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Power Rankings: No. 8 Indianapolis Colts

12/24/2013

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

Preseason: 10 | Last week: 10 | ESPN.com Ranking since 2002

A victory over the Kansas City Chiefs moved the Indianapolis Colts up only two spots in this week’s Power Rankings. The victory was impressive considering that the Colts did it on the road and they hadn’t beaten a team with a winning record since Oct. 20. But the Chiefs’ record is somewhat misleading because they’re only 2-4 against teams with a winning record this season. And the three AFC teams in front of them -- Denver, New England and Cincinnati -- are the top three teams in the conference when it comes to the seeding. Don’t expect a significant jump by the Colts next week, either, because they wrap up the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11). The best chance for the Colts to move up is if Baltimore beats Cincinnati or Buffalo beats New England, because then they'll enter the playoffs as either the No. 2 or 3 seed.

Here's how the panel voted for the Colts:

Ashley Fox: 8

Mike Sando: 10

Kevin Seifert: 7

John Clayton: 8

Dan Graziano: 9

Jamison Hensley: 8