NFL power rankings: Colts drop with familiar NFL Week 1 loss
The Indianapolis Colts opened the 2021 NFL season in familiar and disappointing fashion, falling 28-16 to the Seattle Seahawks. That's 8 straight Week 1 losses.
As you might expect, the Colts are taking a beating in the NFL power rankings. Oddly, several on this list believe they are the 21st-best team in the league this week.
Want a silver lining? Considering the AFC South's performance in Week 1, the Colts remain near or at the top among their division foes on these lists.
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com: 21st, down 5 positions from Week 1
"If you're a Colts fan, no need to worry, no need to fret, you'll be fine." That's how CBS analyst Jonathan Vilma summed up Indy's 28-16 loss to the Seahawks at Lucas Oil Stadium, and I must say, I do not entirely agree. The Colts' defense allowed an average of 11 yards on 23 Russell Wilson attempts, and the offensive line struggled mightily in both pass protection and short-yardage situations. Carson Wentz was the biggest bright spot: Despite constant pressure, Wentz moved well and avoided the killer mistakes that marked the end of his Eagles tenure. Still, Wentz took too many hits in this game. Catastrophe awaits if the Colts can't make the necessary adjustments up front.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: 21st, falling 9 spots
The defense didn't play well against Seattle, which has to be concerning as they ready to play a good Rams team this week. They can't go 0-2 at home to open the season.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: 21st, a drop of 7
The Colts' defense didn't look good against Wilson and the offense is trying to get beyond being run-dependent to be effective with Carson Wentz. Frank Reich's team is fortunate it plays in the weak AFC South, because winning the division looks like the only available playoff ticket.
Bleacher Report: 17th, the same as Week 1
Unfortunately for (Frank) Reich and his team, things don't get any easier next week. Indy's schedule to open the season is an absolute meat grinder — the next four games are home against the Rams, at Tennessee, at Miami and at Baltimore.
The Colts' playoff dreams could be toast before Halloween.
Pro Football Network: 21st
The Colts dominated the Seahawks in plays ran and time of possession. Nevertheless, they could only produce 16 points against what on paper does not look like a great Seahawks defense. Carson Wentz looked serviceable, which we couldn’t say last season when he lost the Eagles’ starting job to Jalen Hurts. The Colts’ defense struggled, allowing 7.2 yards per play against the Seahawks.
Frank Schwab, Yahoo: 21st, down 8 spots
The Colts weren't awful, but giving up a long touchdown in the final minute to Tyler Lockett changed the game. One thing that needs to get better is the Colts offensive line, which is usually quite reliable.
Nate Davis, USA TODAY: 25th, down 5 places
Carson Wentz became Indianapolis' fifth different Week 1 starter in the past five seasons. The Colts lost all five openers.
This was always going to be a buzz saw game for the Colts to walk into. The Seahawks changed to a Sean McVay-inspired offense and forced the Colts to play catch up with a somewhat banged-up Carson Wentz. The encouraging? Wentz seemed fearless and unhampered escaping the pocket early and still looks fluid and athletic. Frank Reich can still scheme open wide receivers with the best of them.