INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts have waited four long years for a prime time game.
They’ve waited even longer for a win.
Indianapolis made sure the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd got what it wanted, fighting off any hangover left over from Sunday’s disheartening loss to the Titans by rolling through the hapless New York Jets for a 45-30 win. It gets the Colts back on track heading into their first mini-bye of the season, a 10-day break before the Nov. 14 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Colts (4-5) still have a lot of work to do to get back into the AFC playoff picture, but a loss would have crushed those hopes.
Indianapolis Colts teammates celebrate with Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (21) after he scored a touchdown Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, during a game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Pound for pound, the Colts have to have the fastest running back tandem in the NFL.
Taylor ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. Hines ran it in 4.38, albeit at 28 pounds lighter than his future teammate. Both men are former track stars.
Indianapolis liked the matchup of its offensive line against New York’s defensive line, decided to ride its horses and the Taylor-Hines combination spent most of the game making the Jets defense look like a bunch of plodding Clydesdales.
Hines, who hasn’t always been as effective as a runner as he’s been a receiver in his career, got it started, breaking free over the left side and running away with a 34-yard touchdown on the Colts’ first drive for the longest run of his NFL career. Used as a change of pace to Taylor all night, he’d add an 11-yard carry and a 25-yard carry, finishing with 74 yards on six rushes and four catches for 34 yards.
But he was just setting the table for Taylor, who is staking his claim as one of the best backs in the league in just his second season in the NFL. Taylor tore through the Jets defense, bursting through the left side…