Thanksgiving has come and gone and it’s time for the Dallas Cowboys to begin their four games against the AFC South.
First up is the Indianapolis Colts, who have had quite a tumultuous season. From head coach Frank Reich getting fired only to be replaced by broadcaster and former high school football coach Jeff Saturday to temporarily benching Matt Ryan for Sam Ehlinger, this team has had quite a dramatic year so far.
Right now, they sit at 4-6-1, which shockingly means they are in second place in a dismal AFC South conference.
One positive for Dallas is that they will get far more rest than the Colts will ahead of this game. Dallas played on Thanksgiving (dub!) and will have a full 10 days of rest before this matchup, whereas Indy still has to play their Week 12 game on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While this team certainly isn’t as strong as people thought they could be, there are still players worth noting as the Cowboys prepare to take Indy on in this week’s Sunday Night Football matchup.
Let’s take a look at those Colts.
3 Colts players to watch out for against the Cowboys on SNF
3. Stephon Gilmore, CB
Although he may not be Trevon Diggs (yes, that is a biased statement), Gilmore has been one of the most consistent cornerbacks in the league for quite some time. He’s a 5x Pro Bowler, 2x All-Pro, and a Super Bowl Champion who brings 11 years of experience to the field.
Despite an overall tumultuous season, he has been an impactful piece of the puzzle for the Colts. After joining the team as a free agent this offseason, Gilmore seems to make an important play in nearly every game.
In their upset victory over the Chiefs in Week 3, the cornerback had a big stop against TE Travis Kelce on third down helped lead Indy to victory. His first interception of the season came at a perfect time in Week 5, allowing the Colts to force overtime against the Broncos. A pass deflection in OT sealed the game for Indy.
Once again, he saved the day in Week 11 against the Las Vegas Raiders. On a 4th down attempt that would make or break the game, Gilmore was all over the play to make sure the Raiders didn’t go up by one.
When asked about his game-winning pass breakup, this is what the 32-year-old said:
"I’ve been in this league for a long time. I’ve made a lot of those plays at the end of the game. Whether it’s in Super Bowl moments, AFC championships — I live for these moments. I wouldn’t say it’s disrespectful for them to try me in those moments, but I like those moments for myself."
Gilmore knows how to stop big plays, and Dak Prescott needs to prepare to be careful when throwing his direction.