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Jonathan Taylor Could Make History in Tough Matchup Sunday

Colts running back Jonathan Taylor could make history with a big game in a tough matchup against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Indianapolis Colts second-year running back Jonathan Taylor is having a sensational season.

Currently leading the NFL in rushing yards (1,122), rushing touchdowns (13), and total touchdowns (15), he's already had one of the most memorable seasons by a Colts running back in recent memory.

Taylor has reached several milestones along the way through 11 games but he could achieve another huge accomplishment this Sunday at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12.

Taylor currently has eight straight games with 100 yards from scrimmage and a rushing touchdown, becoming just the third player in NFL history to do so. However, if he does it again on Sunday then he'll be the first to do it in nine consecutive games.

Last week in the Colts' win over the Buffalo Bills, Taylor had an enormous performance, totaling 204 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns. He became the first player in NFL history to record at least 175 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, and one touchdown reception in a single game.

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Taylor joined Hall-of-Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (2006) and Lydell Mitchell (1975-76) as the only players to reach 100 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Taylor and Tomlinson are the only ones to ever do it in a single season.

This will be no easy task for Taylor on Sunday as the Buccaneers defense ranks tops in the NFL against the run in yards per game allowed (78.4 avg.) and second in yards per carry (3.8 avg.). They are also tied for the third-fewest touchdown runs allowed (6).

Per NFL Communications, "Sunday’s matchup will mark the fifth game since 2000 featuring the league’s leading rusher against the league’s top rushing defense in Week 12 or later."

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