After a week of football has shaken up what everyone thought they knew about this season, the Colts stand firmly in the middle in the minds of much of the national media. They had a strong showing against a playoff caliber team, but they importantly could not pull off a win due to special teams miscues and spotty defense. They’ll need to prove they can finish if they want to earn national respect, and far more importantly, wins.
Here’s how week 2’s power rankings shake out for the Colts:
The post-Andrew Luck Colts are not going to be a doormat. You got that feeling entering the season, and nothing changed after a hard-fought overtime loss on the road against the Chargers. The Indianapolis defense struggled to keep a very good Los Angeles offense in check, but Indy’s offense showed it can still put points on the board without their now-retired franchise passer. Jacoby Brissett played efficiently, T.Y. Hilton still produced like a star and Marlon Mack set a career high with 174 rushing yards, including a 63-yard touchdown run. One big concern comes at a place where you wouldn’t expect it: Veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri missed an extra point and two field-goal tries. Frank Reich put his support behind Vinatieri, but it goes without saying that next week will be an important one for the future Hall of Famer.
Rock Ya-Sin, who quickly moved up the depth chart during training camp, started on the outside with veteran Pierre Desir on Sunday. The second-round pick out of Temple had two tackles in his NFL debut. Unfortunately, he also had a welcome-to-the-NFL moment against the Chargers. Ya-Sin, a physical player with a high school wrestling background, couldn’t go up and muscle the ball away from Chargers receiver Keenan Allen on a 50-50 touchdown pass in the end zone in the second quarter. Safety Malik Hooker took part of the blame on the play by saying he has to be quicker to come over and help in those situations.
Marlon Mack had 174 yards and a touchdown against a talented Chargers defense. Jacoby Brissett isn’t Andrew Luck but he’ll be OK, and it’ll help a lot if Mack takes pressure off of him.
RB Marlon Mack (100-yard rusher in three of last four outings), sticky-fingered S Malik Hooker may emerge as stars for team that needs some.
Ever since Andrew Luck’s stunning retirement, we’ve all been wondering what the Indianapolis Colts would look like with Jacoby Brissett at the helm.
The answer is not bad.
Yes, the Colts fell in overtime to the Chargers. But it isn’t Brissett’s fault that the defense allowed 30 points and let the Bolts drive the opening kick of OT in for a game-winning touchdown.
The Colts offense held up their end of the bargain. Brissett threw a pair of scoring strikes to TY Hilton and posted a passer rating over 120. Marlon Mack gashed the Chargers for 174 yards on 25 carries. All told, the Colts tallied a respectable 376 yards of total offense.
However, the Colts defense allowed 435.
”These Colts are better than I expected,” Davenport said. “Combine that with an impressive outing from Tennessee and Jacksonville’s disaster under center, and the AFC South may well be even more wide-open than I thought—unless the Texans take charge of the division.”
”The Brissett-led Colts gave the Chargers everything they could handle,” Sobleski added. “Normally, a loss causes a squad to tumble in the rankings. Instead, the shock of Luck’s retirement has worn off, and everyone realized Indianapolis is still pretty good after going toe-to-toe with one of the AFC’s best teams.”
AFC South Rival Rankings
USA Today: 16th
Bleacher Report: 11th
USA Today: 24th
Bleacher Report: 23rd
USA Today: 8th
Bleacher Report: 16th