Everyone knew that the Indianapolis Colts were beatable. They had played too many close games this season to have the impression that they were really going to go 16 games without falling. Sunday, that fall finally came in Big D as the Colts fell tot the Cowboys 21-14. Dallas was intense on defense, attacked on offense, and after a sloppy start Tony Romo looked good in going 19-for-23 for 226 yards. He also got the time to throw, as he was sacked just once, and made some huge throws down the stretch to ice the game.
For Indy, the loss is not all that devistating. They are still 4 full games up in their division, and still control home field in the AFC by one game over two other teams. It may actually be good in the long run, as it shows them they can be beat, and that they still have a ways to go before they can book their flights to Miami for the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning, for as good as he is, can still be confused, and give the Cowboys credit for using some intersting defenses to rattle Manning a bit. Peyton ended the day 20-for-39 for 254 yards with two TD’s and two interceptions, one of which went for a Cowboys touchdown.
I think the Cowboys season has for sure been saved with the move four weeks ago to put Tony Romo in, and show Drew Bledsoe the bench. Since being put in the starting lineup, Romo has gone 3-1, and really should be 4-0 if it were not for a blocked kick and a silly facemask that cost the Cowboys the game in Washington two weeks ago.
The NFC East is going to have a different look on Sunday night, as with the season ending injury to Donovan McNabb, the two teams that will be left to fight it out are the Cowboys and Giants. New York still holds a 1/2 game lead going into Monday night, but a loss in Jacksonville and things will be even with six to play. Suddenly the matchup on 12/3 in New York between the Cowboys and Giants looks as if it may be for the division title. Nevertheless, give Dallas props for being the first to handle the Colts well enough to send them home with their first loss of the season.