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

ESPN -- Rank: 13

It's no surprise that the Colts are ranked in the top 10 offensively, especially with MVP contender Jonathan Taylor at running back. The true test over the season's stretch run will be on the defensive side of the ball, because the Colts will be tested by the Patriots, Cardinals and Raiders in their next three contests. The Patriots and Cardinals are on top of their respective divisions, while the Raiders are trying to remain in the playoff hunt in the AFC. -- Mike Wells

NFL.com -- Rank: 8

The Colts enjoyed the advantage of a late bye and now have everything in front of them, with back-to-back matchups against the Patriots and Cardinals. Those two teams have a combined record of 19-7, and Indianapolis has a chance to stamp itself as a legit Super Bowl contender in the most crucial two-week stretch of its season. Much has been made about the Colts' poor record against quality opponents, but their last three losses -- to the Ravens, Titans and Bucs -- were all games in which Indy led or was tied in the fourth quarter. If the Colts learn how to close out games, there is no ceiling on their season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

They are firmly in the playoff chase, but they come off the bye with a home game against the Patriots. That's a proving-ground game for this team.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

Out of the playoffs prior to their bye week, they're now the AFC's No. 6 seed. This in-season "Hard Knocks" gig really seems to be working well for Indianapolis.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

Worst-case scenario: Carson Wentz's season takes a bad turn in the final four games, costing the Colts a playoff spot. Wentz also could play enough offensive snaps to force the Colts to send the Eagles a 2022 first-round pick instead of a 2022 second, per the conditions of the quarterback's trade. After stumbling to a 1-4 start, and with their next two games against the Patriots and Cardinals, there's a 37.7 percent chance the Colts don't make the postseason, according to The Athletic's projections. But it seems less likely the Colts end the season underwhelmed with Wentz, who has been in position to succeed in Indy. Since starting 1-4, the Colts rank first in points per drive.

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