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NFL Power Rankings: Rock-Bottom Watch for League's Cellar Dwellers
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Week 13 was another bad one for the NFL's worst two teams as the St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts both continued their losing ways.

 

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts actually showed some life under new starting quarterback Dan Orlovsky, and after falling behind 31-3 to the New England Patriots, they scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Still, a loss is a loss, and they walked away from Gillette Stadium with a 31-24 defeat. 

Indianapolis dropped to 0-12 with the loss on Sunday and they really look headed for an 0-16 season. Yes, Orlovsky looked better than Curtis Painter had under center, but that's not saying a whole lot.

The Colts still rank 29th in the NFL in total offense, averaging 293.1 yards per game. Meanwhile, the defense has been just as awful, as it ranks 28th in the league allowing 387.1 yards per game.

At this point it's really hard to see Indianapolis turning things around and winning a game or two. The Colts are almost certainly headed for the top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

 

St. Louis Rams

The Rams aren't a long way behind the Colts at the bottom of the league. After getting smacked 26-0 by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, St. Louis fell to 2-10 on the season. Second-year quarterback Sam Bradford has battled injuries all season and has just not lived up to his preseason hype.

In nine games this season, Bradford has completed 179-of-328 passes (54.6 percent) for 1,971 yards, with six touchdowns and five interceptions. His passer rating of 72.3 ranks 28th out of the 31 quarterbacks who qualify.

Additionally, the Rams are 31st in the NFL in total offense (284.0 yards per game) and 23rd in total defense (allowing 366.2 yards per game). Translation: There isn't much positive going on in St. Louis. 

The Rams are almost certainly headed for a top-three pick in the 2012 draft and they need to add some offensive playmakers to the mix.

 

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

*Subject to change after Monday night's game.

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