NFL Week 11 grades: Colts get an ‘A+’ for upset win over Bills, Titans get a ‘D-‘ for shocking loss to Texans

When you don’t play quarterback, it’s not easy to get yourself inserted into the MVP conversation, but Jonathan Taylor might have actually done that after what he did in Buffalo on Sunday. 

In what was arguably the most impressive performance by any player this year, Taylor totaled 204 yards while scoring a total of five touchdowns in the Colts’ dominating 41-15 win over the Bills. 

Taylor’s performance was even more impressive because he did it against a Bills defense that was surrendering just 89.3 rushing yards per game going into Week 11, which was the best mark in the AFC and third-best in the NFL. There was no reason to think the Colts were going to total more than 260 yards on the ground, but that’s exactly what they did and most of it came courtesy of Taylor, who simply couldn’t be stopped. 

On the Colts opening drive alone, Taylor carried the ball six times for 35 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown, and that was a sign of things to come on the day. 

That score kickstarted a day that ended with him rushing for 185 yards. Every time the Colts got near the end zone, they called Taylor’s number and every time they called, he answered. Not only did he have four rushing touchdowns, but he also added a 23-yard touchdown catch. 

The five touchdowns by Taylor was even more impressive when you consider that the Bills had only surrendered five total touchdowns to running backs all season before Sunday.  With his five scores, Taylor became the first player in Colts history to score five touchdowns, which is almost unbelievable when you consider that he plays for an organization that’s had guys like Edgerrin James, Marshall Faulk, Eric Dickerson and Marvin Harrison walk through its doors. 

Taylor now has eight straight games with at least one touchdown and 100 or more scrimmage yards, which makes him just the second player since 1950 to pull that off. The only other player to do…


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