The Dallas Cowboys entered the fourth quarter with a mere two-point lead over the Indianapolis Colts but came out of it in the end with a 35-point victory.
Offensive spotlight: With a combined seven turnover-worthy plays and one big-time throw, neither Dak Prescott or Matt Ryan played to the best of their abilities. The Dallas run game, however, was firing on all cylinders. The Cowboys generated a season-high +0.32 expected points added (EPA) per rush on the night.
Defensive spotlight: Cowboys fifth-round rookie DaRon Bland — making just his third career start — was the star of the show. He picked off two passes and allowed just nine yards on 34 coverage snaps for the game.
Rookie spotlight: Alongside Bland, Dallas rookie tackle Tyler Smith stood out. The first-round pick didn’t allow a single pressure for the game on first review, which would be his second such game in his rookie campaign.
Offensive line spotlight: The Colts offensive line was a major problem all game long. Six offensive linemen saw considerable playing time, and each one of them lost at least three reps for the game. Five of the six earned a poor pass-blocking grade below 60.0 on first review.
|Matt Ryan||13.1||21 / 37||233||6.3||2||3||3||59.9|
|Dak Prescott||17.8||20 / 30||170||5.7||3||1||1||100.7|
|Michael Pittman Jr.||3.6||4||2||16||4.0||0||11|