Saturday, September 19, 2020

Indianapolis Colts Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 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: 18.0 (16th)
  • Best ranking: 17th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 20th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 17

What we learned: The 2020 Colts look like the 2019 Chargers. Philip Rivers threw two interceptions in the Colts loss to the Jaguars. The costliest one came with 4:32 left and Indianapolis down 24-20. Overall, there was a lot to like in Rivers debut. The Colts finished with 445 yards, compared to 241 for the Jaguars. In the last 10 years, there are only five other examples of a team losing despite that kind of yardage disparity. In the first quarter, facing a 4th-and-1 from the Jacksonville 3, Nyheim Hines got stuffed. T.Y. Hilton couldnt hang on to a couple passes late. And Rodrigo Blankenship missed a 30-yard field goal. It was not a panic loss for the Colts, but if they want to win the AFC South, they cant blow games like this.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

Losing to the Jaguars in the opener is not a good way for the Philip Rivers era to begin for the Colts. The injury to Marlon Mack could impact the offense in a big way.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

When you're adjusting to a new quarterback (Philip Rivers), maybe it shouldn't be stunning to lose your opener on road ... even in Jacksonville. But losing RB Marlon Mack was a rude shock.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Best rookie debut: RB Jonathan Taylor
Taylor went from being the third running back in Sunday's game against Jacksonville to being thrust into a more prominent role after starter Marlon Mack was lost due to a torn Achilles in the second quarter. Taylor picked up 36 yards the first time he touched the ball on a catch-and-run play. He finished the game with 67 receiving yards and 22 rushing yards. Taylor will have a chance to move into the starting lineup if he can handle the workload now that Mack is done for the season. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 18

Philip Rivers looks like the same guy with the Colts as he did with the Chargers ... and that was the problem for Indy in Sunday's grim 27-20 loss to the supposedly tanking Jaguars. Rivers threw for 363 yards and a score, but he also tossed two interceptions and had another pick wiped away by a penalty. The idea here was that an elite offensive line would help Rivers play a smarter, more efficient brand of football in 2020. Not so far. The Colts lost more than the game: Running back Marlon Mack is done for the season after tearing his Achilles. If Jonathan Taylor is available in your fantasy league, close this window and do what you need to do.

Previous update: Indianapolis Colts Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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