Top Rushing Matchups Week 6

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Rushing Matchups for Week 6

TOP RUSHING MATCHUPS

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Indianapolis vs Cincinnati

Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor has looked sharp to start his NFL career, serving as the clear lead rusher as he has led the Colts in rushing attempts week in and week out. Taylor hasn’t had top-notch efficiency with just 3.8 yards per rush attempt, but he has scored in three of the last four weeks and saw a nice ceiling of 26 carries against the Vikings in Week 2. Nyheim Hines remains involved both on the ground and through the air, but his role as third-down back should not challenge Taylor’s involvement on the ground and around the goal line--especially considering Taylor is averaging four red-zone looks per game. The offensive line for Indianapolis is typically as strong as they come, but the status of starting left tackle Anthony Castonzo remains in question after he missed Week 5 with a rib injury. Backup LeRaven Clark did a decent job in run blocking as the replacement last week and should play well enough to keep this line clearly above average should Castonzo miss this week.

The case for why the Bengals run defense remains a unit to target was strengthened in Week 5 after two more injuries to their defensive line. The most notable loss includes their top offseason addition, defensive tackle D.J. Reader, who was lost for the season with a quad injury. Reader marks the fourth defensive tackle to be lost for the Bengals, and he leaves behind an absolute dearth of talent on this interior beyond veteran Geno Atkins--who made his season debut last week but did not play a single snap against the run. The other notable injury to this defensive line includes defensive end Sam Hubbard, who left last week’s game early with an elbow injury and is expected to miss time. With an already weak linebacker group and this patchwork defensive line squaring off against a top-notch Colts offensive line, expect the Colts rushing offense to find plenty of room to run on Sunday

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