On Deck: Indianapolis Colts


On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every Cowboys game during the 2014 season.

The Opponent: The Colts are riding a four-game winning streak, and have proven to be able to win games in several ways, including Sunday's defensive struggle against Houston. The Colts have the best young player in football in quarterback Andrew Luck, who is having an MVP-caliber season.

Past Meetings: The Cowboys are 9-6 all-time against the Colts with the Cowboys winning the last two meetings. The last time the teams played was in 2010 when the Cowboys notched an overtime win in Indy.

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Key Matchup: Colts tight ends vs. Cowboys secondary — Everyone knows about T.Y. Hilton and how dangerous the young wideout is, but the Cowboys have struggled against tight ends this year and the Colts have two very good ones. Coby Fleener has 682 yards and six touchdowns this season, and Dwayne Allen has established himself as one of the league's most dangerous red-zone threats with 395 yards on 29 catches — eight of those going for touchdowns.

Who's Hot: Luck didn't have his best statistical game of the year in Sunday's defensive game against the Texans, but he did still manage to toss two touchdown passes and throw for 187 yards. But on the season, Luck has been phenomenal with 4,492 passing yards to go with his 38 touchdown passes.

The list is long here. Tony Romo was great on Sunday night, tossing three touchdown passes — all to a red-hot Dez Bryant. Jason Witten had one of his better games of the year with seven grabs for 69 yards and the Cowboys' defense forced three turnovers while getting another on special teams.

Who's Not: The Colts' run defense has struggled this season, which would be reason for DeMarco Murray to be licking his chops had he not had hand surgery on Monday and was not currently a question mark for Sunday.

Murray was held under 100 yards for the second time in as many games against the Eagles, but he still scored twice. A small feather in the cap of the Eagles, however, was the fact they have now held the league's leading rusher to two of his worst three rushing performances of the season.

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