The Indianapolis Colts had an underwhelming start to the 2022 NFL season. How did that impact their standings in power rankings?
Entering the 2022 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts were viewed as one of the more promising teams. Indy put together a dominant stint of football last season before missing the playoffs after an uncharacteristic Week 18 performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, the Colts used the offseason to strengthen their roster and prepare themselves to attack their goals.
Unfortunately, Indianapolis didn’t come out the gate as they hoped. In Week 1, Indy struggled with a rebuilding Houston Texans team and ended the game in a 20-20 tie. How did this slow start impact the Colts in rankings? Coming into the year, many experts saw Indianapolis as a team right outside of the top 10. Let’s see where experts rank Indy now.
Where the Colts rank across expert Power Rankings
Indianapolis entered the year with an average power ranking of 12.5, a team that was respected as a potential contender. After Week 1, the Colts did drop in rankings but not significantly. They enter Week 2 with an average ranking of 14.5.
ESPN ranked Indianapolis at No. 16, two spots down from the preseason ranking of 14. ESPN’s Stephen Holder highlighted safety Nick Cross as a rookie that’s stood out for the team.
The official NFL website has Indy at No. 15, a three-spot fall from the previous rank of 12. Dan Hanzus pointed out how this Week 1 performance could haunt the team in January when everyone is fighting for a playoff spot.
CBS Sports also moved the Colts down three spots to No. 14. Pete Prisco talked about how Indy ”looked awful” for basically the first three quarters against Houston.
FanSided ranked Indianapolis at No. 13, the same spot they were ranked before the season started. Matt Verderame criticized Indy for the tie with the Texans but slightly praised the Colts for finding a way to not actually lose.
Colts’ Super Bowl odds entering Week 2
The Super Bowl is a long way away, especially for an Indianapolis team that tied with the Texans. However, according to FanDuel, Indy currently has +2400 odds to win the Super Bowl. That’s the 12th-best odds in the NFL.
The Super Bowl is a goal for Indianapolis but the Colts have to clean some things up before they can even think about getting there. That starts on Sunday when Indy travels to Jacksonville and tries to get a win against the Jaguars.