Maybe you don’t feel the same way as I do, but I am always in favor of a Colts win. I know there are a lot of people on the tanking hype train, but I was glad from a fan perspective to watch the Colts scrape out a win last week. Division wins are always great, and that’s a game the Colts have lost in the past against the Texans, so it was nice to see.
Given that win, the Colts have made some moves up the board in this week’s power rankings. Here is a look:
ESPN has the Colts holding steady at 29th.
The Colts have won three games yet have the worst point differential in the NFL this season -- and there are two winless teams. If Andrew Luck were healthy, this season could be totally different. But unfortunately for Indianapolis, that isn't the case.
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Colts jumping all the way to 24th from 30th.
Rough week for the Colts in the social media/internet stratosphere. Or the gutter of the internet, depending on your feelings about certain web-based platforms. Shutting down a franchise quarterback -- after several years of failing to protect him -- will engender that kind of response. Yet, behind it all, this 2017 team keeps fighting. Jacoby Brissett, in particular. The second-year QB continues to get pub in this space because of the way he competes. Minus a sack where the gutsy quarterback got lambasted -- and coughed up the football, giving the Texans a scoop-and-score -- he was brilliantly effective: 20 for 30, 308 yards and two scores. Last thought: Bet you a Mountain Dew that GM Chris Ballard builds the cohesive support system around Luck that his predecessor never did.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Colts up to 26th from 29th.
Andrew Luck may be gone for the year, but there are some young players showing up to build upon for the future. That's always a good thing.
Frank Schwab of Shutdown Corner has the Colts up 3 spots to 27th.
The fact that the Colts have three wins places a harsher spotlight on the 49ers and Browns. The Colts’ roster probably isn’t better than either one of those winless teams’ rosters, but they’ve still found some wins.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has the Colts at 28th.
It’s probably good that they have Jacoby Brissett under contract for two more years.