What is anyone supposed to make of a 1-1-1 team?
The Indianapolis Colts had a familiar rough season opener that ended with a tie, followed by a shutout loss and then an upset victory. That's giving the folks who rank NFL teams whiplash.
Meanwhile, people are starting to believe in the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Frank Schwab, Yahoo: 13th, up 1 spot from last week
Jacksonville Jaguars are 10th, up from 25th
The Colts can't worry about how it looked, they needed a win and got it against a good Chiefs team. They get the Titans at home this week and if they win that, they'll be right back on track in the AFC South. A suddenly huge rematch against the Jaguars comes early, in Week 6.
Nate Davis, USA TODAY: 16th, up 16
Jaguars are 11th, up from 22nd
Yes, they're ricocheting throughout these rankings, much as their collective play has been all over the place. But maybe new QB Matt Ryan is starting to settle in after delivering an upset of K.C. … and maybe he's got a nifty new weapon in 6-7 rookie TE Jelani Woods, who scored twice Sunday.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: 18th, up 9
Jaguars are 14th, up from 25th
The Colts pulled a classic game under Frank Reich: Digging deep for a big win against the Chiefs at home when their backs were against the wall after two lousy road performances. They should have more confidence they can beat anybody again with a clean game plan even without a dominant Jonathan Taylor.
Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network: Colts are a 1-win team that might contend
Jaguars are a 'wait-and-see' 2-win team
A week after the Colts looked like they could be one of the five worst teams in the NFL, they beat one of the five best teams in the league. How very NFL of them that is.
The NFL has become a show like college football. It’s as unpredictable as ever. The randomness of teams week-to-week and play-to-play make predictions a practice in futility.
Indianapolis completely disrupted the Chiefs’ rushing attack and did everything they could to stop Travis Kelce from killing them. Kansas City didn’t look sharp offensively, but the Colts deserve credit for rebounding from a week ago.
Bleacher Report: 16th, up 10
Jaguars are 10th, up from 25th
The win doesn't fix all that ails the Colts. Indy's floundering offense struggled again, barely cracking 250 yards. But on some level, that doesn't matter. How the Colts won was less important than finding a way to break into the win column.
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: 18th, up 14
Jaguars are 11th, up from 18th
Does that win justify hanging a banner?
Austin Gayle, The Ringer: 17th, up 1
Jaguars are 13th, up from 22nd
My hand’s up, I did not see the Colts picking up their first win of the season against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, whose previous two gigs were in the AFC West, has struggled against Mahomes in the past, while the Colts’ offense was shut out a week ago against Jacksonville. This was an ugly game for both teams, but Matt Ryan and the Colts ultimately shot themselves in the foot less than the Chiefs did. A questionable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called on Chiefs’ DT Chris Jones for “abusive language” and two missed kicks — a PAT and 34-yard field goal — by backup kicker Matt Ammendola all played into the surprising loss for KC. But give credit to Ryan, who showed up when it mattered and won the game for Indy with a go-ahead touchdown to rookie Jelani Woods late in the fourth quarter. Ryan isn’t his former MVP self, but he’s still capable of being that guy whenever the Colts can find a way to keep games close.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: 17th, up 8
Jaguars are 9th, up from 22nd
That was a nice bounce-back victory against the Chiefs. The defense played well and Matt Ryan made enough plays to win it.
This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: NFL power rankings: Colts surge after upset win over Chiefs