Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor not only physically carried the Colts back into playoff contention but he also made his case for a potential MVP candidate. Taylor single-handedly destroyed the Buffalo Bills and exposed the number one ranked defense going into week 11.
He rushed the ball for a career-high 32 carries for 185 yards and became the 18th player in NFL history to score five touchdowns, per ESPN. Taylor rushed for four touchdowns and received a touchdown, as well, helped defeat the Bills, 41-15.
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“He’s sending a message to the league,” Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines said. “It’s been amazing watching him play. Great to watch him finish runs and make people miss. He’s a complete back … If there’s any skill position [for MVP], Jonathan Taylor needs to be in it. He and [Los Angeles Rams receiver] Cooper Kupp. JT is the first in line for a non-quarterback player.”
The 185 yards have officially moved Taylor to the top of the NFL’s rushing leaderboard in front of current injured Derrick Henry. At the rate, Taylor is performing. He may remain on the top for some time, especially with the possibility of Henry being out of the rest of the year with a foot injury.
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Taylor is the third-youngest player to have five touchdowns in a game and the third to get all five in just three quarters, per ESPN.
“You get a sense of his confidence,” Colts quarterback Carson Wentz said. “But you never know if you walk right by him in the locker room, in the grocery store, or whatever. He’s a low-key guy. He knows what he can do. He’s confident. … The game he had [Sunday], honestly, doesn’t surprise me anymore because every single week he shows up and shows out.”
Taylor is the best running back throughout Colt’s entire franchise since Hall of Famer Edgerrin James. He’s taken a load off Wentz’s shoulders with his ability to play make in the passing game in the open field, as well as, in between the tackles within the run game. He is the eight-player since 1950 with 1,200 scrimmage yards in an eight-game span, according to ESPN.
“We are hoping that we can just continue to build that workload like in the track and field,” Reich said last week. “Really have a second half of the year that’s stronger and faster than the first half of the year. That would be the goal.”