Taylor scored 5 points. The Colts beat the Bills 41-15
Orchard Park, New York Head coach Frank Reich and the Indianapolis Colts have discovered an easy solution to their problems keeping the fourth-quarter lead: keep feeding the ball to Jonathan Taylor.
He set a record second year for the franchise by scoring five times, and led the NFL in both arenas of rushes and touchdowns, in a 41-15 defeat of the Buffalo Bills breakup on Sunday.
When JT turned on the Jets, he was gone,” Mo Alie-Cox said of Taylor, who scored at 1, 2, 3 and 10 yards and received 23 yards. “Like playing on the line, I stop him and just turn my head and see him fly through the air like a superhero.”
All that was missing was a robe for Taylor, who scored three times in the first half as Indy took a 24-7 lead and finished off with a season-best 185-yard sprint.
The Colts (6-5) won five out of six to return to the Asian Football Qualifiers. Taylor helped ease the concerns of a team that has missed out three times in the fourth quarter this season.
“It means a lot. I mean, this is something we have to do if we want to get to where we want to go at the end of the year,” Taylor said. “We will be able to postpone the matches in the fourth quarter, we will have to raise the points.”
Taylor became the first NFL player to score five points in a single game since New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara ran six TDs in a 52-33 win over Minnesota last Christmas Day, and the first to do so against Buffalo.
Bills (6-4) gave up his lead on the East Asian summit, trailing by half a game – guess who? New England, which Buffalo will play twice over the next five weeks. Buffalo has dropped three of five, and has not won consecutive games since the round ended 4-0 with a 34-31 loss in Tennessee on October 18.
Buffalo was undone by four turns, the first three landing the Colts.
said Josh Allen, who threw two touchdown passes, both to Stefon Diggs, and two interceptions. “We need to do better on all fronts. There is no way around that, but at the same time, this is not a panic situation.”
If not now, maybe soon. Buffalo has a short week before traveling to play New Orleans on Thursday night.
Buffalo has been flat from the start on Sunday. After restricting opponents to two field goals in the first quarter through their first nine games, the Biles ceded two touchdowns to Taylor in the first 13:22.
Bottom then fell in the second quarter after Michael Badgley capped a 15-play, 58-yard field goal with a 36-yard field goal to put the Colts at 17-7 with 2:12 left before halftime. Isaiah Mackenzie sent the kick-off that followed and lost the ball untouched while stumbling on the field at 13 Buffalo. Taylor scored in the next game by diving over a pile.
The win was emotional for Reich, who has plenty of memories – good and bad – at Buffalo.
Last season for the Colts ended with a 27-24 loss to the Bills in a playoff on wild cards. Sunday’s indy 41 points matched the Bills’ total in their 41-38 win over the Houston Oilers 29 years ago — as Reich led the quarterback’s run from a 32-point deficit, the biggest comeback in NFL history.
“What is the correct word, coincidence or whatever?” Reich said. “Every player and every coach has certain matches that mean more to them. It means a little more to me.”
Taylor has had 1,122 yards running this season after starting the day with a league lead with injured Derek Henry of Tennessee. He brought his points total to 14, ahead of James Conner of Arizona, who started the day with 12.
Taylor topped 100 yards from the scrimmage and scored for the eighth consecutive game, matching the NFL record set by Lydell Mitchell of the Colts in the 1975-76 seasons and being matched by Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006.
Allen finished 21 of 35 for 200 yards. …Allen’s record dropped to 17-17, including 0-2 in postseason, in matches when he had scored a turnover. … The Colts extended their game series with takeaway to 12, which began the week tied with the New York Giants for the longest active streak in the NFL. …with Bills backup Mitchell Trubisky also throwing an interception, Indianapolis improved their spin teams to plus-15 and took the NFL lead from Buffalo, who failed to enforce the takeaway and had their differential drop to plus-10. …Bills as Tyler Bass missed my two field shots. He hit the right upright from 57 yards to close out the first inning and was left wide on a 49-yard attempt.
The Colts: Super Bowl champions hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday.
Billing: In New Orleans on Thursday night.
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