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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Indianapolis

In a game we all hoped would clinch the division, the instead got shut out by the in one of their worst performances of the season. It was a deplorable performance in every aspect of the game and something we hope to never see again.

I knew sooner or later the Dallas Cowboys self-inflicted wounds would catch up to them, and that's exactly what happened against the Colts. They had far too many and mental mistakes once again and it allowed Indianapolis to take over the game. The Cowboys beat themselves plain and simple.

Before I get on a rant about yesterday's game, I better stick to the topic at hand and share with you what I believe to be The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for the Dallas Cowboys. As always, please feel free to use the comment section located at the end of the article to share any of your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

The Good

Ezekiel Elliott
Dallas Cowboys RB

In a game where just about everything went wrong for the Dallas Cowboys it sometimes a little difficult to find any kind of silver lining. That was the case this week after the Cowboys were shut out by the Indianapolis Colts. But, the good for me is that Dallas still holds their playoff fate in their hands, despite the embarrassing loss.

Any thoughts of sitting any of the starters for the Cowboys has now gone out the window. They absolutely have to play to win to close out the 2018 regular-season, because they failed to do what needed to be done against the Colts to secure the East division title. Luckily though, it didn't close the door on their playoff aspirations.

With the Buccaneers and Giants left remaining on their schedule, the Cowboys will have to find some way to get back to their winning ways. Hopefully this was just the slap in the face they needed in order to put things in perspective. They simply can't afford another showing like they had against Indianapolis at any point moving forward.

The Bad

Xavier Su'a-flio
Dallas Cowboys LG Xavier Su'a-flio

I knew exactly what I was going to put in the section as soon as it happened during the game. The bad this week for the Dallas Cowboys against the Indianapolis Colts for me was without a doubt their banged up, patched together .

The Cowboys were forced to go with a patchwork offensive line for the majority of the game against the Colts yesterday afternoon after Xavier Su'a-flio left the game after an eye , forcing the Cowboys to go with their third string offensive . Su'a-flio immediately had to leave the stadium to have his eye examined by an optometrist, suggesting that it was a pretty significant injury.

Unfortunately, another injury on the OL for the Cowboys leaves them severely thin depth wise at the most inopportune time. Hopefully a week of rest has done 's injured knee some good and he will be able to return to the lineup as soon as possible. That would allow to move back to LG and hopefully solidify the offensive line once again.

The Ugly

Marlon Mack, Chidobe Awuzie
Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack

Maybe I underestimated the Indianapolis Colts or maybe I just overrated the , but something was clearly off yesterday afternoon on the defensive side of the ball for the Cowboys. After being so good nearly all season, they were just plain ugly against Indianapolis.

The Cowboys didn't have an answer for the Colts offense, especially in the . Marlon Mack, a solid runner although not spectacular, completely gashed the Cowboys usually stout . He ran for 139 rushing yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns, something that's been unheard of against Dallas' run D.

I was honestly completely shocked he had so much success. There were far too many missed tackles and blown assignments to my liking and I believe the staff will make sure to focus on clearing that up moving forward. This team can't afford to let opposing offenses control the clock with their rushing attack. That's the Cowboys MO.

What's your good, bad, and ugly for the Dallas Cowboys against Indianapolis?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Really, you could see this coming. As you mentioned, the OL is so banged up it’s amazing they have played as well as they have. Dak has missed wide open WRs all year and taken too many sacks that HE created by holding on to the ball. And except for Cooper, we’ve had way too many drop by wide open Receivers. We should have had points on the first drive but instead end up giving the ball up and we never recovered. The Colts OL just flat outplayed our DL which is something we haven’t seen for a while and it affected the whole D. Linehan stayed predictable as usual but mostly it comes back to Dak’s regression. In his rookie season he was so accurate and protected the ball so well I felt like we had found our QB of the future. But why in the world wouldn’t Dallas signed an experienced backup like Philly did last year? If they hadn’t, there was no way they would have won a SB. Also, carrying only two RBs active each week is ridiculously fool hearty. Zeke is hurt and can’t continue to carry this team each week with such a heavy load. I think we’ll have a new HC & OC next year because we’re too inconsistent under Garrett to ever go very far. We need a young, aggressive and imaginative OC & HC. Maybe Richard or make him the DC and find a young, hungry Asst. Coach for HC. I wish we could get a new GM but we all know that won’t happen. I just know there is a lot of talent on this team, the question is why can’t they win consistently week to week?

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