Dallas, 8-3 on the season, should be able to defend home turf against 4-7 Indianapolis. However, stranger things have happened in the NFL. It’s certainly a week-to-week, day-to-day league.
One area that the Cowboys must be prepared for is the Colts’ rushing attack. Dallas has struggled defending the ground game this season. While Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is one of the best in football.
Mike McCarthy "wouldn't be surprised" if Jonathan Taylor "carries it north of 20" against the #Cowboys on Sunday.— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) November 30, 2022
Sidebar: Stop Taylor, stop the Colts dead in their tracks.
Stopping Taylor is key for Cowboys
The key to winning is very simple for the Dallas Cowboys: stop the run. Especially Jonathan Taylor. However, that is much easier said than done for a team that is much better at getting after the quarterback.
Dallas is one of the worst at stopping the run this season. In fact, the Cowboys rank 24th out of 32 teams in rushing yards per game allowed. Dallas has given up an average of 131.9 yards per game on the ground through 12 games.
Meanwhile, Taylor is a special talent that is capable of taking over with his legs. Taylor has battled injuries and poor offensive play this season, but he recently reminded everybody what he can do.
The Cowboys allowed Aaron Jones to have their way with them a few weeks ago. Since then, the defense has stepped up at defending on the ground. Backing up what Micah Parsons said following the Packers’ loss.
“The Packers’ (game) we learned and we grew. It won’t happen again though. If Dak goes out there and gives me that lead again, I promise we ain’t going to do that again,” Parsons said then.
Dallas held Saquon Barkley (39 yards) and Dalvin Cook (72) to a combined 111 yards rushing over the last two games. A similar performance against Jonathan Taylor would go a long way in securing a third consecutive win.
The Dallas Cowboys should be able to improve its record to 9-3 on Sunday. Stopping Jonathan Taylor and the Colts’ ground game will go a long way in that being a reality, though.
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