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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 4 Indianapolis Colts

By Mike Wells

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

Preseason: 10 | Last week: 6 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

I figured the Indianapolis Colts would move up at least one spot in the rankings if they beat Seattle, but New England’s loss to Cincinnati helped them jump two spots from last week. The only thing stopping the Colts from being a top-three team are the three remaining undefeated teams in the NFL: Denver, New Orleans and Kansas City. Indianapolis plays two of those teams -- the Broncos and Chiefs -- this season. This coming week, Indianapolis goes on the road to play at San Diego, which is 20th in this week’s rankings, in its lone Monday night game of the season. The Colts will have another chance, albeit a small one, to move up next week because the Saints travel to New England to take on the Patriots this weekend. The Patriots, though, don’t have enough offensive weapons to keep up with Drew Brees and Co. The Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders. We’re not even going to talk about Denver’s opponent, because you’ve probably got a better chance of winning the lottery than the Broncos losing to the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.