NFL Power Rankings: Miami Dolphins and 3 Bottom Feeders in Week 5

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California.   The Chargers won 26-16.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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I don't think I'm overstating things when I say that there are some bad teams in the NFL this year.

There are still a number of teams looking for their first win. Other teams have wins, but haven't inspired confidence.

The following are the three worst teams in the NFL as we head into Week 5.

Miami Dolphins

Coming into the season, I felt that the Dolphins had a chance to be a surprise playoff contender. They had a decent defense last season, and their offense looked like it had potential.

It hasn't turned out that way. The Dolphins are sitting at 0-4 and they have issues all over the field. The offense has been chief among their issues. Chad Henne has been his typical self. He has the arm to make plays, but he still turns the ball over too much. They also haven't found a way to work both Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas into the offense at the same time.

Tony Sparano has the feel of a lame duck coach at this point, and the talk of coming changes to the team has to be a distraction to the players. It's going to be a long season in Miami.

Indianapolis Colts

You really have to feel for the Colts. Coming into the season, they were looked at as contenders in the AFC once again. As long as Peyton Manning was under center, you had to figure they would be every bit as good as the have been in the past.

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Kicker Adam Viniatieri #4 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts after missing a field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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That turned out to be the problem. Manning has been out, of course, and the Colts are bad. I'm talking really bad. Their offense is stuck in neutral without their star signal caller and a defense that had been masked a little by that powerful offense has been exposed as nothing more than a run of the mill defense.

Things don't look like they are going to get any better. Curtis Painter is now at quarterback, which will only hurt the offense more.

The Colts' best chance for a win is probably this weekend against the Chiefs.

Denver Broncos

Like the Dolphins, the Broncos' problems aren't limited to the playing field. They have been bad on the field, to be sure, but they have also had a litany of distractions thanks to the melodrama that is the Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow quarterback controversy.

The bigger problem is that neither guy is the answer. Orton isn't a bad quarterback, but he hasn't had any success this season. Tebow hasn't had a real shot at proving what he has, but what we have seen hasn't been all that impressive.

The Broncos have the talent to get out of the cellar, but all the distractions might be too much for this team—a team with seemingly fragile confidence.


1. Green Bay Packers

2. New England Patriots

3. New Orleans Saints

4. Baltimore Ravens

5. San Diego Chargers

6. Detroit Lions

7. Houston Texans

8. Atlanta Falcons

9. New York Giants

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12. New York Jets

13. Tennessee Titans

14. Buffalo Bills

15. Oakland Raiders

16. Chicago Bears

17. Dallas Cowboys

18. Washington Redskins

19. Philadelphia Eagles

20. San Francisco 49ers

21. Arizona Cardinals

22. Minnesota Vikings

23. Carolina Panthers

24. Cincinnati Bengals

25. Cleveland Browns

26. Seattle Seahawks

27. Jacksonville Jaguars

28. St. Louis Rams

29. Kansas City Chiefs

30. Denver Broncos

31. Indianapolis Colts

32. Miami Dolphins


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