was CB Dallis Flowers.
- In the first quarter, K Chase McLaughlin made a 52-yard field goal. On field goals of fifty yards or more this year, he has made 7 of 10.
- The Colts opened the game with 10 points, which is a season high for them in the first quarter.
- Dennis Kelly was replaced at right tackle by Matt Pryor about halfway into the second quarter. Then, toward the last of the second quarter, Kelly returned.
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- The Colts have lost Twelve of their Thirty fumbles thus far this season. Both are NFL leaders.
- The Cowboys got 33 points off turnovers.
- The 54 points scored against the Colts are their highest total since Week 11 of 2012 when they fell 59-24 to the New England Patriots.
- Interim HC Jeff Saturday had two opportunities to use a challenge on plays where the Colts had good cases for turnovers and Jeff decided not to use them.
- Six of the Colts’ last seven games have ended in losses.
- In Thirteen games this season, the offence has only twice scored more than 20 points.
- Due to the defeat, the Colts entered Monday night with the ninth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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