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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 18 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

New Year's resolution: Make Carson Wentz more consistent

The Colts should be thankful that they have the NFL's leading rusher in Jonathan Taylor (1,734 yards) because he is a major reason they are a win from making the playoffs. Wentz, whom the Colts gave up a first-round pick to acquire from Philadelphia last offseason, has lacked the steadiness to show they can win with him long term. Wentz looked great in the fourth quarter against Arizona on Christmas night but has issues with overthrows and is too often taking risks that still cause uneasiness. -- Mike Wells

NFL.com -- Rank: 11

A change in the NFL's COVID-19 protocols last week allowed Carson Wentz to play on Sunday against the Raiders, but the quarterback wasn't much of a help to his team in a disappointing last-second loss. Wentz delivered an uneven performance that once again leaves questions about how much Indy can trust its passer in the crucible of the playoffs. The Colts need to get there first, of course: Their simplest route is with a win in Jacksonville. Potentially disturbing fun fact: The Colts haven't won a road game against the Jaguars in more than seven years.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

Losing at home to the Raiders is not a good look for a team that was riding high after two impressive victories. Carson Wentz wasn't good enough.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

RB Jonathan Taylor's remarkable season continues as he's now displaced Hall of Famer Edgerrin James with the most rushing yards (1,734) in one season in franchise history and Hall of Famer Lenny Moore for the most TDs (20) in any Colts campaign.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Future MVP: We're not going to overthink this one. It's Jonathan Taylor. Taylor almost certainly won't win the NFL's MVP award, but there's no questioning his value to the Colts. Taylor has been the league's best running back this season, by a large margin, and we'll just assume the Colts will need him to help overcome shaky quarterback play again in 2022.

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