NFL Power Rankings: Which Teams Are Inexcusably Awful?

Alexander DiegelCorrespondent IIIOctober 31, 2011

NFL Power Rankings: Which Teams Are Inexcusably Awful?

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    I understand Andrew Luck is the highest-rated quarterback prospect in a generation, but come on, guys. You could at least pretend you want to win some games.

    For all the brilliance of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, there are a handful of teams out there that have that feel to them. Some are playing just all-around bad football and other seem to be finding new ways to lose.

    Here is a "power" ranking of the leaders in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.  

5) Indianapolis Colts

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    The Indianapolis Colts escape a higher ranking on this list due to the key word "inexcusable." Losing Peyton Manning is a pretty good excuse for having an awful season. 

    The Colts have been competitive all year, with the exception of that 62-7 beat down the New Orleans Saints handed them. The defense has been pretty bad, and I understand Manning has never taken a snap on D. 

    That defense is built to play with a lead, so there is even a Manning effect there. The Colts defense is too small to take the punishing runs of a team with a lead. The Colts are dead even with the Miami Dolphins in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. Could we be seeing the next Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers scenario in Indianapolis? 

4) Washington Redskins

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    Mike Shanahan made believers out of his Washington Redskins, and even made some out of the rest of the NFL through the season's first few weeks. 

    Now all it seems that they have done is eliminate themselves from the race for Andrew Luck. The Redskins have nothing but questions at quarterback, and the league is catching up to their running game. The defense was supposed to carry this team, but it's only average.

    The defense's rankings will probably drop as opposing offenses spend more and more time on the field. Judging by their current situation and their schedule, the Redskins may win only one more game this season (Nov. 13 at the Miami Dolphins). 

3) Arizona Cardinals

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    Larry Fitzgerald is still an Arizona Cardinal, so is the coaching staff that got them to Super Bowl 43. The defense is the same, just good enough to win as long as you put a lot of points on the board. All that was missing is the quarterback. 

    So, they have to give up their best defensive player and a second-round pick for Kevin Kolb, who is the solution to all their problems, right? Wrong. The Cardinals better hope these are just growing pains because they invested a lot of talent and a lot of money in Kolb. 

    The first-year starter has been pretty awful. His 77.8 quarterback rating can only be considered a success if you compare it the bums they had playing in 2010. 

2) St. Louis Rams

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    The St. Louis Rams were the trendy pick to win the NFC West, but man have they stunk. Sam Bradford has had a sophomore slump for the ages and the rest of the team is not doing much better. 

    The Rams just scored more than one touchdown in a game for the first time this season in their surprising win over the New Orleans Saints. That it came with A.J. Feeley at the helm is even more shocking. 

    Steven Jackson is once again the lone bright spot on an awful team. A player of his caliber deserves better. 

1) Miami Dolphins

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    Congratulations, Tony Sparano, you may have coached your team to the most-heralded quarterback prospect since John Elway. Your reward? A first-class ticket out of town. 

    Yes, I doubt Sparano will be around to see Andrew Luck suit up in the teal and orange, but the Dolphins seem to be a lock as the NFL's worst team. Provided they don't do something stupid like win a couple of games at the the end of the year, there are some nice pieces to work with.

    Brandon Marshall is a monster, he just needs someone to throw him the ball. Reggie Bush is having the most productive season of his career. The former No. 2 overall pick is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, doing so between the tackles and finishing runs. Provided he stays healthy, Bush is on his way to his first 1,000-yard season.