Saturday, November 21, 2020

Indianapolis Colts Week 11 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: 10.8 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 9th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

That Thursday night performance against the Titans offered the best version of this Colts team. The offense drove inside the Tennessee 30 on its first seven possessions. All season, it's seemed like the Colts' offense has needed more juice. Nyheim Hines (115 yards from scrimmage) and Michael Pittman (122 yards) provided that in Week 10. And their defense and special teams provide an edge almost every week. The Colts are 6-3 with a plus-65 point differential.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

They impressed in beating the Titans at Tennessee. Philip Rivers got back on track in that game, which they needed. But this week he will have to be better with the Packers coming to town.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

A run game that should not have struggled so mightily behind this mauling O-line is finally picking it up, averaging 121.3 yards over the past three weeks ... a significant factor to Indy's rise to top of AFC South table.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

What would they take back: CB Xavier Rhodes caught peeking in Week 1

There are currently nine teams, including the Colts, with at least a 6-3 record in the AFC. Rhodes and the Colts might regret their Week 1 loss at woeful Jacksonville if they miss the playoffs or are out a playoff home game. About the only bad thing Rhodes -- who the Colts signed to a one-year contract -- has done this season is get caught peeking in the backfield on the Jaguars' go-ahead touchdown to Keelan Cole, as Rhodes was at least 10 yards behind Cole when the wideout caught it. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 12

The Colts own the Titans. They've now won 20 of the last 24 games against their division rivals, and Thursday night's 34-17 conquest painted Indianapolis as the more balanced, better team. The game will be remembered for the Titans' special teams explosion (or was it a Colts implosion?): three huge plays -- shanked punt, blocked punt for touchdown, missed field-goal try -- which turned a nail-biter into a laugher in the span of 30 minutes. The Colts got a hugely encouraging performance from running back Nyheim Hines, who had 115 yards from scrimmage with two touchdowns. Marlon Mack's season-ending injury and the struggles of rookie Jonathan Taylor left a significant void in this offense -- perhaps Hines can become the answer in the backfield.

Previous update: Indianapolis Colts Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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