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NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts tumbled in the power rankings after their ugly week one showing. It is not hard to see why. They have the worst coach in football and if their quarterback is still Scott Tolzien going forward, the worst quarterback in football. Add to that a defense that can’t stop the pass or get to the quarterback consistently and you have trouble.

NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison ranks the Colts 32nd, down 5 spots from last week.

You don't win too many games converting exactly zero third downs. Or throwing pick-sixes. Or allowing Jared Goff to let it rip like Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt are skipping wide open through the secondary. Holy cow, was that awful from the Colts at a not-crowded L.A. Coliseum. I wasn't sure I believed Maurice Jones-Drew when he said Indy was the worst team in the league on "The Power Rankings Show" last week. I do now.

ESPN has them at 31st, down 13 spots from last week.

Scott Tolzien threw two pick-sixes as the Colts got smashed by the Rams 46-9. Possible overreaction: Tolzien. Jacoby Brissett. It doesn't matter. If "Luck" isn't on the back of the quarterback's jersey, the Colts aren't getting anywhere near the playoffs in 2017.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Colts at 30th, down 5 spots from last week.

No Andrew Luck means no chance. They just don't have a lot of talent at other spots.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio ranks the Colts 32nd, down 6 spots from the preseason ranking.

Andrew Luck should refuse to play until he’s healthy enough to play . . . for another team.

Shutdown Corner’s Frank Schwab ranks the Colts 31st, down from 3 spots from last week.

Wow, that loss to the Rams was awful. I can’t put them No. 32 based on just one game, but another performance like that one and it’ll have to be strongly considered. Everyone assumes when Andrew Luck comes back the Colts will be competitive again, but did that look like a team that is anywhere close to being good?


I am not sure they belong at the very bottom as they are ranked by most. If Jacoby Brissett is given the green light as the starter until Luck returns, there is definitely talent in the receiver corps, and the running backs group is as solid as they have been in a very long while. Surprisingly enough, the Colts ranked 1st in the league in run defense in week one, allowing just 1.9 yards per carry. It may be that the Rams were the unlikely but perfect matchup to take advantage of how awesomely bad Scott Tolzien is.

Are the Colts a good team? No, they are not. Without Andrew Luck they are not a threat to get to the playoffs in any real way. Are they the worst team in football? I’m not buying it. The worst team in football cannot lead the league in any category in my mind. Although arguing over whether your team ranks 28th or 32nd seems like a bit of a futile issue really.

The tendency in week one is to overreact to everything. While the Colts gave us plenty to react to, and it was all very unpleasant, I think we can expect to see this team come back around. There are enough pieces in place that showed potential that it is likely this team puts a few solid games together, although any kind of real consistency might be a lot to ask given the staff and the guy throwing the football. Without Luck this is probably our reality.