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Colts RB Jonathan Taylor reaches historic feat that not even Walter Payton, Barry Sanders achieved

Jonathan Taylor, Colts

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor continues to bolster his resume for the 2021 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.

After an underwhelming performance in the Colts’ Week 12 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Taylor bounced back in convincing fashion against the Houston Texans. The second-year running back finished with 143 rushing yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns as the Colts cruised to a 31-0 win to clinch the season sweep over Houston.

Taylor opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 1-yard rushing touchdown. This score for the Colts provided them with the lead for good in the contest.

This touchdown for Taylor was also quite a historic one, as the former Wisconsin Badgers star extended his rushing touchdown streak to an astounding 10 games. He became the fifth player in NFL history to log a rushing touchdown streak of at least 10 games in a single season, which include the likes of Hall of Fame running backs LaDainian Tomlinson (12 in 2004) and Emmitt Smith (11 in 1995).

This streak is an impressive one for Taylor, considering that the likes of Walter Payton and Barry Sanders were never able to achieve this feat over their storied careers.

Overall, Taylor has now recorded 18 total touchdowns in the season, which leads the NFL.

Taylor is making a good case to not only be a serious contender for this year’s NFL Offensive Player of the Year honor, but also for the 2021 NFL MVP award.