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.4794315.52
Cam Akers, LAR4754105.53
Kenneth Walker, Sea.4904014.50
Nick Chubb, Cle.4713725.20
Alvin Kamara, N.O.4803474.31
Derrick Henry, Ten.3743394.62
Zack Moss, Ind.4693344.81
Najee Harris, Pitt.4853303.92
Latavius Murray, Den.4593235.52
Christian McCaffrey, S.F.4703204.63
Travis Etienne, Jac.4573115.51
Rhamondre Stevenson, N.E.4462986.51
Austin Ekeler, LAC4512815.55
Raheem Mostert, Mia.4452816.20
J.K. Dobbins, Balt.3422776.60
D'Onta Foreman, Car.4562774.91
Aaron Jones, G.B.4492745.60
Jamaal Williams, Det.4582604.53
Josh Jacobs, L.V.4712513.51
Isiah Pacheco, K.C.4462395.22

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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.

—Ian Allan