The Indianapolis Colts are 0-2 and struggling to get on track with Andrew Luck sidelined, but they did give the Arizona Cardinals all they could handle in Week 2. and more importantly for our purposes, running back Frank Gore added another historic marker to his case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Gore finished the game with 46 rushing yards and a touchdown. The rushing yards moved him to within 106 of Eric Dickerson for No. 7 on the all-time leader board. The touchdown was No. 75 of his career, which moved him into a tie with Clinton Portis for No. 23 all time. Marshawn Lynch also had a rushing touchdown and is tied with them.
For Gore, it makes him just the sixth player in NFL history with 75 over more rushing touchdowns and 15 or more receiving touchdowns in his career. The other five players are Jim Brown, Walter Payton, LaDanian Tomlinson, Marshall Faulk, and Marcus Allen. All five are currently in the Hall of Fame.
Gore currently has 13,153 rushing yards for his career. Dickerson has 13,259, followed by Jerome Bettis with 13,662 yards, Tomlinson with 13,684 yards, and Curtis Martin with 14,101 yards. Gore has a realistic chance at catching up to Tomlinson, and settling in at No. 5 by the end of the season. He could reach Martin as well, but it would require some strong performances in the coming weeks. He’s going to face a whole lot of eight man boxes until Jacoby Brissett can prove to be a consistent option in the passing game.