Saturday, September 18, 2021

Indianapolis Colts Week 2 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: 20.8 (T-21st)
  • Best ranking: 16th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 25th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Top rookie: DE Kwity Paye

The 21st overall pick played 40 of 53 defensive snaps (75%) in the 28-16 loss to the Seahawks. He tallied three tackles -- including one for a loss -- and a fumble recovery on a play where linebacker Darius Leonard punched the ball out. Paye would have also had a sack, but the play was negated because of a penalty. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 21

"If you're a Colts fan, no need to worry, no need to fret, you'll be fine." That's how CBS analyst Jonathan Vilma summed up Indy's 28-16 loss to the Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium, and I must say, I do not entirely agree. The Colts' defense allowed an average of 11 yards on 23 Russell Wilson attempts, and the offensive line struggled mightily in both pass protection and short-yardage situations. Carson Wentz was the biggest bright spot: Despite constant pressure, Wentz moved well and avoided the killer mistakes that marked the end of his Eagles tenure. Still, Wentz took too many hits in this game. Catastrophe awaits if the Colts can't make the necessary adjustments up front.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

The defense didn't play well against Seattle, which has to be concerning as they ready to play a good Rams team this week. They can't go 0-2 at home to open the season.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Carson Wentz became Indianapolis' fifth different Week 1 starter in the past five seasons. The Colts lost all five openers.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

Overreaction: For all the worrying about Carson Wentz, this Colts defense gave up four long drives that ended with Russell Wilson touchdown passes. Two botched fourth-down attempts in Seattle territory didn't help in the second half, but Wilson had it way too easy on the road. I had these two teams one spot apart in my initial rankings, but they didn't look that close Sunday. -- Auman

Reality check: When you can't pinpoint which player or position group was most to blame for a Week 1 flop, all criticism is warranted. -- Jones

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