The first half of the Cowboys-Colts game felt a whole lot like the Cowboys’ first two road games of this season.
In losses to Carolina and Seattle in September, Dallas scored a grand total of three points as it fell into double-digit deficits in both games.
Much has been an will continue to be made of the Cowboys’ failure to score in the red zone once again as the Colts stopped them on fourth-and-1 from the Indianapolis 3 early in the second quarter.
But the story of the Cowboys’ first half can’t be told without mention of 4 penalties for 39 yards and a pair of sacks for 16 yards in losses. Dallas dominated time of possession, winning that category by more than eight minutes. Ezekiel Elliott has 87 total yards in the first half. But it was all wasted as Dallas couldn’t score.
There’s more to worry about too. Elliott went limping off the field after his last two carries. Obviously, that’s an injury the Cowboys can’t afford.
The Colts’ 45-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri nailed a 43-yard field goal with no time left in the second quarter to put Indianapolis in front 10-0 at the break.
So the big questions for the second half: Can Dallas turn around the momentum and erase a 10-point deficit for the first time this season? How serious is Elliott’s limp and can he bounce back to lead the offense in the third and fourth quarters?