The Cowboys are already in the playoffs in a sense.
If they lose either of these last two games, they’re basically eliminated from postseason contention, barring a Philadelphia Eagles slip-up against the Washington Redskins or New York Giants. In order to break their three game losing streak at home, the ‘boys will need: stellar play from their pass defense, DeMarco Murray to be DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant to win his matchup.
Cowboys’ secondary versus Luck and Co.
Aside from a few busted plays in the Philadelphia game, the Cowboys’ secondary has been reasonably effective this season. Part of that is because the run defense is so horrendous, allowing 110 rushing yards per game and a 4.3 average. Nonetheless, the secondary deserves its due. Last week they held Mark Sanchez under 300 passing yard and no touchdowns. That’s not saying much, Sanchez is nowhere near Luck in terms of talent, but it’s a start considering no Eagles receiver went over 100 yards. The Colts will likely be without T.Y. Hilton who’s nursing a hamstring injury, making Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s job a bit easier. Hilton is a huge part of their offense because of his interchangeability, he can line up anywhere and hurt you. If he can’t go, they’ll still have to deal with Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks respectively. Look for Marinelli to employ the same approach he used in the Eagles game: mixing in a lot of aggressive, man coverage, some bump-and-run and chipping their tight ends off the line. Dallas’ front seven should be able to keep a lid on the Colts’ run game, but to win they’ll need at least three sacks on Luck.Read more... Join the Conversation...