DOG COWBOYS SHOULD RIDE COLTS ON SATURDAY
The Dallas Cowboys have reeled off 5 consecutive wins and have a Saturday showdown in Indianapolis, facing a Colts team fresh off a nice 24 - 21 win in Houston versus the previously unbeaten in 9 consecutive games Texans. The home town Colts are currently point spread (-3) and money line (-162) favorites.
Why do I like the Cowboys?
- The Colts have been averaging approximately 58k in attendance, and if there is an increase for this game it will be due to the die hard travelling Cowboys fan base showing up. Dallas has played in front of road crowd attendance of 70+ thousand on average, and after losing the first 4 road games, have won the most recent two in Philadelphia and in Atlanta. Dallas will have their backers in the audience for this game, and should give them an extra confidence boost, in contrast to the menial crowds showing up to see the Colts. If Dak is able to bark out the play calls with lesser crowd noise level interference, then this should bode will for the Cowboy offense.
- Since 2016, the Cowboys boast a 19 - 9 record straight up after a win, while the Colts are 5 - 11 over the same period (bear in mind Andrew Luck was not there), but I am not going to go against what may be considered a Dallas strength with a team that has not changed as dramatically (less WR Bryant), but some excellent additions via the draft + Amari Cooper, as the Colts.
- The only time the Colts hosted the Cowboys, and were favored, in December, was December 5, 2010, and Dallas was effective enough to pull off the upset 38 - 35. Furthermore, the Cowboys have won the most recent 3 consecutive meetings in 2006, 2010, and 2014.
- Dallas has a more balanced offensive attack IMO, better ground game, lesser air power, but more effective since aquiring Amari Cooper to keep opponents defenses off kilter. Taking that into consideration, and including a Dallas defense that is now coming into its own, if able to stuff the run, make Luck one dimensional, may be able to cause more problems for the Colts, than the Indianapolis defense is able to cause the Cowboys
PREDICTION: Take the Dallas Cowboys ML (+142)
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Dallas Cowboys 30, Indianapolis Colts 24
Good luck everyone!