Saturday, January 1, 2022

Indianapolis Colts Week 17 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: 6.4 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 5 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 9 (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Non-QB MVP: RB Jonathan Taylor

This is way too easy. Taylor isn't only the Colts' MVP, he is a legitimate league MVP contender. Taylor leads the NFL in rushing attempts (297), yards (1,626) and touchdowns (17). Taylor's production has helped lighten quarterback Carson Wentz's load significantly, and the running back's ability to dominate on the ground helps keep a defense that has forced 31 turnovers this season fresh throughout the game. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 5

Carson Wentz worked through his progressions, slid to his left to buy time, kept his eyes downfield and fired a laser into the hands of Dez Patmon in the back of the end zone. The brilliant touchdown connection -- on third-and-9, no less -- served as the dagger strike in an impressive road win at Arizona and a declarative statement that Wentz is once again a QB to be reckoned with in the NFL. The former No. 2 overall pick isn't perfect -- he's still prone to the occasional head-scratching decision -- but when he's locked in, Wentz makes the Colts look like the best team in football.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

Winning at Arizona with their offensive line decimated shows how well they are coached. Frank Reich has done an amazing job with this team.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

QB Carson Wentz's notion of holiday gifting? Various meats, bourbon and Yeti gear to his offensive linemen, and two TD passes during Saturday night's win in the desert. Advantage: Prescott.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Is he The Guy? Hmm. How can we not say yes? But ... while Carson Wentz has had a nice comeback season, he still makes boneheaded decisions and dumb throws, and we're pretty sure that's how the Colts' season ends in the playoffs. So, it's a no. (Wentz was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday, and not being vaccinated probably won't help his case long-term, either).

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