AFC South: 2013 NFL Week 15 Power Rankings

Power Rankings: No. 32 Houston Texans

December, 10, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Texans' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 7 | Last Week: 32 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

It should come as no surprise that after last week's uninspired performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Houston Texans remain at the bottom of our Power Rankings. This time, all six voters ranked the Texans last.

Houston first dove to the bottom after their first loss to the Jaguars, who had held that spot for most of the season. The Jaguars, though are rising, having won four of their last five games. Jacksonville is now ranked 29th.

The Texans travel to Indianapolis next, with the Colts ranked 11th. Houston's following opponent is second-ranked Denver in the season's last home game. The Titans, whom the Texans play in their season finale, rank 22nd.

Power Rankings: No. 29 Jaguars

December, 10, 2013
12/10/13
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A weekly examination of the Jaguars' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 29 | Last Week: 31 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

A three-game winning streak -- the franchise’s first since 2010 -- has lifted the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) two spots in this week’s ESPN.com Power Rankings. They’re No. 29, the first time this season they’ve been out of the 30s.

Four of the six voters believe they should be higher, too. Jamison Hensley had the Jaguars 26th, John Clayton had them 27th, and Ashley Fox and Dan Graziano had them 28th.

The Jaguars are ahead of the Atlanta Falcons (3-10), Washington Redskins (3-10) and Houston Texans (2-11).

Power Rankings: No. 11 Indianapolis Colts

December, 10, 2013
12/10/13
2:00
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A weekly examination of the Colts’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 10 | Last week: 9 | ESPN.com Ranking since 2002

The Colts continued their trend of win a game, lose the next when they were beaten by Cincinnati on Sunday. They've maintained that pattern for the past six weeks. So in keeping with tradition, Indianapolis dropped in this week's Power Rankings. They haven't beaten a team with a winning record since defeating the Denver Broncos on Oct. 20. Quarterback Andrew Luck still has yet to lose back-to-back games in the NFL. He'll look to keep that record perfect when they host the Houston Texans on Sunday. The Colts are probably set as the No. 4 seed and will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC playoffs, so they'll use the final three games to try to find some kind of rhythm with the running backs and receivers on offense and improve their struggling defense. The Colts and Chiefs play Dec. 22 in Kansas City.

Here's how the voters ranked the Colts:

Ashley Fox: 10

Mike Sando: 14

Kevin Seifert: 11

John Clayton: 11

Dan Graziano: 11

Jamison Hensley: 10
A weekly examination of the Titans' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 16 | Last Week: 21| ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Titans’ blowout loss in Denver didn’t hurt Tennessee much in the eyes of the people who vote for the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings.

Tennessee dropped just one slot to 22nd.

Next up: The No. 10 Arizona Cardinals at LP Field on Sunday.

Here’s our weekly update on where the Titans stand:

 

The high vote belongs to ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton, who has consistently liked the Titans a touch more than the other voters. ESPN.com NFL writer Kevin Seifert cast the low vote.

The rest of the AFC South: The Colts are down to 11th while the Jaguars and the Texans remain 31st and 32nd, respectively.

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