3 things that can cost Colts a playoff appearance in 2022 season
Reason No. 3: The Colts run through Jonathan Taylor
Before you come at me in my Twitter DMs, hear me out. The Colts have been successful in games because of players like Jonathan Taylor. Like the Titans, one player is carrying an entire team.
How did it work out for the Titans when Henry wasn’t in the game though? Yes, the Titans managed to get a top seed, but what did they do when it mattered the most? Lost in their first game of the playoffs.
With Taylor being on a record watch this year, this could end up being a demise for the Colts this season. Teams are going to be better equipped at stopping the run or at least they are going to be more focused to do so.
Will Matt Ryan be able to air it out 40 times a game if Taylor can’t get started and change the pace of a game? Ryan is entering his 15th season and has only missed three games in his NFL career. There is a lot of mileage on his arm.
With an increased offensive presence with the AFC foes, the Colts’ offense will be forced to score a lot to stay in games. Indy’s defense can be a top-five unit this year, but we see what happens late in the game when the offense can’t get moving.
If the Colts remain patient, there should be no problems. But if Frank Reich sees something isn’t working out and knows this may be his last shot in Indy, will he change the game plan and move the ball out of Taylor’s hand?
JT is a great player, and sometimes, that is a gift to an organization, but also a detriment.