3. Dallas is well rested, Indy will not be
There are those who hate that the Cowboys are always playing on Thanksgiving Day, as it gives them a mini-bye in late November every season. Of course, other teams get this as well when they’re on any other Thursday Night Football game, but everything this team does gets criticized.
Having said that, the Cowboys are coming off a mid-week game, which gives them 10 days before having to take the field against the Colts. They also don’t have to travel since they played at AT&T Stadium during the holiday — which is another contention for those who think the Thanksgiving game should be alternated. That’s never happening, though, because America’s Team draws millions of eyes to their game every year on Turkey Day, and the NFL likes money. Loves it, actually.
For this game, though, the advantage isn’t just that Dallas played on Thursday. Instead, the real advantage comes in the fact that the Colts just played on Monday Night Football. While they were at home for that contest, they didn’t get done playing until after 11 PM, meaning they had no recovery time on Monday at all.
They then get just five full days before playing Dallas, and they have to do so on the road. Not only do the Cowboys have a better roster and better coaching staff, but they also have twice as much time to prepare for this game. That gives us yet another reason to believe they’ll pull off this win.