Jonathan Taylor carries the Indianapolis Colts to disrupt the Bills with 5 touchdowns

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – Not only did Jonathan Taylor lead the Indianapolis Colts back into the thick AFC playoff race – he probably carried himself into the MVP race as well.

Taylor had a career-high 32 carries for 185 yards, and he became just the 18th player in NFL history to score five touchdowns in the Colts’ convincing 41-15 victory over the Buffalo Bills Sunday. The Colts started the season 1-4, but they have since won five of their last six games to move over .500 for the first time this season.

The 185 yards moved Taylor to the top of the NFL’s rushing leaderboard (1,122 yards) ahead of Tennessee’s Derrick Henry. Taylor can stay on top for the rest of the season, especially with the possibility that Henry is out the rest of the year with a foot injury.

Taylor is the third-youngest player to have five touchdowns in a game and the third to get all five in just three quarters.

Colts coach Frank Reich said earlier this season that Taylor has reached the point where he deserves at least 20 carrys a game. Taylor has topped 20 carries in a match only twice this season, both coming in the last two games.

The lack of Taylor getting overworked pays off because the Colts can lean even more on him.

“I mean, he certainly does not feel beaten and beaten,” Reich said last week. “Looks just as strong, if not stronger. It’s an honor for him – his mindset, the way he works, the state he is in and maintains. I’m sure he’s going to get stronger … He is a unique athlete.

“We hope we can just continue to build that workload as in athletics. Really have another half year that is stronger and faster than the first half year of the year. That would be the goal.”

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