Rested Colts looking to run against Lions

The Indianapolis Colts hope that their bye week gave them enough time to fix their running game.The Colts carried a 4-2 record into their off week despite averaging an NFL-low 3.6 yards per carry. They’re also in the bottom five in the league in rushing yards per game at 98.0.A sound ground attack would boost their chances at Detroit on Sunday.”No question, this is our identity. We are committed to the run,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said. “Now, we have not been committed to the run as much as we would’ve liked to. That’s who we want to be. We want to run the football.”In their last game, Philip Rivers came to the rescue. The 38-year-old quarterback passed for 371 yards in a 31-27 win over Cincinnati. The Colts don’t want to put Rivers in that situation on a regular basis.Rookie running back Jonathan Taylor is the key to the running game. Taylor has not rushed for more than 68 yards the past four games but perhaps he’s not getting enough carries. He’s averaging 13.5 carries during that stretch and has averaged at least 4.0 yards in each of those contests.”He’s done everything that he needs to do,” Indianapolis running backs coach Tom Rathman said. “It’s just about getting experience. The more he gets, the better he’s going to be.”The Colts are entering a tough portion of their schedule. Their November schedule also includes matchups against Baltimore, Green Bay and Tennessee (twice).Detroit (3-3) has evened its record by capturing two road victories since its bye week. The Lions escaped with a 23-22 win over Atlanta on Sunday as quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with tight end T.J. Hockenson on a 11-yard scoring pass with the clock expiring.The subsequent extra point finished off the comeback after the Falcons had taken the lead with 1:12 remaining. Falcons running back Todd Gurley wound up regretting scoring the go-ahead touchdown rather than falling shy of the goal line and running down the clock to set up a chip-shot field goal.

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