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

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Person on the hot seat: K Rodrigo Blankenship

Blankenship's seat has been warm since he missed a field goal in a three-point playoff loss to Buffalo to cap off a rookie season in which he lacked consistency (five missed field goals and two missed extra points). The Colts made it clear that Blankenship didn't have the job locked up when they signed veteran Eddy Pineiro to compete with him during the offseason. -- Mike Wells

NFL.com -- Rank: 16

The Colts should have both Carson Wentz and Quenton Nelson on the field for Week 1 against the Seahawks, but it's fair to wonder if this Indy team will be ready to roll when the games count. Injuries have kept Frank Reich's offense from getting valuable and necessary reps ahead of the opener, making it possible -- probable, even -- that the Colts' offense will have a work-in-progress feel in the initial weeks of the season. Compounding matters is a very difficult first half to their schedule that could put the team in a hole ... perhaps a deep one. The good news? The Colts play in the AFC South, which should give them the opportunity to survive a possible stumble out of the gates.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

Carson Wentz is the big question mark here. He has to stay healthy, but even then there are those who wonder if he's the guy. The young defense will have to carry this team early in the season.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

Pretty disastrous preseason for a team trying to break in a new quarterback, whose susceptibility to injury and reluctance to be vaccinated left offense spinning its wheels in August and staring down the barrel of what could be a brutal start giving Indianapolis' early schedule.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

Why they're ranked here: The Colts fell three spots, from No. 10 to No. 13, since our pre-training camp rankings, and that really isn't a surprise. Who had a more tumultuous preseason than Indianapolis? Starting quarterback Carson Wentz and star guard Quenton Nelson both had surgeries for foot injuries (but have since returned to practice). The Colts also lost No. 1 receiver T.Y. Hilton indefinitely to a neck injury and rookie backup QB Sam Ehlinger to a knee injury. Plus, Indy has as many (or more) COVID-19 questions as any team in the league. Whew.

One big question: What will we see from Wentz? The preseason gave us no answers, because of the month or so Wentz was sidelined with the foot injury, and the five days he spent on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a high-risk close contact (Wentz is unvaccinated). So when the Colts open against the Seahawks this week, it'll be the first time we've seen him in any real action since the unceremonious end to his tenure in Philadelphia.

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