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:
- Average ranking: 20.0 (20th)
- Best ranking: 17th (CBS Sports)
- Worst ranking: 22nd (Multiple)
Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 22
The uncertainty surrounding the health of key players such as Carson Wentz, T.Y. Hilton, Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith combined with not having a substantial victory over a playoff-caliber team -- Miami and Houston are a combined 2-10 this season -- caused the rating to drop. But Indianapolis is starting to get healthy, and it'll have an opportunity to rack up significant victories in the next two games against San Francisco and Tennessee. -- Mike Wells
NFL.com -- Rank: 18
The Colts buried the pain of Week 5's Monday night collapse and took out their aggression on the poor Texans, who were pummeled in Indy's 31-3 win at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts rode to victory on impact performances by their best players. Carson Wentz played within himself and connected on downfield throws like he was on the 2017 Eagles. Jonathan Taylor continued his recent rampage with a monster outing that included two touchdowns and an 83-yard run. Then there's linebacker Darius Leonard, who was a menace to Davis Mills and the Texans all afternoon, causing fumbles, snagging interceptions and wreaking havoc for four quarters. Playing the Texans can make anyone look good, but the Colts look like a team on the rise.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 17
As Carson Wentz gets better each week, so do the Colts. They are getting healthy after a slow start, which is why they are back in the division race.
USA Today -- Rank: 22
They're showing signs of life despite brutal early schedule, and QB Carson Wentz is a major reason. He's only been picked off once in 193 throws this season, his 0.5% INT rate pacing the league.
The Athletic -- Rank: 21
Rookie Heat Check: It's been a rough start to the season for the Colts' rookies. First-round defensive lineman Kwity Paye missed two games with a hamstring injury. He returned last week against Houston, but is still waiting for his first career sack. And yet, he's been the most productive rookie. Only two other draft picks have played in a game: fourth-round tight end Kylen Granson, who has three catches and plays primarily on special teams; and seventh-round receiver Mike Strachan, who had two catches in Week 1 but hasn't caught a pass since.
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