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         The Indianapolis Colts are arguably the hottest team in foot


   
: Mikhail
 
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liny195 15 2019 9:35
E-mail After starting the season 1-5 and being completely written off https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Chester-Rogers-Jersey , the team is dangerously close to a playoff berth. The two opponents that remain should be easier than the two Indy just defeated. With just a little help, the Colts could enter the playoffs as one of the most feared wild card teams in the NFL. Perhaps the quietest part of the Colts comeback story has been the performance of a extremely young defense. No defense in the NFL has held opponents to fewer points since Week 7 only 15 points per game. The unit is now top 10 in yards per game, top 10 against the run, and the secondary just shut down the hottest receiver in the NFL.The offensive line, bolstered by the return of center Ryan Kelly, did not allow a sack. Veteran Joe Haeg took over as starting right guard for Mark Glowinski, who took over for Matt Slauson earlier in the season. This new line combination helped generated 178 yards on the ground, 181 if you dont count kneel downs. Even after getting abused by Colts ball carriers, the Cowboys have the fifth ranked run defense in the NFL, allowing 93.4 yards per game. Andrew Luck threw the ball 27 times, completing 16 passes for 192 yards. The Colts ran the ball 39 times and Marlon Mack rushed for the teams only two touchdowns. The offense went right into the teeth of the Cowboys defense and had an incredible day. The Colts defense held Ezekiel Elliott to only 87 rushing yards and forced Dallas to use him primarily as a receiver. The longest passing play allowed by the Colts went for 18 yards. Indianapolis is starting to put full games together. They started the season with a good first half or second half performance that wasnt enough to win. Now, they are imposing their will throughout entire games and asserting dominance over opponents. Do they have two more games in the tank?Lets revisit the keys to the game.PESTER PRESCOTTAchieved.Prescott was sacked three times, hit 5 times, and faced pressure throughout much of the game. The Colts defensive line pushed the line of scrimmage into Prescotts face regularly and forced him to get rid of the ball quickly. Nothing was opening up down the field and the swarming linebackers and secondary kept plays in front of them.Playing from behind has been unfamiliar for the Cowboys in recent weeks and they didnt look very comfortable handling the situation.Prescott finished the game with 206 passing yards and an interception.ENCUMBER ELLIOTTAchieved.The Colts managed to reduce Elliots impact by establishing a lead and by limiting his ability to make big plays. His longest run went for 24 yards Antonio Morrison Jersey , his longest reception went for 10. He touched the ball 25 times, which is more than half of Dallas offensive touches for the day. Darius Leonard and Anthony Walker were all over Elliott for much of the game, especially as a receiver. Each time he brought the ball in, he turned to face a linebacker barreling down on him. Dont misunderstand. Elliott is a dangerous offensive player who still averaged nearly 5 yards per carry. Indianapolis didnt keep him from being a very good player. The team simply kept him from dictating the outcome of the game.LEAN ON LUCKWrong.I didnt see this coming. Not in my wildest dreams did I see a scenario where the Colts shutout the Cowboys. I never imagined that Marlon Mack would run for over 130 yards and have two touchdowns. I couldnt have predicted that Frank Reich and his high powered, up-tempo, no huddle offense would run 39 times to only 27 passes.The Colts punched the Cowboys in the mouth repeatedly with a rushing attack that generated just shy of 5 yards per carry. They dominated the second half time of possession and left Dallas powerless to do anything about it.Luck had a casual Sunday afternoon. COMPLETE THE CATCHAchieved. Except for Ebron.What was most encouraging about the receivers today is that Nyheim Hines was utilized heavily as a weapon and showed patience and concentration to bring the ball in on plays he has blown in the past. His 10 touches were important to maintaining offensive balance and his four receptions were incredibly well designed by Frank Reich.What happens when Eric Ebron drops passes is stunning. It reminds me of Pierre Garcon. Easy pass and catch plays challenge him. Difficult leaping end zone catches are made to look easy. Go figure.MAKE THE REICH CALLSAchieved.Frank Reichs best call of the day was sticking with what was working. He didnt try to reinvent the wheel. The running game was working and he stuck with it. He dialed up big passing plays occasionally to keep the Cowboys honest but otherwise allowed the offensive line to open up rushing lanes and completely tire out their opponents.If you think up-tempo passing attacks are enough to gas an NFL defender, imagine a quick pace rushing attack where you get punched in the mouth over and over without a real opportunity to make substitutions. Indianapolis broke the will of the Cowboys sideline in the second half, and Reich did the right thing by sticking with what was working. Pardon us, but theres no deflating the focus whenever Andrew Luck and the Colts head to Gillette Stadium.Like everyone else, Pro Picks would be leaving its readers flat if it didnt mention the saga of footballs without enough air that penetrated the AFC championship game in the 2014 season when New England hosted Indianapolis.It would also be shirking our responsibility to ignore the fact that, like four years ago, this is pretty much a mismatch. The Patriots get back Tom Bradys favorite wideout, Julian Edelman, a few days after seemingly fixing their problems on both sides of the ball as they routed Miami.The Patriots have won the past five regular-season matchups and the past seven overall.New England Kenny Moore Color Rush Jersey , No. 7 in the AP Pro32, is a hefty some might say inflated 10&#189;-point favorite over No. 25 Indianapolis. We think its no problem giving up that many.PATRIOTS, 33-19KNOCKOUT POOL: The Jaguars did the job rather easily against the Jets last weekend. This week, well get it out of the way early with the PATRIOTS.No. 27 (tie) New York Giants (plus 7) at No. 9 CarolinaThe Giants are showing no reason to think they can stay with the fresh and skilled Panthers.BEST BET: PANTHERS, 27-13No. 11 Green Bay (minus 1) at No. 24 DetroitThis line basically means who will win. Detroit will.UPSET SPECIAL: LIONS, 26-24No. 3 Jacksonville (plus 3) at No. 2 Kansas CityThe Jaguars have a defense to slow Chiefs Express, end KCs unbeaten season.JAGUARS, 23-21No. 1 Los Angeles Rams (minus 7) at No. 18 SeattleChiefs loss would leave one unbeaten team, which will remain so.RAMS, 27-16No. 5 Baltimore (minus 3) at No. 23 ClevelandDangerous game for Ravens after win at Pittsburgh.RAVENS, 30-24No. 20 Atlanta (plus 3) at No. 19 PittsburghTwo hugely disappointing, struggling outfits. Go with the healthier team.STEELERS, 23-21No. 15 Miami (plus 5 1-2) at No. 6 CincinnatiThe Dolphins were exposed in New England and face a surprisingly strong Bengals squad.BENGALS, 27-17No. 14 Minnesota (plus 3) at No. 12 PhiladelphiaA rematch of NFC title game https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Jeremiah-George-Jersey , with both teams struggling in 2018. The Eagles are a different club at home.EAGLES, 23-17No. 21 Dallas (plus 3) at No. 26 HoustonA Texas showdown to be decided by the defenses. Houstons is better.TEXANS, 19-17No. 13 Washington (plus 7) at No. 4 New Orleans, Monday nightLooks like these Saints can beat you a bunch of ways, not just with Drew Brees.SAINTS, 31-20No. 10 Tennessee (minus 3 1-2) at No. 30 BuffaloThe Bills showed just how bogus that upset of Minnesota was last week by getting routed at Green Bay.TITANS, 20-9No. 16 Denver (plus 2 1-2) at No. 29 New York JetsWe dont believe in the Giants or the Jets.BRONCOS, 17-13No. 2 (tie) Oakland (plus 6) at No. 17 Los Angeles ChargersSomehow the Raiders keep every game close. This one, too.CHARGERS, 26-21No. 32 Arizona (plus 4) at No. 31 San FranciscoBoth teams showed more than expected last week. And lost.49ERS, 13-10



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