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The Indianapolis Colts weren’t well-regarded in last week’s season-opening NFL power rankings.

Then they went to Los Angeles and … you’re aware of what happened against the Rams.

So where are the Colts now? In a couple of cases, in the league basement. But in many cases, they get an edge over the New York Jets.

And away we go.

It’s worth noting the Colts don’t have the worst roster in the NFL. However, they have a bottom-10 roster paired with a quarterback situation that is embarrassing.

There’s no reason to take pity on the Colts, though. They knew Andrew Luck was coming off shoulder surgery and did nothing to strengthen the position. Scott Tolzien is an average backup who started the opener because Indianapolis refused to properly prepare. Because of this, it’s hard to feel sorry after the 46-9 loss.

In addition to having issues at quarterback, the Colts were hampered by offensive mistakes and poor management from the sideline. Rookie running back Marlon Mack had a would-be touchdown in the first quarter that officials ruled out at the 1-yard line. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano didn’t challenge the call—Mack appeared to have broken the plane—and a touchdown was kept off the board.

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NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 13: Running back DeMarco Murray #29 of the Tennessee Titans rushes against Datone Jones #95 of the Green Bay Packers during the first half at Nissan Stadium on November 13, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Where do the Tennessee Titans stand in the NFL power rankings?

It is that time of year again. The Tennessee Titans take their inaugural spot in NFL Power Rankings.

I will look at different rankings throughout the year, but right now the ones that catch my eye are NFL.com and Bleacher Report.

Here is where each on has the Titans to start the season.

“When it comes to the young quarterbacks in the league, give me Marcus Mariota. For all the Jameis Winston and Carson Wentz hype, it still seems as though fans are sleeping on the Titans quarterback. Not in fantasy, where Mariota’s legs are absolutely a factor. Yet, his improvement, aligned with the additions of rookie receiver Corey Davis and veteran pass catcher Eric Decker, should make Tennessee the favorite in the AFC South. Now, that important third preseason game against the Bears? That sucked. And that, my friends, is the question: How much will the Titans play down to their opponents?”

-Elliot Harrison

Harrison nailed the Titans analysis for much of last season. He praised the right things and was cautious about the right things.

That trend seems to repeat itself now as he has sort of nailed what I think the Titans are.

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The Seahawks dropped their first game in nearly a month in Sunday’s 14-5 defeat at Tampa Bay, but they don’t see it as a the start of a slide.

Seattle’s offense sputtered all day long against the Bucs, giving up a season-high six sacks and failing to convert a third-down opportunity until the two-minute warning of the second half. While the defensive effort was solid following a couple of costly first-quarter drives, Tampa Bay did enough damage early to emerge with the victory.

In his Monday press conference from the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told reporters he was disappointed with the overall effort, but didn’t see it as a sign of things to come.

“I don’t think this is a trend or a turn in the wrong direction or any of that kind of stuff,” Carroll said. “I think we had a bad day out, a bad outing, but we’re going to get right this week and get back at it.”

Linebacker K.J. Wright expressed a similar sentiment after the game when asked if Sunday’s loss was simply a dud.

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