Saturday, December 4, 2021

Indianapolis Colts Week 13 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: 13 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 10 (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 16 (CBS Sports)

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

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Give the Colts a team with a losing record and they likely won't have a difficult time winning. Have them face a team with a winning mark and things are drastically different. Five of the Colts' six victories have been against teams with a losing record. Buffalo is the only team with a winning record that Indianapolis has beaten this season. The Colts have blown double-digit leads against Baltimore, Tennessee and, most recently, Tampa Bay. Making the playoffs is becoming less and less likely as the weeks pass, especially since three of the Colts' final five games are against teams with a winning record. -- Mike Wells -- Rank: 13

What a deeply disappointing outcome on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts had a 10-point second-half lead over the defending Super Bowl champions and the opportunity to close within one game of the division-leading Titans. Then, disaster struck. Shaq Barrett's strip-sack and fumble recovery sparked a Bucs comeback and was part of an avalanche of mistakes by the Colts, who piled up five turnovers in a 38-31 loss. Criticism over Frank Reich's reluctance to lean on Jonathan Taylor in the second half is warranted, but this loss went beyond the usage of the team's electric running back. The Colts had the chance to deliver a huge statement win and make the AFC South race incredibly interesting -- and blinked.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

They had a real chance to get back into the division race, but couldn't pull it out against the Bucs. Carson Wentz did play well, which is a good sign.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

Sure, they're Indy .500, but Colts are also playing as well as anybody west of Foxborough over the past two months. Big opportunity to prove that against Patriots following the bye ... but it won't matter if Indianapolis suffers a lapse Sunday in Houston.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

Problem area: Holding onto leads. The Colts have led by double digits in nine straight games. They've also managed to lose three of those games. They blew a 19-point, second-half lead against the Ravens, an early 14-0 lead against the Titans and most recently coughed up a 10-point, second-half lead against the Buccaneers. For a team that is now 6-6, those blown leads could be what keeps them out of the playoffs.

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