Colts’ Jonathan Taylor sets franchise record in five touchdown performance against Bills

Colts’ Jonathan Taylor sets franchise record in five touchdown performance against Buffalo Bills Former Wisconsin running back had 237 total yards in 55-10 rout

Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor had 237 total yards and five touchdowns as he broke his own franchise record on his way to a 55-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.

Taylor gave the Colts the lead for good early in the second quarter with a 25-yard run, and he quickly made it 27-3. He finished with 119 yards rushing on nine carries and scored on four rushing touchdowns, including the first two of his career, and added 86 yards receiving on three catches.

Taylor broke the franchise’s rushing mark of 233 yards on James Starks in 2015. His 5.3 yards per carry broke the franchise record of 5.3 yards set by Hall of Famer John Riggins in 1970. It was the first time a Colts rookie running back had a five-touchdown game since Riggins in 1972.

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The NFL all-time leading rusher in NFL history, Eric Dickerson, had one NFL rushing touchdown with the Los Angeles Rams in 1983. Taylor set a franchise record for all-purpose yards with 348.

The Bills scored a touchdown in the third quarter to reach 27-10, the first time the Colts allowed a score in the second half. Buffalo (0-1) lost without quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who missed the game with a knee injury.

Colts backup quarterback Scott Tolzien passed for 95 yards.

Andrew Luck played in his first preseason game in four years, and threw a touchdown pass to Chester Rogers. He completed six of 10 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown in the first half. The first-team offence did not take a snap in the second half.

Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts was able to return to action for the first time in four years. Photograph: Michael Dwyer/AP

Panthers 21, Falcons 20

Cam Newton looked rusty as the Carolina Panthers suffered a 21-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Carolina on Monday night.

Newton, the Panthers’ first-round pick in 2011, is returning from shoulder surgery that shelved him most of last season. Newton drove the Panthers inside the Falcons 5-yard line late in the game, but he was sacked on fourth down to end the Panthers’ last chance. He was 7-of-15 passing for 70 yards, but his longest completion went for only 16 yards.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 16-of-24 for 172 yards and one touchdown. Atlanta’s Mohamed Sanu caught four passes for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Jaguars 12, Steelers 7

Blake Bortles won the battle of rookie quarterbacks in Pittsburgh and the Jacksonville Jaguars held on for a 12-7 victory over the Steelers on Monday night. Bortles completed 22 of 29 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. He was not sacked. Ben Roethlisberger started his second preseason game for the Steelers and was 11-of-18 for 154 yards and no touchdowns.

Miami Dolphins 20, Lions 6

Matt Moore threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills, Kenyan Drake ran for a touchdown and Miami’s backups scored all their points in the first half of a 20-6 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

The Dolphins’ first-team offense scored for the third straight game. Detroit was held scoreless in the second half.

Meanwhile, Lions safety Glover Quin got kicked in the mouth on a post-play penalty in the first quarter and left the game with a gash. Both teams have 20 players at more than one position. Two Lions starters – wide receiver Golden Tate and guard Graham Glasgow – left in the first half with injuries.

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