Orchard Park, NY – Jonathan Taylor set a franchise record by scoring five times and leading the NFL in rush and touchdowns on both yards by unraveling the Indianapolis Colts’ 41-15 Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Taylor scored three times, including a 23-yard catch in the first half, and New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara became the NFL’s first player with five TDs in a game as he had six TDs in a 52-33 win over Minnesota. Christmas Day.
The Bills (6-4) gave up their lead in the AFC East, falling behind half-game – guess who? – New England, Buffalo will play twice in the next five weeks.
Taylor finished the season-high with 185 yards rush and four touchdowns and has 1,122 yards this season after starting the day for a league lead with Tennessee’s injured Derrick Henry. Taylor had 14 touchdowns this season, moving ahead of Arizona’s James Connor, who started the day with 12.
Taylor topped 100 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown for the eighth consecutive game, setting the NFL’s longest running back in the 1975-76 season with Lydell Mitchell and LaDain Tomlinson in 2006.
The Colts (6-5) continued their roll by improving to 5-1 in their previous six games.
Indianapolis had two losses to AFC South rival Tennessee over opponents who made the playoffs last year.
The Bills dropped three out of five – including a 9-6 loss to Jacksonville two weeks ago – and haven’t won consecutive games since a 4-0 run ended Oct. 18 in a 34-31 loss to Tennessee.
The Colts had four takeaways and benefited from scoring two of them to build a 24-7 lead in the first half of last season’s wild-card playoff game, which Buffalo won 27-24.
Buffalo was flat from the beginning. After limiting opponents to two field goals in the first quarter through their first nine games, the Bills gave up two touchdowns to Taylor in the first 13:22.
The bottom fell to Buffalo after Michael Badgley capped a 15-play, 58-yard drive with a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter and the Colts outscored the Colts 17-7 in the second quarter. McKenzie fielded in the ensuing kickoff, and lost to the Buffalo 13 without touching the ball while stumbling to the turf.
TJ scooped the carry fumble and returned it to the Buffaloes 2. Taylor scored the next goal by diving over the pile.
Allen completed 21 of 35 for 200 yards with two touchdowns, both for Stephen Diggs and two interceptions.