Indianapolis Colts: Week 8 NFL Power Rankings (#18)

Last week: 18 (+1)

Record: 3-3

If the Colts can go into Tennessee and beat the Titans, who, by the way, have the league’s worst points differential, they’d stand at 4-3 in a horrible AFC. Their remaining schedule is as following: vs. Miami, @ Jacksonville, @ New England, vs. Buffalo, @ Detroit, vs. Tennessee, @ Houston, @ Kansas City, vs. Houston (who could be resting starters). Couldn’t they go 5-4 over those 9 games? 9-7 might do it in the AFC. 10-6 would definitely do it.

We’ve got a sleeper team for this year’s team to go from 5 wins or fewer to the playoffs. It’s between them, Miami, San Diego/Denver, and Pittsburgh for those 2 wild cards spots. The issue is that they rank 29th in yards per play differential and 18th in rate of sustaining drives differential, so stats would say they haven’t played that well. That’s why they’re a long shot, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility. The good news is they’re getting healthier finally.

Studs

LG Jeff Linkenbach: Did not allow a pressure on 37 pass block snaps, run blocked for 22 yards on 7 attempts

SS Antoine Bethea: Allowed 1 catch for 4 yards on 3 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 4 solo tackles, 2 assists

FS Tom Zbikowski: Allowed 1 catch for 2 yards on 3 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 1 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 stop

LOLB Jerry Hughes: 2 quarterback hits and 3 quarterback hurries on 35 pass rush snaps, 2 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 stop

Duds

RE Drake Nevis: Did not record a pressure on 31 pass rush snaps, no tackles

LE Ricardo Mathews: Did not record a pressure on 28 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 stop

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