A weekly examination of the Colts’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 10 | Last Week: 12 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The voters did the Indianapolis Colts a favor dropping them only two spots because I would have dropped them further. Kevin Seifert and Dan Graziano, two of the six voters, both had the Colts at 15 in this week’s rankings. I agree with them. There was no excuse for Indianapolis to lose to the Miami Dolphins last weekend. The Colts outgained the Dolphins and were better on third down, but they hurt themselves too many times. Missing a field goal after not being able to gain a yard to keep the drive going on second and third down. Tight end Coby Fleener's touchdown being negated because of Reggie Wayne being called for an illegal shift. Andrew Luck's interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
The Colts will be ranked even lower next week when the rankings come out. They’re on the road playing against a San Francisco 49ers team that got worked over by Seattle last weekend. Expect to see a lot of read-option with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. And you’ll see vintage 49ers defense, not the unit that faced Green Bay and Seattle in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.