AFC power rankings: Where do Colts stand with Matt Ryan?

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons. (Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons. (Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports) /

With the Indianapolis Colts trading for Matt Ryan, where do they fit into the AFC power rankings amidst of a litany of teams led by star quarterbacks?

. . Houston Texans. 16. team. 10.

The Texans are going to face a long climb back, but the bounty they received for Deshaun Watson should jumpstart the trip.

. . Jacksonville Jaguars. 15. team. 52.

Nobody spent more than the Jaguars this offseason. They could rapidly rise if Trevor Lawrence gets going.

30. . . . New York Jets. 14. team

Great free agency for the Jets, but huge questions still remain at quarterback, receiver and edge.

team. 59. . . . Miami Dolphins. 13

Tough ranking for the Dolphins, but they don’t have can’t-miss franchise quarterback, and the offensive line remains a mess.

12. team. 55. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers

Mitch Trubisky isn’t winning much in this conference, even with Mike Tomlin and a very stout defense supporting him.

. New England Patriots. 11. team. 47. .

Remember when Mac Jones was the next Tom Brady? That was a fun two months. Now, reality. The Patriots don’t have near enough at quarterback to compete.

. . Las Vegas Raiders. 10. team. 28.

Raiders fans will loathe this ranking, but hear me out. Brutal division, first-year head coach, and a defense that save for the edge rush is a disaster.

9. team. 53. . . . Cleveland Browns

Ranking the Browns, Titans and Colts was very tough. Ultimately, we don’t know if Deshaun Watson will play a full slate in 2022, and that weighed heavily here.

35. . . . Tennessee Titans. 8. team

The Titans don’t have a quarterback the quality of Matt Ryan, and one wonders how long Derrick Henry can handle the enormous workload.

Indianapolis Colts. 7. team. 46. . .

Without Matt Ryan, the Colts probably rank in the bottom five teams. With him, they’re a solid playoff contender who could steal a game in the playoffs.

. . Denver Broncos. 6. team. 45.

Russell Wilson is a huge get, and the weapons are underrated. However, the West is loaded and the defense could step back after losing Vic Fangio. Still, clear playoff team.

team. 13. . . . Los Angeles Chargers. 5

The Chargers have a top-five roster in the NFL. Justin Herbert is a stud, the defense is upgraded and the weapons are great. It’s about the offensive line and Brandon Staley stepping up.

team. 56. . . . Cincinnati Bengals. 4

Calm down, Cincy. The Bengals are a contender, but can they repeat what we saw last year? Tough, especially with the Ravens figuring to be much healthier.

. Baltimore Ravens. 3. team. 26. .

No team dealt with more critical injuries than the Ravens in 2021. Baltimore added in the offseason as well. Look for the Ravens to be back this coming year.

2. team. 124. . . . Kansas City Chiefs

Still a great team, although the defense is in flux. Offensively, it’s probably the best in football. The Chiefs are going to be right there with Patrick Mahomes and Co.

Buffalo Bills. 1. team. 16. . .

After adding Von Miller, the Bills deserve the title of favorite. Also, it doesn’t hurt having much of their competition in tougher divisions.