Colts power rankings roundup: Where Indy sits entering Week 8

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The Indianapolis Colts (3-4) have won three of their last four games after defeating the San Francisco 49ers (2-4) in a sloppy, weather-impacted game.

Following their victory on the road as underdogs, the Colts are showing off some newfound confidence. It shows in the power rankings entering Week 8.

Let’s take a look at where the Colts sit in the power rankings with the new week upon us:

USA TODAY

Author: Nate Davis
Rank: 17 (+5)
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Author’s Take: “QB Carson Wentz has one INT after hoisting league-high 15 in 2020, and he’s also sporting career-best 102.8 passer rating. This whole Frank Reich reunion apparently is just what the doctor ordered.”

Touchdown Wire

Author: Nick Wojton
Rank: 18 (+3)
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Author’s Take: “The Colts did exactly what they needed to do in sloppy weather in a 30-18 win over the 49ers: Give the ball to Jonathan Taylor. On top of Taylor, quarterback Carson Wentz made some very timely and impressive completions in the win.”

Bleacher Report

Author: NFL Staff
Rank: 17 (+6)
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Author’s Take: “The Indianapolis Colts have a pulse.

They started the 2021 season 0-3, but Sunday’s soggy victory over the 49ers was the team’s third win in four games. The Colts can get back to .500 at home against the Tennessee Titans next week and into the mix in the AFC South.

Sunday’s game wasn’t an especially pretty victory—playing in a driving rainstorm, neither team managed 300 yards of offense. But thanks to four takeaways and a few timely plays from veteran quarterback Carson Wentz, the Colts are one step closer to turning around another terrible start to the season.

“The Colts are a good defensive team with a punishing young running back in Jonathan Taylor,” Davenport said. “And the return of all-everything offensive lineman Quenton Nelson on Sunday was a huge boost up front. With Wentz getting healthier and playing well, the Colts have what it takes to give the Titans a run for their money in the division.”

ESPN NFL Nation

Author: Mike Wells
Rank: 16 (+6)
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Author’s Take: “Prediction we missed: WR T.Y. Hilton would be QB Carson Wentz’s deep threat.

It is hard to be Wentz’s deep threat when you have been consistently injured. That’s been the case with Hilton. He has played in only one of a possible seven games this season because of quad and disc injuries. Hilton, though, did have a 52-yard reception in the one game he played in. — Mike Wells”

Sporting News

Author: Vinnie Iyer
Rank: 18 (+7)
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Author’s Take: “The Colts were coming up lame early in the season with a brutal schedule, but things have softened up nicely for them and they’ve crept back into AFC wild-card contention under Frank Reich. Catching the Titans will be very difficult, even with a little at only twos, but Carson Wentz getting the offense back on track has Indianapolis back in the playoff mix.”

List Wire

Author: Berry Werner
Rank: 15 (+2)
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Author’s Take: “The Colts have gotten things together and managed to outplay the dismal 49ers in the rainstorm on SNF. Hate to say their hopes rest on one game, but Halloween is huge in the AFC South. Next: vs. Tennessee Titans”

Pro Football Network

Author: Dalton Miller
Rank: 17 (+2)
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Author’s Take: “Carson Wentz started the season slowly, but his past three weeks have been solid, especially compared to expectations. This might be a case where a roster played to their potential over the past few seasons and are now coming out from the clouds.

The secondary is struggling right now. The linebacker play has been inconsistent, and the Colts don’t really have a consistent pass rush aside from DeForest Buckner. Against the 49ers on Sunday night, Darius Leonard played like a man possessed, taking advantage of the inclement weather and forcing turnovers.

Jonathan Taylor is one of the best runners in the league at this point early in his career. Michael Pittman Jr. was big against the 49ers and has played well in his second season. Wentz struggled to hold onto the football in the first half, but calmed down in the second half and secured the victory for the Colts.”

NFL.com

Author: Dan Hanzus
Rank: 16 (+2)
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Author’s Take: “They don’t play a particularly pretty brand of football, but the Colts don’t mind rolling in the mud. We saw that on Sunday night in soggy Santa Clara, where Indianapolis scored a 30-18 win over the 49ers to remain within striking distance of the red-hot Titans in the AFC South. Jonathan Taylor has now gone over 100 scrimmage yards in four straight games, while Carson Wentz made big plays down the stretch — none bigger than the 28-yard fourth-quarter touchdown strike to Michael Pittman that iced the Niners. A Week 8 showdown with the Titans at Lucas Oil Field will have massive implications in the division.”

CBS Sports

Author: Pete Prisco
Rank: 16 (+1)
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Author’s Take: “That was a tough, ugly win at San Francisco, but one they had to have. This week they face a huge division game with the Titans.”

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