Power Rankings: No. 6 Indianapolis Colts

A weekly examination of the Colts’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 10 | Last Week: 4 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The opportunity was there for the Colts (4-2) to move into the top three of the Power Rankings after Tom Brady, of all people, helped them out by leading the New England Patriots over the then-undefeated New Orleans Saints on Sunday. But the Colts couldn’t take advantage of Brady's kindness by beating the San Diego Chargers. That’s what happens when the defense can’t get off the field and the receivers are dropping passes from quarterback Andrew Luck.

Speaking of dropping, it’s a little surprising the Colts didn’t fall further in the rankings since San Diego had a losing record heading into the game. Based off of this week’s rankings, the Colts are still the fourth-best team in the AFC. But they could fall even further in next week’s rankings because there’s a certain quarterback -- you may have heard of him -- returning to Indianapolis this weekend. The Colts host Peyton Manning and the undefeated Denver Broncos (6-0) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night before heading into their bye week.