With the complete collapse of the Indianapolis Colts in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks in week four, not much has changed on the power rankings front for the Colts. In a season that has defied consistency and any kind of logical outcomes, the Colts are a picture of consistency; they are consistently bad in the second half of games. Don’t expect this team to do much climbing until the guy throwing the football has a 12 on his jersey.
NFL.com’s Elliott Harrison ranks the Colts 31st, down two spots from last week.
The Colts hung in there against Seattle for a half and change, but the mismatch up front caught up to Jacoby Brissett. Despite losing by multiple scores, Brissett still shows promise, even if the numbers in Seattle didn't. Same goes for Jabaal Sheard, too. While we're at it, Malik Hooker looks the part of a future All-Pro safety. The problem is that there aren't enough Brissetts, Sheards or Hookers to go around. That didn't sound right. You know what I mean.
ESPN also has them at 31st, down one spot from last week.
The Colts have allowed the most points so far. But to the defense's credit, the offense was on the field for four of the 16 touchdowns allowed. Take those out, and the Colts defense has allowed the fourth-most points.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Colts at 27th, one spot down from last week.
They competed for a half at Seattle, which is a good sign. But they don't have enough talent to hold up for an entire game against a quality team.
Shutdown Corner’s Frank Schwab ranks the Colts 30th, down one from last week.
The Jacoby Brissett trade will turn out to be a nice win for the Colts. There was talk they might cut Phillip Dorsett, and instead they traded him for a young quarterback with good upside. He’s not perfect by any means, but there are times you can see potential. I’m not sure why the Patriots traded him with Jimmy Garoppolo about to hit free agency.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio ranks the Colts 29th, down one spot from last week.
Why do I have a weird feeling that this team could still win the division?
These rankings are not surprising. The Colts have continually played badly in the back half of games, and have one win to show despite a very favorable schedule. What’s more, they haven’t just lost in two of their four games, they have been absolutely annihilated.
That is the kind of thing you expect to happen to teams that belong at the bottom of the league. Until the Colts get Andrew Luck back and start to put together complete games against quality opponents, they should get comfortable down at the bottom of the rankings.