When you do not play quarterback, it isn’t straightforward to get your self inserted into the MVP dialog, however Jonathan Taylor may need really finished that after what he did in Buffalo on Sunday.
In what was arguably essentially the most spectacular efficiency by any participant this yr, Taylor totaled 204 yards whereas scoring a complete of 5 touchdowns within the Colts‘ dominating 41-15 win over the Payments.
Taylor’s efficiency was much more spectacular as a result of he did it towards a Payments protection that was surrendering simply 89.3 dashing yards per sport going into Week 11, which was the very best mark within the AFC and third-best within the NFL. There was no motive to assume the Colts had been going to complete greater than 260 yards on the bottom, however that is precisely what they did and most of it got here courtesy of Taylor, who merely could not be stopped.
On the Colts opening drive alone, Taylor carried the ball six occasions for 35 yards, together with a 3-yard landing, and that was an indication of issues to return on the day.
That rating kickstarted a day that ended with him dashing for 185 yards. Each time the Colts obtained close to the tip zone, they referred to as Taylor’s quantity and each time they referred to as, he answered. Not solely did he have 4 dashing touchdowns, however he additionally added a 23-yard landing catch.
The 5 touchdowns by Taylor was much more spectacular when you think about that the Payments had solely surrendered 5 complete touchdowns to operating backs all season earlier than Sunday. Along with his 5 scores, Taylor turned the primary participant in Colts historical past to attain 5 touchdowns, which is sort of unbelievable when you think about that he performs for a company that is had guys like Edgerrin James, Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson and Marvin Harrison stroll via its doorways.
Taylor now has eight straight video games with not less than one landing and 100 or extra scrimmage yards, which makes him simply the second participant since 1950 to tug that off. The one different participant to do it was LaDainian Tomlinson, which is notable, as a result of Tomlinson ended up profitable MVP in 2006, making him one in all simply two operating backs to win the award over the previous 15 years. Taylor may not win MVP this yr, however in a season the place there isn’t any frontrunner, he definitely belongs within the dialog and if the Colts maintain profitable, he is solely going to turn into a extra distinguished a part of that dialog.
Because of Taylor and a protection that is slowly turning into one of many NFL’s greatest, the Colts will not be solely trying like playoff contenders, however they’re trying like a staff which may be capable to do some harm as soon as the postseason rolls round.
Alright, let’s get to the grades for each sport from Week 11. In case you’re in search of a deeper dive on the Patriots‘ blowout win over the Falcons that was performed on Thursday, you should definitely click on right here.
Indianapolis 41-15 over Buffalo
Colts-Payments grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Tampa Bay 30-10 over N.Y. Giants
Baltimore 16-13 over Chicago
Cleveland 13-10 over Detroit
Houston 22-13 over Tennessee
Miami 24-17 over N.Y. Jets
San Francisco 30-10 over Jacksonville
Minnesota 34-31 over Inexperienced Bay
Packers-Vikings grades by Cody Benjamin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Philadelphia 40-29 over New Orleans
Saints-Eagles grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Washington 27-21 over Carolina
Titans-Saints grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Cincinnati 32-13 over Las Vegas
Kansas Metropolis 19-9 over Dallas
Cowboys-Chiefs grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
Arizona 23-13 over Seattle
Cardinals-Seahawks grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
L.A. Chargers 41-37 over Pittsburgh
Steelers-Chargers grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)
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