NFL Power Rankings: Lifeboats, please

October, 11, 2011
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The AFC South is not heading for NFC West territory. I think Matt Schaub, despite having a bad end of the game against Oakland, and a revitalized Matt Hasselbeck assure us of that.

But after an 0-4 Sunday, the division is plummeting in the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings.

Collectively, the Texans, Titans, Jaguars and Colts lost 17 spots in the new poll. Collectively, it averages 20.6th. That’s good for seventh out of the eight divisions, ahead of only the aforementioned NFC West.

The Colts blew a 17-point lead to Kansas City to drop to 0-5, and now rank dead last in our poll. Owner Jim Irsay said at owners meetings in Houston that if they were in position to make the pick, the team would consider drafting Andrew Luck.

How the mighty have fallen.

My ballot accounts for one-fifth of the Power Rankings. You can contact me about my part in the poll through my mailbag or via Twitter.

Here’s the AFC South:


As for my complete ballot, the number in parenthesis is where I had the team ranked last week.
1) Green Bay (1)

2) New England (2)

3) New Orleans (3)

4) Baltimore (4)

5) Detroit (5)

6) Buffalo (8)

7) Pittsburgh (10)

8) Houston (6)

9) Oakland (11)

10) Tennessee (9)

11) Washington (12)

12) San Diego (15)

13) San Francisco (17)

14) Tampa Bay (7)

15) NY Giants (13)

16) NY Jets (14)

17) Dallas (16)

18) Cincinnati (23)

19) Chicago (18)

20) Atlanta (19)

21) Philadelphia (20)

22) Seattle (26)

23) Carolina (22)

24) Arizona (21)

25) Cleveland (24)

26) Jacksonville (25)

27) Kansas City (28)

28) Denver (27)

29) Minnesota (32)

30) St. Louis (29)

31) Miami (30)

32) Indianapolis (31)

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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