Saturday, October 2, 2021

Indianapolis Colts Week 4 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: 25.6 (25th)
  • Best ranking: 25th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 26th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 26

The good news for Carson Wentz is that the quarterback can basically only improve from his current ranking. The bad news is there's no guarantee of that happening, because Wentz is currently dealing with injuries to both ankles suffered in Week 2. Wentz's 60.4% completion rate is 29th in the NFL, partially because the Colts' receivers have been underwhelming, outside of Michael Pittman Jr. And T.Y. Hilton has been out all season with a disk injury. Wentz also has issues holding the ball too long (fifth longest in the league). The biggest key for Wentz is to get healthy. "I'm very confident that we can progress this thing along and be myself," Wentz said. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 26

If you're starting to feel like this is a lost season for the Colts, we're right there with you. Indy remains winless after a 25-16 loss to the rival Titans in Nashville. Carson Wentz showed grit playing on two bad ankles, but his lack of mobility is just another obstacle for a Colts offense that has to work way too hard to move the football. Wentz's miss on an end zone throw to Michael Pittman in the third quarter will stick with him during long hours in the trainer's room this week. The Colts need a win over the Dolphins to save their season in Week 4 and they might have to do it without All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson, who suffered an ankle injury against the Titans.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

They have hardly looked like a team some thought would win the AFC South. They've had a lot of injuries impact their roster early this season, but the 0-3 start is bad and the schedule coming up is a challenge.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Wasn't this supposed to an elite offensive line? Thus far, it's done an elite job getting QB Carson Wentz banged around and rendering RB Jonathan Taylor close to invisible.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Surprise! Most of the attention placed upon the Colts' miserable start has rightfully been centered on Carson Wentz's nightmare tenure as the team's starting quarterback, but given his performance in Philadelphia last season, maybe any other expectation was simply wishful thinking. Perhaps more surprising is that the Colts have been unable to jumpstart talented second-year running back Jonathan Taylor, whose high-water mark for rushing yards in a game so far is 64 -- with no touchdowns. This from a player who averaged 123.5 yards across his final six games in 2020 and scored seven times in that stretch.

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