NFL: Colts playoff run is Taylor-made
Jonathan Taylor became just the 18th player in NFL history to score five touchdowns in a game as the Indianapolis Colts continued their resurgence into playoff contention with a blowout win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The Colts, who are 400/1 to win Super Bowl LVI, have now won five of their last six - but Sunday's demolition of one of the AFC's top teams in their own stadium was a real statement victory.
Taylor stakes MVP claim
Taylor vaulted into the thick of the MVP race with his stellar performance, rushing for 185 yards on a career-high 32 carries in addition to the five scores.
The yardage took him to the top of the NFL's rushing leaderboard at 1,122 yards and within a handful of surpassing his rookie total when he finished third in the league.
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Hines impressed with Taylor display
"He's sending a message to the league," fellow Colts running back Nyheim Hines said after the game, via ESPN.
"It's been amazing watching him play. Great to watch him finish runs and make people miss. He's a complete back ... If there's any skill position [for MVP], Jonathan Taylor needs to be in it. Him and [Los Angeles Rams receiver] Cooper Kupp. JT is the first in line for a non-quarterback player."
The Colts were nowhere in the playoff race after starting the season 1-4, but have the momentum of a three-game winning streak to take forward to next week's matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.