Frank Reich finally executed the perfect Jonathan Taylor game plan
The Indianapolis Colts dominated the Bills behind an elite performance from running back Jonathan Taylor.
All season long, Indianapolis Colts fans have asked that head coach Frank Reich feeds Jonathan Taylor and lets him rush the team to victory. On Sunday, Reich listened, and the outcome was special.
In a game that had the Buffalo Bills favorited to win, the Colts received the opening kickoff and immediately turned to Taylor. On the first drive of the game, Taylor had six carries for 35 yards and a touchdown.
On the second Indianapolis drive of the game, Taylor added another carry for 11 yards then finished the possession off with a 23-yard catch and run where he showed both strength and agility.
This wasn’t just a hot start for Taylor and the Colts, but it was a theme that they stuck to all day as they handily beat Buffalo 41-15.
Jonathan Taylor powers the Colts to victory
Taylor finished the game with 32 carries for 185 yards and four touchdowns, while also adding three receptions for 19 yards and another touchdown. The career high 35 touches helped Taylor to reach his eighth straight game of 100+ yards from scrimmage, which ties him for the longest streak in NFL history.
This is only Taylor’s second game this season with at least 20 carries, and the first one was just last week against the Jaguars. Hopefully, the success of the Bills game gives Reich the courage to feed Taylor as much as possible.
While the defense had a great game and Carson Wentz also played well, the Colts don’t win in this dominant fashion without the work of Taylor and the offensive line. They were able to run their way to a victory and also into sole ownership of the rushing yards lead.
Jonathan Taylor running away with rushing lead
Taylor entered the game tied with Derrick Henry as the NFL rushing leader, but after his explosion on Sunday, and Henry’s injury, Taylor is the sole leader and is running away from the competition. Taylor’s 1,122 yards are over 200 yards more than the next person on the list.
While Taylor doesn’t have to worry about Henry catching him, the Colts should look to the Titans’ use of Henry as inspiration. Tennessee was able to rise as one of the best teams in the NFL by feeding Henry and even had some playoff success.
Indianapolis is in position to do the same, and they will need to if they want to keep shocking teams like they did on Sunday. The Bills are one of the best teams in the NFL and they had a top-three run defense entering Sunday’s game. If Taylor and the Colts can run wild like that on Buffalo, they can do it and win against any team in the NFL.