Can Zack Moss boost Colts run game in Week 2 matchup against the Texans?

Running back Zack Moss is close to returning for the Indianapolis Colts, and Indy needs him to be a productive boost to the run game.
Jan 8, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Zack Moss (21) runs the
Jan 8, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Zack Moss (21) runs the / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

After the poor performance by the running backs of the Indianapolis Colts in the team’s Week 1 loss, fans were clamoring for Indy to just pay Jonathan Taylor. However, even if Taylor’s relationship with the team is mended, he’s out until at least Week 5, because he’s on the PUP list. So he won’t be coming back anytime soon. Zack Moss, on the other hand, will be.

Moss, who’s actually the RB2 for the Colts, is penciled in as the starter while Taylor is out. Unfortunately, a broken arm early in training camp led to Moss missing all of the preseason and Week 1. The good news is that he’s back on the field, having a full practice on Wednesday. The Colts haven’t announced whether or not Moss will play on Sunday yet, but it seems like he’ll be out there if he finishes this week of practice without a setback.

Indianapolis and the fans certainly have to be hoping that he is able to go on Sunday. While he’s not Jonathan Taylor, he is the next best running back on the team, and he’s previously had success against the Houston Texans.

Can Zack Moss pick up where he left off against the Texans?

In eight games with the Colts last season, Zack Moss carried the ball 76 times for 365 yards and one touchdown. The bulk of that production came against Houston. In Week 18 against the Texans, with draft positioning on the line, Moss got the start, and ran the ball 18 times for 114 yards and one touchdown. Indy lost the game (though, that ultimately helped land Anthony Richardson), but Moss was an extremely productive running back.

He was powerful, running hard through the Texans defense. If he and the offensive line can recreate that on Sunday, with another solid performance from Anthony Richardson, the Colts should be able to handle this young Houston Texans team. However, if Moss is unable to play, or looks mediocre, the desire for Indy to figure things out with Jonathan Taylor will grow even stronger as everyone awaits Week 5.