NFL Power Rankings: Gauging Which Teams Are in the Biggest Trouble

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIINovember 2, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 30:  Curtis Painter #7 of the Indianapolis Colts is sacked by Jason Jones #91 of the Tennessee Titans during the NFL game at LP Field on October 30, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Colts lost 27-10.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins and the Indianapolis Colts are on pace to set records for futility this season. Both teams are likely the favorites to at least be in position to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, but each roster has so many holes that Luck alone wouldn't provide a fix for either franchise.

The Dolphins fell to 0-7 on Sunday after a second straight come from ahead loss. In Week 8 Miami blew a 17-10 fourth-quarter lead en route to losing to the New York Giants 20-17. With Matt Moore as the Dolphins' only real option at quarterback, they are likely to remain terrible for the rest of the season.

Despite the fact that Reggie Bush and rookie Daniel Thomas have given life to a dormant running game, Miami is probably the worst team in the league right now.

The Dolphins' biggest problem is the fact that they simply can't put points on the board. Their anemic offense is putting up just 15.3 points per game. Meanwhile, head coach Tony Sparano is all but already fired, which means it will be nearly impossible for him to inspire his hapless team. 

There is no reason to believe Miami will turn things around any time soon, and they are in serious danger of making all the wrong kinds of history.

Everyone knew the Colts would struggle this season with star quarterback Peyton Manning missing time because of neck surgery. But I don't think anyone expected Indianapolis to be 0-8 and looking like one of the worst teams in the NFL.

The Colts looked awful this weekend dropping a 27-10 decision to the Tennessee Titans. Their once feared offense is gaining just 294.9 yards per game, which ranks 30th in the NFL, while their defense is worse, ranking 31st league-wide in yards allowed, surrendering 402.9 per game.

Things are just awful in Indianapolis right now. The Colts are stuck with Curtis Painter at quarterback, Pro Bowl tight end Dallas Clark has had the drops all season and suddenly Reggie Wayne hasn't looked like himself. 

Simply put, the Colts have shown almost no signs of life all season, and the quarterback position is just one of many holes on the roster. The future in Indianapolis is cloudy and it will take far more than just adding a young quarterback to fix things. 

NFL Power Rankings, Week 9

1. Green Bay Packers (7-0)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
3. San Francisco 49ers (6-1)
4. New England Patriots (5-2)
5. Detroit Lions (6-2)
6. Buffalo Bills (5-2)
7. New Orleans Saints (5-3)
8. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
9. Houston Texans (5-3)
10. New York Giants (5-2)
11. New York Jets (4-3)
12. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)
13. Atlanta Falcons (4-3)
14. Oakland Raiders (4-3)
15. San Diego Chargers (4-3)
16. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3)
18. Chicago Bears (4-3)
19. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
20. Tennessee Titans (4-3)
21. Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
22. Cleveland Browns (3-4)
23. Washington Redskins (3-4)
24. Seattle Seahawks (2-5)
25. Minnesota Vikings (2-6)
26. Carolina Panthers (2-6)
27. Denver Broncos (2-5)
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)
29. Arizona Cardinals (1-6)
30. St. Louis Rams (1-6)
31. Indianapolis Colts (0-8)
32. Miami Dolphins (0-7)