The Colts appear to have found a viable running back. Zack Moss, making his 2023 debut, punched out 88 yards and a touchdown against the Texans today, helping Indianapolis to its first win.
The Colts in the preseason and in their opener appeared likely to use more of a committee approach, with Deon Jackson and Evan Hull involved. (Moss, with a broken hand, didn’t play in August or in Week 1.)
We all, apparently, should have paid more attention to the end of last season. The Colts (with a different coaching staff) featured Moss in their last four games, and he averaged 84 yards in those games. In Weeks 15-18 last year, only six players ran for more yards.
|LEADING RUSHERS (Weeks 15-18, 2022)|
|Tyler Allgeier, Atl.||4||79||431||5.5||2|
|Cam Akers, LAR||4||75||410||5.5||3|
|Kenneth Walker, Sea.||4||90||401||4.5||0|
|Nick Chubb, Cle.||4||71||372||5.2||0|
|Alvin Kamara, N.O.||4||80||347||4.3||1|
|Derrick Henry, Ten.||3||74||339||4.6||2|
|Zack Moss, Ind.||4||69||334||4.8||1|
|Najee Harris, Pitt.||4||85||330||3.9||2|
|Latavius Murray, Den.||4||59||323||5.5||2|
|Christian McCaffrey, S.F.||4||70||320||4.6||3|
|Travis Etienne, Jac.||4||57||311||5.5||1|
|Rhamondre Stevenson, N.E.||4||46||298||6.5||1|
|Austin Ekeler, LAC||4||51||281||5.5||5|
|Raheem Mostert, Mia.||4||45||281||6.2||0|
|J.K. Dobbins, Balt.||3||42||277||6.6||0|
|D'Onta Foreman, Car.||4||56||277||4.9||1|
|Aaron Jones, G.B.||4||49||274||5.6||0|
|Jamaal Williams, Det.||4||58||260||4.5||3|
|Josh Jacobs, L.V.||4||71||251||3.5||1|
|Isiah Pacheco, K.C.||4||46||239||5.2||2|
Statistics compiled using search tools at Pro-Football-Reference.com
Moss’s production today was right in line with what he was doing in those final games: 18 carries for 88 yards. The Texans probably will wind up being below-average run defense, but a good day for Moss.
The game also gives the team some leverage over Jonathan Taylor (who’s eligible to return off PUP in Week 5 but is looking for a new contract). If Moss is running for 80-plus yards per week, the team won’t be too worried about Taylor not being around.