Saturday, November 20, 2021

Indianapolis Colts Week 11 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: 15 (16th)
  • Best ranking: 14 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 16 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Most important remaining game: Dec. 19 vs. Patriots

There are seven AFC teams currently with records of 6-4, 5-4 and 5-5 in the race for one of the final two playoff spots in the AFC. The Patriots would make the playoffs if they were to start today, while the Colts would be on the outside looking in. New England could put the Colts' playoff hopes on life support by beating them in Indianapolis. That, of course, is if the Colts are still in contention for a postseason spot when the teams meet in Week 15. The Colts have not beaten Bill Belichick and the Patriots since the 2009 season (nine straight losses). -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 15

The Colts came out of the creampuff portion of their schedule with wins over the Jets and Jaguars, but Sunday's victory over a feisty Jacksonville team left more questions than answers. The offense struggled to get anything going after a fast start, and Carson Wentz was back to making the kind of ill-advised throws that got Indy beat by the Titans in Week 8. A bad team like Jacksonville won't always make you pay, but Wentz won't be nearly as fortunate with matchups against the Bills and Buccaneers on tap. The Colts have yet to win a game against a team with a winning record this season -- if they don't come out the next two weeks with at least a split, they'll confirm their also-ran status.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

They didn't play great against the Jaguars, but they found a way. They have to be more consistent on offense as they ready to play the Bills.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

They've clawed back to .500 following a 1-4 start ... and now face games at Buffalo and against Tampa Bay for their trouble. Indianapolis will be in survival mode rest of the way.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Steal a player: Tristan Wirfs, Buccaneers right tackle

The Colts love right tackle Braden Smith, and earlier this year signed him to a long-term extension. But he's only been able to play in four games so far this season. In this hypothetical exercise, we try to eliminate the pressure on Carson Wentz on about a third of his dropbacks. Wirfs is the best young right tackle in the NFL, allowing just one sack in 401 pass blocking snaps this year, per TruMedia.

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