Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Taylor understood the challenge presented before him this past Saturday night facing off one of the top defenses in the NFL. Taylor seems to have cemented his spot for talks of offensive player of the year (OPOTY) or most valuable player (MVP) of the 2021 season. It seems Taylor anticipated defensive guru Bill Belichick to stack the line and game plan around him.
Like many, Taylor was prepared for the New England Patriots to gear up for the run. The Patriots tried to force the Colts to beat them with their passing attack. This almost was successful for the Pats. However, Taylor refused to be stopped and he pretty much had his way with the Patriots defense all day.
Patriots game plan for Taylor
While the Pats contained him for the majority of the game, they didn’t necessarily shut him down but contained him. Taylor still managed to run for 170 yards including a 67-yard dagger touchdown that sealed the win for the Colts. Ultimately, the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Patriots, 27-17.
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“I think it just says we’re a team that’s going to come in and play 60 minutes, four quarters of hard football and we’re not going to give up till the clock hits zero,” Taylor said. “It was just all-out effort.”
The Colts’ season is changed from this huge win at home. They’ve won their last five out of six games. They also just snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Patriots with the latest win. Taylor has been phenomenal all season. He’s scored 11 straight games, tying Hall of Famer Lenny Moore for the longest streak in franchise history, according to ESPN.
“I almost called a pass there because I thought we needed a first down and I talked it over with Marcus Brady and said ‘No, let’s call one more pass,'” coach Frank Reich said referring to his offensive coordinator. “There’s no way anybody’s catching him.”
Patriots attempt to bounce back
The Patriots just had gotten their seven-game winning streak snapped and they have officially dropped out of the No. 1 spot in the AFC playoff picture. The Pats had a very uncharacteristic beginning of the game with endless turnovers and mistakes. Ultimately, cost them 20-0 going into the fourth quarter.
“I’ve said it like five times, I can say it another five times,” Belichick said. “We didn’t do anything well enough to win tonight.”