Colts: 3 things Indy must do to avoid trap game vs Jets
1. Establish the Run Early and Don’t Abandon it
The Colts should continue feeding RB Jonathan Taylor after his strong performance in Week 2.
Marlon Mack’s season-ending Achilles tear was a crushing blow to the running game, and it expectedly sparked speculation as to whether rookie Jonathan Taylor was ready to handle an NFL workload.
In truly poetic fashion, the Wisconsin product silenced his critics with a spectacular performance, taking 26 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown. His 3.9 YPC doesn’t look great at first glance, but that largely came down to the fact that Minnesota was stacking the box in the second half after the Colts built a sizable lead and tried milking the clock.
Taylor’s blend of agility and strength while running behind a stout offensive line proved to be unstoppable, and there’s literally zero reason for Indianapolis not to deploy a similar blueprint — control the game and time of possession by establishing the run early — against New York, a team which allowed Raheem Mostert and Jerick McKinnon to log a whopping 169 yards on just 11 carries in Week 2.
Remember the 55-yard run on 3rd & 31? Once again, the Jets hilariously cannot stop a nosebleed.
The former Badger looked the part of a workhorse NFL running back against Minnesota, and the Colts should undoubtedly ride him to a comfortable win for the second week in a row.