NFL Power Rankings: Rock Bottom Watch for League's Cellard Dwellers

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIINovember 28, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Sam Acho #94 and Darnell Dockett #90 both of the Arizona Cardinals sack Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 27, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Rams 23-20.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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We are one game from being through 12 weeks of the 2012 NFL season and by now it is perfectly clear which teams occupy the league's basement.

The Indianapolis Colts dropped to an abysmal 0-11 thanks to a 27-19 home loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Without star quarterback Peyton Manning under center, the Colts have looked downright awful all season. 

Indianapolis currently ranks 31st in total offense, averaging just 280 yards per game, while the team's defense ranks 29th in the league, surrendering 389.4 yards per game. The Colts are also allowing an NFL-worst 29.7 points per game. To put it plainly, by virtually every measure Indianapolis is the worst team in the NFL.

I don't see how things could get any worse in the Circle City, as I think the franchise is resting at rock bottom.

While the Colts are winless, the St. Louis Rams might as well be. The Rams are 2-9 after a 23-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. St. Louis has missed second-year quarterback Sam Bradford for stretches this season and that has certainly contributed to the team's dismal record. But Bradford is just one man and it would take a lot more than him to really turn things around in St. Louis. 

When he has played this season, Bradford hasn't exactly been a stud. He has completed 179 of 328 passes (54.6 percent) for 1,971 yards, with six touchdowns and five interceptions. His quarterback rating of 72.3 ranks 31st out of the 33 passers who qualify.

Bradford needs to get a whole lot better if the Rams really want to be taken seriously as a contender in the future. Right now they are just plain awful and there isn't much hope for this season to end on a positive note.

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

*Subject to change pending outcome of Monday night's Saints-Giants contest