Colts Have Had Bigger Turnaround Than Dallas


The Matchup:

While the Cowboys and Colts don't meet often, this certainly isn't the first time Dallas has a chance to clinch the NFC East and the Colts are standing in the way. In 2014, Dallas needed a win over Indy to wrap up the division, and smashed the playoff-bound Colts, 42-7 at AT&T Stadium. While a lopsided victory isn't expected, especially with the Colts entering the week as slight favorites, this is also an Indianapolis team that is seeking a postseason spot. Similar to the Cowboys, the Colts have turned around their season after beginning the year 1-5. But lately, thanks to Andrew Luck and a high-powered offense, the Colts have won six of seven games and are no strangers to ending a streak. Don't think the Cowboys' five-game streak has the Colts worried considering they went to Houston last week and ended Houston's nine-game winning streak. Luck ranks second in the NFL this year with 34 TD passes and is fifth in passing yards with 3,759.

The Series:

Like most AFC teams, the Colts only show up on the Cowboys' schedule every four years, and it has been eight seasons since Dallas visited Indy. For some context, both Dez Bryant and Sean Lee were rookies, playing against a Peyton Manning-led Colts team during the last game up there. Overall, the Cowboys hold a 10-6 series record against the Colts, which includes a Super Bowl V loss to the Baltimore Colts. Since the franchise moved to Indy, the Cowboys are 2-2 in games on the road.

The Connections:

·      Cowboys defensive lineman Caraun Reid was with the Colts during the 2017 season and part of 2018 before he joined the Cowboys.

·      Guard Adam Redmond was part of the Colts' organization from 2016-17.

·      Dallas WR coach Sanjay Lal (2017) and tight end coach Doug Nussmeier (1998) have both been on the staff for the Colts.

·      Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus was with the Cowboys from 2011-17 as the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator. He's in his first full season as the Colts' DC. Linebackers coach Dave Borgonzi was on the Cowboys' coaching staff from 2011-13.

·      The Cowboys have had a couple of players in training camp at one point that are now with the Colts organization. Defensive tackle Jihad Ward, who was traded from the Raiders in the Ryan Switzer deal, is now with the Colts, but on injured reserve.

·      Defensive back Rolan Milligan was with the Cowboys in 2016 but was waived before the end of training camp. He's now on the Colts practice squad.