After being blown out by the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2, the Indianapolis Colts have plummeted in the NFL’s latest power rankings.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the Indianapolis Colts were being viewed as one of the more promising teams in the NFL. Loaded with talent and coming off a motivated offseason, Indy was expected to be a serious contender this season. While it’s only Week 3 and that still can be possible, the Colts haven’t even looked like they’ll be a contender to win one of the worst divisions in football.
Indianapolis struggled to tie with the Houston Texans in Week 1 and then was blown out 24-0 by the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. Houston and Jacksonville were two of the worst teams in the league last season and probably still aren’t that good. As a result, a lot of experts have pumped the brakes on the Colts and dropped them in the latest round of rankings.
Where the Colts rank across expert Power Rankings
Indy started the year as a team right outside of the top 10, and even with the Week 1 draw, experts still gave Indianapolis grace in power rankings. Indy entered Week 2 with an average ranking of 14.5. However, that average has plummeted to 25.3 as the league enters Week 3.
ESPN has the Colts at No. 25. Last week, Indy was No. 16 in ESPN’s rankings. Stephen Holder wrote that the biggest thing Indy needs to improve is the offensive line play.
The NFL’s official site ranked Indianapolis at No. 26, an 11-spot fall from last week’s ranking. Dan Hanzus argued that it’s fair to ask if Indy is legitimately a bad team and not just a good team underperforming right now.
CBS Sports also dropped the Colts 11 spots in their rankings to No. 25. Pete Prisco said that Indy simply doesn’t look like a playoff team at the moment.
FanSided dropped Indianapolis from No. 13 to No. 25 and Matt Verderame categorized Indy as “hideous football.”
Colts’ Super Bowl odds entering Week 3
Despite being 0-1-1, the goal for Indianapolis is still the Super Bowl. However, every time Indy loses that path gets tougher. According to FanDuel, the Colts now have +4000 odds to win the Super Bowl. That’s tied for 14th best in the NFL. This is a significant decline from Indy’s +2400 odds of last week when the team had the 12th-best odds in the league.
The opponent for the Colts in Week 3 is the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that has become familiar with the Super Bowl in recent years. Indianapolis needs to come alive against Kansas City to turn things around.