INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (10-5) four-game win streak came to a sudden halt on Sunday afternoon in Dallas.
It was a struggle on all three phases for the AFC South Champs in falling 42-7 to the Cowboys (11-4).
Now, the Colts will close out the regular season next Sunday with a road game against the Titans (2-14).
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
MORE SLOW STARTS—A taunting penalty on the Colts first defensive series extended the drive for Dallas and that came back to haunt the visitors. The Colts didn’t get their initial first down until a little more than five minutes left in the second quarter. Slow starts continue to plague the Colts.
LACK OF RUN GAME– The Colts started the game with three straight runs in a clear effort to try and establish that area before the playoffs. It was tough sledding though on the ground. The Colts gained just one yard on 10 carries with the long rush of the day being just four yards.
SECONDARY STRUGGLES – In holding DeMarco Murray to 56 rushing yards (came into Sunday averaging 116 yards per game on the ground), that was the exact blueprint the Colts defense wanted on Sunday. It was the Cowboys passing attack that proved to be lethal though. Tony Romo was 18-of-20 for 218 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions on Sunday.
INJURY WATCH – T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) was held out of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Two more key players joined Hilton on the sidelines in Dwayne Allen (knee) and Jerrell Freeman (hamstring). It will be interesting to watch how healthy the Colts will be heading into regular season finale in Tennessee.
ONE MORE TUNEUP – The 2014 regular season for the Colts will end in Tennessee. From a seeding standpoint, the Colts will either be the No. 3 or 4 seed with hosting a Wild Card game the first week of January. A win for the Colts would give them a second straight year of sweeping the division slate of games.
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