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Power Rankings Tuesday: Colts Remain in the Top Ten

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Taking a look at where others in the media rank the Colts in this week's power rankings.

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The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday 23-3, notching their eleventh straight win against the AFC South and improving to 7-4 on the season.  They hold a 2.5 game lead in the division and look like a lock to host a playoff game this year.  But right now, after week twelve, we have power rankings to look at!  Let's take a look at where the Colts are ranked this week.

ESPN ranks the Colts 8th, up one spot from last week:

Indianapolis has 11 straight wins against divisional opponents and five straight wins against the Jaguars, outscoring Jacksonville 161-43 in those games. The Colts fumbled six times Sunday and still won handily.

NFL.com's Elliot Harrison ranked the Colts 7th, up two spots from a week ago:

Slow going early on for the Colts, who allowed five sacks in the first 30 minutes and took a 6-3 lead into halftime. But they cleaned things up after the break and won by 20. Must admit: T.Y. Hilton's emotional showing following the birth of his daughter touched this writer. #human

CBS's Pat Kirwan put the Colts at number 9, down a spot from last week:

Colts (8): The Colts are all about Andrew Luck and even though they held the Jags to three points, they gave up 117 points in the three revious games. The Redskins come to town next and that should be a game to strengthen the defense.

CBS's Pete Prisco has the Colts 10th, up two spots from a week ago:

The division is almost theirs right now with five games to go. That means using the next five weeks to tune up for the playoffs.

Shutdown Corner's Frank Schwab ranks the Colts 6th, up one spot from last week:

The Colts' games against the AFC South should just get skipped due to lack of interest.

FOX Sports ranks the Colts 8th, a jump of two spots from last week:

Issues with the pass protection have stalled the Colts offense at times this season, but the major issue going forward has to be the defense's tendency to get overpowered at the point of attack in the trenches.

The Monday Morning Quarterback's Peter King has the Colts at number 7, down one spot from last week:

7. Indianapolis (7-4). The Colts essentially clinched the AFC South on Sunday. With a two-game lead over 5-6 Houston (plus the tiebreaker edge), and a quite favorable schedule in the last five weeks, starting with Washington at home Sunday, the Colts will have at least one home playoff game in January.

SB Nation's Danny Kelly ranks the Colts 7th, up two spots from a week ago.  Bleeding Green Nation's Brandon Lee Gowton also has the Colts ranked 7th, which is also up two spots from last week.

7) Indianapolis Colts (LW: 9) - Easy home win over the worst team in the NFL.

Colts in the Power Rankings
Rank Change
ESPN 8 + 1
NFL.com 7 + 2
CBS Sports (Kirwan) 9 - 1
CBS Sports (Prisco) 10 + 2
Shutdown Corner 6 + 1
FOX Sports 8 + 2
MMQB 7 - 1
SB Nation 7 + 2
Bleeding Green Nation 7 + 2
AVERAGE 7 + 2

The Colts increased an average of two spots in the power rankings this week to number seven despite only beating the Jaguars (and struggling for the first half, too).  That said, however, I think it's probably right around where the Colts actually are.  They're a good team, but definitely not among the very top in the league.  Number seven depicts that, and I expect that to be roughly around where they continue for the duration of the regular season.