Average Ranking: 2nd
Fox Sports ranks us 2nd (nc): The guy gets so overshadowed by the massive attention deservedly thrust in his QB's direction, but seriously, what a catch by Reggie Wayne to beat the Patriots. And what a night by Wayne, a game-high 10 catches for 126 yards and 2 TDs.
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Pete Prisco @ CBS ranks us 1st (nc): They should send Belichick a Christmas card. What a gift. They face a tough road game this week at Baltimore. Why does everyone doubt the Peyton could have gone the 70-80 yards in just under two minutes? Had he not just done that twice before? Plus a little love for Bullitt and our D is in order, I think.
Walter Football ranks us 1st (+1): What a comeback by Peyton Manning. I'm upset that he didn't cover, but I needed the Colts to win straight up in 610WIP.com's Survivor Pool (we had to pick the winner of the Colts-Patriots game on top of our survivor selection because there are 3,000 people remaining out of the 22,000 that started). So, when New England was up 31-14, I prepared the following Sunday night notes about Indianapolis: 1. Why is Peyton Manning throwing all of these interceptions and ugly incompletions? He must have snorted coke before the game. The NFL should suspend him for violating the substance policy or kick him out of the league entirely! 2. Pierre Garcon is the worst wide receiver of all time. By my estimation, he has dropped 84 passes in this game alone.
3. The refs are blind! New England defenders are carrying small, invisible knives and stabbing the Indianapolis running backs when no one is looking! That's why Joseph Addai and Chad Simpson had to leave early. How are the officials not seeing this!?
Vic Carucci @ NFL.com ranks us 2nd (nc): Sure, the Colts benefitted greatly from Bill Belichick's off-the-wall call, and they've lived on the edge for much of the season, but they're legitimately one of the very best teams in the league.
Yahoo's Michael Silver ranks us 2nd (nc): Yo, football gods: If Jim Caldwell didn’t lose on Sunday, will he ever?
WEEI in Boston ranks us 2nd (nc): Peyton Manning can’t be stopped, but the Colts secondary was very much exposed Sunday night. The Colts will need their defensive backs to step up. I doubt they receive any more gifts like the one Bill Belichick gave them.
ESPN ranks us 2nd (nc): At an odd crossroads of being undefeated and having a lot of issues to work through at the same time. (Kuharsky)
Pro Football Weekly ranks us 2nd (nc): Patriots-Colts II, circa mid-January. You know it's coming.
NFL.com ranks us 2nd (nc)
Sporting News ranks us 2nd (nc): After an assist from Patriots coach Bill Belichick, still unbeaten as they visit Baltimore.
National Football Post ranks us 2nd (nc): Would you give the ball to Peyton Manning at the 28-yard line? That was too easy for the league’s best QB.
WhatIfSports ranks us 2nd (nc)
Peter King @ SI ranks us 2nd (nc): I am reminded of a Jack Buckism. I don't believe what I just saw. Amazing comeback win by the Colts.
FanHouse ranks us 2nd (nc): Witchcraft or not, Peyton Manning just finds a way to continue winning games. The Colts have now won 18 consecutive regular season games. Home field advantage throughout the playoffs is on the horizon and it could pave the path to their second Super Bowl championship. -- Matt Snyder
USA Today ranks us 2nd (nc)
CHFF ranks us 2nd (nc): Last week: 35-34 win vs. New England. Peyton Manning is 5-0 this year when asked to pass 40 or more times in a game. How good is that? Only one QB has gone 6-0 in a season passing 40 or more times and his name is John Elway (1985). Last we checked he was pretty good. Manning, with seven games still to play, is well on his way to smashing that record.
Don Banks @ SI ranks us 2nd (nc): Buried amid the never-ending Bill Belichick debate was a rather disconcerting reality for the Colts: Young receivers Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie simply weren't ready for their big-game close-ups Sunday night against New England. Garcon especially struggled against the Patriots, dropping passes and putting even more pressure on Peyton Manning to rely on Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. The Colts have been survivors this season in any number of ways, but it's hard to see them going as far as they want to go with only two reliable receiving options.