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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Indianapolis Colts

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Indianapolis Colts rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Biggest surprise: The number of injuries to key players

Why it's a surprise: Carson Wentz has no idea what it's like to play behind the projected starting offensive line because the group has dealt with injuries. Right tackle Braden Smith continues to be out with a foot injury, left guard Quenton Nelson is on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain and left tackle Eric Fisher missed the first game of the season while continuing his recovery from an Achilles injury. And that's just the start. Receiver T.Y. Hilton is on the IR with a disc injury. Starting safety Khari Willis, pass-rusher Kwity Paye and cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Rock Ya-Sin have all missed games with injuries, too. Injuries are part of the game, but the Colts have been ravaged with them through the first four weeks. -- Mike Wells

NFL.com -- Rank: 21

It's a start. The Colts went down to Miami for a must-win Week 4 contest and got the job done with a 27-17 victory over the Dolphins. Indy was the superior team in all three phases and got breakout games from Jonathan Taylor (103 yards, TD) and tight end Mo Alie-Cox (two touchdowns). Carson Wentz displayed improved mobility two weeks removed from his double ankle sprain, providing hope that Indy can dig itself out of an 0-3 hole. It helps that the Colts play in the AFC South: As Indy found its way into the win column on Sunday, the Titans were falling on their face against the Jets. The division remains there for the taking ... Who wants it?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

Winning at Miami was a must for this team with their brutal schedule coming up. The defense came up big, showing well for the first time this season.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

All-Pro G Quenton Nelson goes on the shelf with a high ankle sprain, and Indianapolis responds with its most rushing yards and points of the 2021 season. Of course.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

The Colts got their first win and finally saw some consistently good play from quarterback Carson Wentz. And thanks to the Titans' loss to the Jets, the Colts are still in the AFC South race. One win against a bad Dolphins team shouldn't make any of us forget the problems that led to Indy's 0-3 start, but for the first time in weeks, at least the Colts can have hope this season won't be lost by Halloween.

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