QB Caleb Hanie - Dallas Cowboys
|6-2, 236||Born: 9-11-1985||College: Colorado State||Drafted: ---|
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Week 16: vs Indianapolis Colts
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Tony Romo has relied on four main receivers over the past two weeks, with 15 targets for 12/196/3 going to Dez Bryant; 12 for 9/95/0 flowing to Jason Witten; 11 for 10/52/0 landing in DeMarco Murray's hands; and seven for 7/84/2 going to Cole Beasley. During that time frame, Romo's thrown 43/57 for 470 yards passing, six TDs and zero interceptions - the Cowboys' passing attack is hot right now. They may need to lean on Romo and his arm this week, too, as Murray had finger surgery on Monday and it is uncertain if he'll be able to go in this contest.
The Colts' pass D limited Houston to 13/25 for 152 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception after the Texans lost Ryan Fitzpatrick to a broken leg and turned to third-stringer Tom Savage. Two weeks ago, Brian Hoyer also struggled against this secondary, with 13/30 for 133 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions - of late, Indianapolis' pass D is shutting down opponents. They are ranked 19th in the NFL this season, averaging 240.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores handed out vs. 12 interceptions and 36 sacks generated (15th- and 10th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Lately the Colts are playing much better football than their season numbers indicate, though.
Dallas faces an improving pass D in this one - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the Cowboys.
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