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A rebuilding Cleveland squad came into Indy as a slight favorite but the Colts were able to overcome a slow start, and a brutal second half, to squeak out their first victory. A win is a win but it doesn’t appear the national media was overly impressed. As you can see, the Colts moved up in most rankings but a lot of attention was focused on who didn’t play rather than who did.

NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison ranks the Colts 29th, up two spots from last week.

Much to look forward to with the Colts. OK, we get it; They beat the Browns. Still, Jacoby Brissett showed more than a little something, beyond simply being Andrew Luck's caddy for the rest of his career. The throw to T.Y. Hilton to set up Indy's first score was a beauty. So were other downfield throws to the Colts WR1. His circle-button move on Cleveland's front seven on his second rushing touchdown was awesome. Rashaan Melvin's first interception was awesome-er. Melvin eventually went back for seconds, too. The only downside here is that Indianapolis almost blew its 28-7 lead. The defense still really...isn't good.

ESPN has them 30th, same as last week.

Jacoby Brissett: 50.9 Total QBR. Brissett has more rushing touchdowns (three) in his career than passing (one), but his two rushing touchdowns in Week 3 helped the Colts earn their first win of the season. He'll likely need to yield more from his arm with a trip to Seattle looming this weekend, assuming Andrew Luck is still out.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Colts at 26th, up four spots from last week.

Jacoby Brissett had a nice game against the Browns, but now comes a real test: At Seattle against the Legion of Boom.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio ranks the Colts 28th, up four spots from last week.

Andrew, let us know when it’s time to stop panicking.

Shutdown Corner’s Frank Schwab ranks the Colts 29th, up two spots from last week.

Give the coaching staff credit for getting quarterback Jacoby Brissett up to speed quickly and putting him in position to succeed. I’m still surprised the Patriots traded Brissett so quickly, with Jimmy Garoppolo set to be a free agent next offseason. Brissett has a nice skill set.

Unlike last week, there are differing opinions of what to make of the Colts performance and, more specifically, that of Jacoby Brissett. In terms of Brissett and what he may bring to the table as an NFL quarterback, I think I agree more with Frank Schwab than I do with Elliot Harrison.

I’m not one to engage in sensationalism and hint at a quarterback controversy, however, I do believe Brissett has some ability as a playmaker and I’ll gladly take him as a backup. As he gets more reps at practice and gains more knowledge of the playbook, he is only going to get better.

Just look at the difference from week two to week three as he and TY hooked up for several big plays, including a 61 yard catch and run for a touchdown. Jacoby has shown great poise in the pocket and doesn’t seem to get rattled when things break down (remember this play?). Again, I’m not claiming he’s anything more than a young quarterback with a few good quarters under his belt, but I can definitely say that I’m beyond pleased by his play thus far.

Harrison also didn’t speak too fondly of the Colt’s defense and, again, I’m not in buying what he’s selling. The poor second half was more about scheme than it was about actual talent on the field. Pagano said he didn’t think DeShone Kizer could beat them through the air and he was sort of right. Indy escaped with the win but it didn’t need to be so close.

The Colts came into the game very thin at cornerback but, just like last week, the young guys came out and performed well. I still like the run defense and, outside of a few runs early, they played pretty well. The secondary will improve as guys get healthy and the young guys continue to grow and develop. Experience is the best teacher and they’re making the most of their opportunity.

Andrew Luck’s health is still the focal point for many, and that’s fair, but let’s enjoy watching Jacoby Brissett lead the offense for now. The Colts have plenty of room to grow on both sides of the ball but if they can find a way to win on the road this week, in what is probably the most hostile environment in professional sports, the confidence level for this team will be through the roof.

Last week I basically said the AFC South was a dumpster fire but performances this past Sunday by the other three teams may indicate otherwise. In order for the Colts to make a run at the division, they will need to win games like this one against Seattle.

What do you think? Do you agree with where the Colts are sitting in the power rankings? Are they underrated or are they rated appropriately? If the Colts win this Sunday at Seattle, do you think they will make a significant jump? Will they have a real quarterback controversy on their hands if they find a way to win a few games in a row? Share your thoughts below.