NFL Week 11: Taylor Helps Colts Crush Bills, Surprise Upsets, Pats Take AFC East Lead

Jonathan Grant | November 22nd, 2021

There had been signs of this for the past few weeks, but Sunday made it official. The NFL has a new running back star, and his name is Jonathan Taylor. The Indianapolis Colts had been getting show fine showings from him recently, but his outing this weekend was among the very best single-player performances we’ve seen this season. The Colts have had issues hanging onto leads this year, but that disappeared as they just kept giving Taylor the ball in a 41-15 hammering of the Buffalo Bills. Taylor finished the contest with 185 yards on the ground (just over 200 all-purpose yards as well) and had five total touchdowns in the display.

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The defense also forced four turnovers, aiding in Colt’s climbing to 6-5 while relegating the Bills, a team thought to be a contender, to 6-4. Elsewhere, surprise upsets were being sprung. One of them took place as the Green Bay Packers, who saw QB Aaron Rodgers end up with an injured toe, fell 34-31 to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings, who got two TD’s and 169 receiving yards from wide receiver Justin Jefferson, led 23-10 by the middle of the third, but still needed a last-second Greg Joseph field goal to seal their win and pull them up to 5-5 while consigning the Packers to 8-3. The other upset to make mention of was the Houston Texans downing the Tennessee Titans 22-13. The Texans hadn’t won any of their last eight and the Titans were riding high having won six in a row, but the Houston defense was tremendous in forcing five turnovers, four of which were interceptions of Ryan Tannehill. Tyrod Taylor scored twice on rushing TD’s and they somehow figured out a way to win despite just 190 yards of offensive production. And finally, the New England Patriots have to be pointed out as they took the AFC East lead following Week 11. Having started 2-4 in the first six, they are now on top of the division thanks to their winning run- powered by their defense- and the losing run of those in the division around them.

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