INDIANAPOLIS — Want further proof the Indianapolis Colts really are a team no body would like to face whenever they make the play offs?
Beat a Houston team on a winning streak? Check.
Beat a Dallas team on a winning streak the week? Did that, too.
And exactly that which left ending the streaks of the Texans and Cowboys ? The Colts used patterns for achievement.
The Colts used Andrew Luck’s arm into 1 game and switched it up with an astonishing racing game and their best defensive performance of the season against the Cowboys.
That’s a recipe to get a team which ’therefore capable of winning in any facet, and why the Colts have won seven of their last eight games after becoming their first shutout in more than four years by blanking the slumping Cowboys 23-0 on Sunday.
Even the Colts (8-6) have talked about not worrying about what other teams in the hunt do as it will take them no good if they look after their own company.
Since they track the Texans by two games with two games left in the 24, winning the AFC South is major hurdle for them. But making the play offs as a wild-card team is there in Indianapolis’ sight depending on which teams like Pittsburgh and Baltimore perform the rest of the growing season. The Colts have not gone to the playoffs as 2014.
The Cowboys strolled into Indianapolis champions of five in a row, using an offense led by running Ezekiel Elliott and also a defense ranked fourth in the NFL.
None of that mattered to the Colts. They went toe-to-toe with Dallas rolled their sleeves up and defeat by hitting them and beating them.
That’s the way that it had been game.
Over and over again.
The Cowboys reached Colts’ land seven days just to be left with a goose egg every time. After blanking the Cowboys if the Colts were looked at within a under rated unit under defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, that spent the last seven seasons in Dallas, that thought should vanish.
Even the Colts blocked a field goal, stuffed the Cowboys on upside down from their very own 3-yard line, had a sack on third down that knocked Dallas out of field goal range late in the first half and an interception late in the fourth quarter to secure the shutout.
This has been just part of their success the Colts had while holding Dallas to 292 total yards.
Elliott was at running as the NFL’s top rusher, the headliner, but he was not the very best player at his position Sunday. Colts running Marlon Mack was the player.
Mack rushed to get a career-high 139 yards. He has since Edgerrin James did it in 2005, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Information also have two rushing touchdowns in a season and the Colts running back to rush for 100 yards. Mack realized that feat against a Dallas defense that has been ranked third.
Run. Pass. Defend.
It will not matter with all the Colts. They’re capable of winning in any of those ways, which is overall manager Chris Ballard envisioned it as he put his team together.