The Dallas Cowboys defense knows it’s in for a favorable matchup on Sunday. When they take on the Indianapolis Colts in primetime, they know they can mess up the entire game with their biggest strength.
A Micah Parsons-led pass rush.
The Cowboys remain the most dangerous pass-rushing unit in the NFL. Not only because they lead the league in pressure rate but because they can do it a ton of different ways as Dan Quinn is able to unleash his players with great pressure designs and is timely and smart about his blitzing.
The Colts offensive line hasn’t been up for the task this season. Consider the following numbers outlined by Robert Mays in a recent episode of The Athletic Football Show:
- The Colts have lost the most EPA in sacks this season.
- They’re 27th in EPA/attempt when pressured.
- They’re 4th in the NFL in pressure dropbacks.
That doesn’t bode well for Jeff Saturday’s squad against the Cowboys. The Super Bowl-winning center-turned-head coach might even be tempted to suit up and help out in the trenches.
Naturally, the Colts will probably aim to drag this one out and turn it into an ugly, punishing game while pounding the rock with Jonathan Taylor. That’s perhaps their best shot at winning considering their defense is good. But even running the football will be tough.
Per RBSDM.com, the Colts are 31st in the NFL in EPA per rush attempt and 30th in rushing success rate. Although Dan Quinn’s defense allows explosive plays in the run game, his unit still ranks Top 10 versus the run in DVOA and success rate.
Loading the box is an option for the Cowboys on Sunday Night considering the Colts’ passing game is broken with a version of Matt Ryan that refuses to throw downfield.
While we are used to calling any “easy-looking” game a trap game nowadays, the truth is this is not that. The Cowboys are facing a team that shouldn’t be seen at their level.
There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to put the Colts away on Sunday.
For more on the Cowboys’ upcoming game, check out Wednesday’s episode of my nightly show A to Z Sports Dallas Primetime!
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