Head Coach Ranking

Indianapolis Colts 23, Dallas Cowboys 0 – Dec. 18, 2018

Key Coaching Decision #1: (DAL ball, trailing 7-0 / fourth-and-1, IND 3 / 14:15 Q2)
• Dallas decided to go for it on fourth down inside the Colts 5-yard line. Ezekiel Elliott was hit in the backfield for a loss and the Colts took over on downs.

Key Observations:

• The Indianapolis defense completely shut down the Dallas offense, including that goal-line stand in the second quarter that the Cowboys never recovered from. Colts rookie linebacker Darius Leonard led the way with a team-high 11 tackles; he has 146 tackles on the season.

• The Colts offensive line deserves a ton of credit as they dominated upfront and handled a very good Cowboys defense. Andrew Luck did have to move out of the pocket at times, but was not sacked and was able to scramble, which gave his receivers time to get separation. Running back Marlon Mack gashed Dallas for 139 yards rushing and two touchdowns; as a team Indianapolis had 178 yards on the ground.

• The Cowboys were shut out for the first time since 2003, which was Bill Parcells’ first season roaming the Cowboys sideline.

• Dallas is still in great position to win the NFC East as they only need to win one more game to clinch the division title and a home game in the playoffs.

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