The Indianapolis Colts put a beatdown on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15, and it provided Frank Gore an opportunity to pad his season and career rushing totals. Gore rushed 26 times for 101 yards in the 34-6 win. He now has 891 rushing yards on the season, and 12,931 yards for his career.
Gore and the Colts travel west to face the Oakland Raiders on Christmas Eve. The Raiders shut down Kenneth Farrow, holding the Chargers running back to 39 yards on 15 carries. Backup Ronnie Hillman rushed for 34 yards on seven carries. They combined for 73 yards, averaging 3.3 yards per carry.
The Raiders run defense has been less than stellar this season, and considering what Gore was able to do against a normally stout Vikings defense, he could put together a solid day in Oakland. He needs 109 yards over these final two games to become the oldest player to reach 1,000 yards rushing since John Riggins rushed for 1,239 yards in his age 35 season.
Gore needs 69 yards to reach 13,000 yards for his career. Gore is currently 328 yards back of Eric Dickerson for No. 7 all-time on the rushing leaderboard. A strong finish to this season puts him in a strong position to move past Dickerson early in the 2017 season.
Here’s Gore talking to his teammates after the team’s Week 15 win.