Thursday, November 25, 2021

Indianapolis Colts Week 12 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: 11 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 10 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 12 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Most memorable Thanksgiving game: Peyton Manning goes off in 41-9 rout of Lions on Nov. 25, 2004

Manning threw six touchdown passes in less than three quarters to give him 41 on the season in just 11 games. That was only the start of an impressive afternoon for the future Hall of Famer. It was the fifth straight game that Manning threw for at least four touchdowns, breaking the previous record set by Dan Marino. "He's the best that's ever played this game as far as quarterbacks are concerned," receiver Brandon Stokley said after the game. "When he's retired, they'll compare everybody to Peyton Manning, without a doubt." -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 12

On the most exhilarating day in what's become an increasingly interesting Colts season, Jonathan Taylor announced himself as an MVP contender. The dynamic running back was brilliant in the freezing rain of Buffalo, accounting for 204 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-15 statement win over the supposed conference superpower from Western New York. Taylor now leads all running backs in rushing yards and touchdowns, and he's gone over 100 total yards in eight consecutive games. He's the best Colts running back since peak Edgerrin James; he might be the best running back in the NFL, period. After surviving a 1-4 start, the Colts look like one of the most dangerous teams in the unpredictable AFC.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

With Jonathan Taylor carrying the offense, they can be real threat come playoff time. They can run it as well as anybody and the defense is getting better.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

RB Jonathan Taylor's ascendance into NFL superstar -- he just became fifth player in Super Bowl era (since 1966) to collect 200 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns in one game -- occurs just as HBO's cameras began rolling to document "Hard Knocks" during regular season for the first time.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

Best side dish: Is picking Jonathan Taylor cheating the assignment? He's not a quarterback, but there is no question who is driving the Colts right now. The stats are bonkers: 1,122 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns, 5.8 yards per carry and 100-yard performances in five of the Colts' last six games. He's made Carson Wentz's job considerably easier, and is the biggest reason the Colts are back in the AFC playoff mix. He's the GOAT of side dishes.

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