The Cowboys travel to Indianapolis on Sunday to face the Colts. Dallas is in position to clinch the NFC East with a victory and a Washington loss. The Colts are a field goal favorite and ESPN's Matchup Predictor gives Indianapolis a 60.1-percent chance to win.
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TV: Noon CT on Fox.
SERIES HISTORY: 16th regular-season meeting. Dallas leads 10-5. The Cowboys have a three-game winning streak in the series with victories in 2014 and 2006 in Dallas and a 38-35 overtime win in Indianapolis in 2010. However, the Colts can cling to their victory over the Cowboys in Super Bowl V, when the Baltimore Colts defeated Dallas, 16-13.
BY THE NUMBERS: 294.2 – Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott’s passing yards per game during the team’s current five-game winning streak. That’s 86.7 yards better than Prescott’s average through the first half of this season. The increase aligns almost perfectly with the arrival of wide receiver Amari Cooper, who joined the team before Dallas’s eighth game of the season.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: RB Ezekiel Elliott passed Todd Gurley for the NFL’s rushing lead as he gained 113 yards on 28 carries. He also caught 12 passes for 79 yards, reaching a grand total of 192 yards on 40 touches. Elliott now has 4 games of more than 180 total yards this season it’s no coincidence that the Cowboys are 4-0 in those contests.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
— Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence vs. Colts QB Andrew Luck. Last week, Houston’s dynamic D-line duo of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney managed just one sack between them and the Texans totaled two sacks against Luck. He made them pay for it by passing for 399 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Colts to a 24-21 victory. It’s doubtful that Indianapolis will rely too much on running against the Dallas front seven, so it will be vital for Lawrence and his Hot Boyz teammates to get to Luck and make him uncomfortable.
— Cowboys WR Amari Cooper vs. Colts secondary. For all the work that Ezekiel Elliott puts in to fuel the Cowboys’ offense, it’s becoming more and more clear that Dallas will go as far as Cooper can take them. The wide receiver was the difference the Cowboys had to have in their overtime victory over Philadelphia on Sunday. Cooper and the Cowboys will be happy to be playing in a dome on Sunday, which could give them an edge against a Colts pass defense that is giving up 242 passing yards per game.