Friday, October 30, 2020

Indianapolis Colts Week 8 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: 13.0 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 12th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

EPR continues to be higher on the Colts than I am. They got some help during their bye week with the Titans losing. Indianapolis is just one game back of Tennessee in the AFC South. The two teams square off twice during a three-week span in November.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

They face a tough road game as they come off their bye and go to Detroit to face a resurgent Lions team. They better hope Philip Rivers can continue his hot play from the game before the bye.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

Hope you got your rest, fellas. Next five opponents are all .500 or better, a murderers' row including Ravens, Packers and Titans (twice).

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Who needs to step up: WR T.Y. Hilton

Hilton is on pace for the least-productive season of his nine-year NFL career. He has 20 receptions for 242 yards and no touchdowns through the first six games. What makes Hilton's lack of production even worse is that the soon-to-be 31-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 14

This stat, from ESPN's Mike Wells, provides a neat summation of the start of the Philip Rivers era in Indianapolis: In the Colts' four wins, Rivers has thrown for 992 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. In their two losses, he's passed for 662 yards with one TD and four picks. If you look at the landscape of veteran QBs who changed teams in 2020, he sits somewhere in the middle: He hasn't made the impact of Tom Brady in Tampa, but he's not the liability that Cam Newton has become in New England. He's ... pretty much the same Phil Rivers. Can Frank Reich help Rivers weed out his everlasting penchant for game-changing turnovers? If not, this Colts season will likely end up like so many of Rivers' years in San Diego and L.A. High points, low points, ultimately unfulfilled promise.

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