Friday, September 25, 2020

Indianapolis Colts Week 3 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: 16.6 (16th)
  • Best ranking: 16th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 18th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

What we learned: Frank Reich is still trying to figure out how to win with Philip Rivers. Check out the game script from their win over the Vikings. Reich was much more run-heavy than he was in Week 1. Rivers was up and down against the Vikings. He threw an interception in the red zone but also had a long touchdown pass dropped by T.Y. Hilton. The Colts are clearly a team that is trying to find an identity. The defense played well against Minnesota, so Reich leaned on Jonathan Taylor and didn't ask Rivers to do too much. It'll be interesting to see which blueprint Reich leans on in the weeks ahead.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

They bounced back in impressive fashion from their upset loss to the Jaguars by dominating the Vikings. The defense looked like the unit I expected to see.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

They continue to deal with their own rash of injuries but should soon get healthy against the Jets, whom QB Philip Rivers has beaten four times in five regular-season matchups.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: TE Mo Alie-Cox

Alie-Cox had a career game, catching five passes for 111 yards in Sunday's win over Minnesota. The Colts will likely continue to lean on him while Jack Doyle (ankle/knee) and Trey Burton are out. What made Alie-Cox's performance even more impressive was that the former college basketball player overcame a dropped pass that was intercepted in the red zone on the Colts' opening drive. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 16

How good was the Colts' defense on Sunday? Late in the third quarter, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was sitting on a passer rating of 0.0. Seriously. By the end of the game, Minnesota had managed just 175 yards of offense in an easy home win for Indy. Quite a difference from last week, when the Colts couldn't even get Gardner Minshew to throw a damn incomplete pass. Jonathan Taylor and Mo Alie-Cox had breakout games for the offense, and Philip Rivers led with a steady hand. The biggest negative? Parris Campbell was carted off the field with a knee injury, the latest setback in a star-crossed career.

Previous update: Indianapolis Colts Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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