Saturday, September 25, 2021

Indianapolis Colts Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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: 23.4 (23rd)
  • Best ranking: 22nd (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 26th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

Fantasy surprise: WR Zach Pascal

It's very, very slim pickings when it comes to options for the Colts in this category. Every third reception by Pascal has been a touchdown for him through the first two weeks of the season. He is the only Colts player who has a touchdown reception, as he has three scores and nine receptions for 81 yards this season. Fantasy selections off the Colts could get even slimmer if starting quarterback Carson Wentz has to miss an extended period of time due to his ankle injury. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 23

Carson Wentz sprained both ankles on one Aaron Donald takedown in Sunday's loss to the Rams, and that feels like something that could only happen to Carson Wentz in 2021. As colleague Gregg Rosenthal noted on Sunday's Around The NFL Podcast, the modern-day Wentz plays with a frantic energy that's almost unnerving. It's all stumbles and ducks and dives and flops and flips -- it's no surprise he struggles to stay healthy. If Wentz is unable to go in a pivotal Week 3 tilt against the Titans, the 0-2 Colts could be very much up against it with unproven Jacob Eason at QB. Eason failed to inspire in his limited work against Los Angeles.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

At 0-2, with Carson Wentz banged up, they face a huge division game this week against the Titans on the road. They have to be better on defense as well.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

How about WR Zach Pascal taking advantage of T.Y. Hilton's absence, snatching an AFC-leading three TD receptions among his nine catches.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

In case you need a refresher, here's the list of setbacks for Colts quarterback Carson Wentz since training camp began in late July:
  • Broken foot that required surgery
  • Reserve/COVID-19 list as a result of being a high-risk close contact (Wentz is unvaccinated)
  • 21 hits and six sacks in two games
  • An intercepted shovel pass inside the 5-yard line
  • Not one, but two sprained ankles
Wentz isn't the Colts' only problem in their 0-2 start, but this is about as bad a beginning as anyone could have imagined as Wentz tries to resurrect his career in Indianapolis.

If Wentz can't play this week against Tennessee, the Colts will start Jacob Eason. He threw three passes last week, two of which were incomplete and one that was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey.

Previous updates:

More Indianapolis Colts pages:

More of our content:

Keep track of our site's updates: (1) follow us on Twitter, (2) like us on Facebook and/or (3) subscribe to our newsletter.