Thursday, November 11, 2021

Indianapolis Colts Week 10 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: 18.4 (18th)
  • Best ranking: 17th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 20th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 19

Bold second-half prediction: RB Jonathan Taylor will lead NFL in rushing.

Taylor still trails Tennessee's Derrick Henry by 116 yards, but Henry might miss the rest of the season because of a foot injury. Taylor has rushed for at least 107 yards in four of the past six games, including 172 yards against the New York Jets in Week 9. Taylor proved he got stronger as his rookie season progressed in 2020, rushing for 741 yards over the final five games. The Colts will likely lean on him even more as they try to remain in playoff contention in the second half of the season. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 18

The Colts were an absolute freight train against the Jets. Frank Reich's squad was dominant from the jump on Thursday Night Football, scoring touchdowns on six of its first seven possessions en route to a 45-30 win at Lucas Oil Stadium. Jonathan Taylor's 78-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the exclamation point on an outrageous performance by the Colts' ground game, which rolled up an NFL season-best 260 rushing yards at 8.7 yards per carry by the waning minutes of the third quarter. Not all opponents will be as terribly unprepared as the Jets were in prime time, but the Colts sent another signal that they are a resilient team that appears unwilling to concede the AFC South.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

They dominated the Jets from an offensive standpoint. But that defense still has major issues that need to be fixed.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

The last time they had at least 250 yards on the ground and through the air in same game was 1956, when the franchise was based in Baltimore. The last time they had a four-game streak of games with at least 30 points was 2010, when QB Peyton Manning was in charge. Now, time for this group to make its own history as it attempts to leapfrog five clubs to get back into the playoffs.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

Are they good? We'll say they're better than their record. Four of their five losses have come against the Titans (twice), Rams and Ravens. But their best win is against ... the 49ers? They still have the Jaguars twice and the Texans, so it would be easy for them to catch that 5-4 pack in a hurry. Jonathan Taylor is averaging 5.86 yards per carry. If he can sustain that and finish with 250-plus carries, it'll be the sixth such season in NFL history, following two by Jim Brown and 2,000-yard seasons from O.J. Simpson, Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson. Mind-blowing stat of the week: Carson Wentz has the same number of touchdowns (17) and interceptions (3) as ... Aaron Rodgers.

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