AFC South: 2013 NFL Week 17 Power Rankings

Power Rankings: No. 8 Indianapolis Colts

December, 24, 2013
A weekly examination of the Colts’ Power Ranking:

Preseason: 10 | Last week: 10 | Ranking since 2002

A victory over the Kansas City Chiefs moved the Indianapolis Colts up only two spots in this week’s Power Rankings. The victory was impressive considering that the Colts did it on the road and they hadn’t beaten a team with a winning record since Oct. 20. But the Chiefs’ record is somewhat misleading because they’re only 2-4 against teams with a winning record this season. And the three AFC teams in front of them -- Denver, New England and Cincinnati -- are the top three teams in the conference when it comes to the seeding. Don’t expect a significant jump by the Colts next week, either, because they wrap up the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11). The best chance for the Colts to move up is if Baltimore beats Cincinnati or Buffalo beats New England, because then they'll enter the playoffs as either the No. 2 or 3 seed.

Here's how the panel voted for the Colts:

Ashley Fox: 8

Mike Sando: 10

Kevin Seifert: 7

John Clayton: 8

Dan Graziano: 9

Jamison Hensley: 8

Power Rankings: No. 29 Jacksonville

December, 24, 2013
A weekly examination of the Jaguars' Power Ranking:

Preseason: 29 | Last Week: 29 | Power Ranking since 2002

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11) have lost two in a row after a three-game winning streak, but they've been in both games despite a lineup that is decimated by injuries. That has been good enough to keep them at No. 29 in the Power Rankings for the third week in a row.

The Jaguars started Sunday’s game against Tennessee down five starters and lost two more starters during the game, one of which was a replacement for one of the original five missing starters. Still, the Jaguars were up 16-6 before eventually losing 20-16.

Teams Nos. 30-32 are Oakland, Washington and Houston.

Here’s a breakdown of where the six voters ranked the Jaguars:

Ashley Fox, John Clayton and Dan Graziano had the Jaguars 29th. Jamison Hensley and Mike Sando had them 28th. Kevin Seifert had them 25th.

Power Rankings: No. 32 Houston Texans

December, 24, 2013
A weekly look at the Texans' Power Ranking:

Preseason: 7 | Last Week: 32 | Power Ranking since 2002

Just as the Houston Texans can fall out of the running for the No. 1 overall draft pick with a win on Sunday in Tennessee, they might also be able to avoid finishing the season as the worst-ranked team in the NFL.

Again this week, the Texans were unanimous selections for No. 32, but Washington was a near-unanimous selection for No. 31. Should the Texans win and the Redskins lose, I'd say there's a chance the voters consider that Houston's strength of schedule was tougher than Washington's. Of course, if the Texans' record remains the worst in the NFL after Week 17, they'll deserve to stay right where they are.

Elsewhere, a win over the Texans didn't bump the Denver Broncos into the top spot. Even with its loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle remained on its perch.

The Titans, this week's opponent for the Texans, rank 21st.

Power Rankings: No. 21 Tennessee Titans

December, 24, 2013
A weekly examination of the Titans' Power Ranking:

Preseason: 16 | Last Week: 21 | Power Ranking since 2002

The Titans' win at Jacksonville kept Tennessee in the same position in the eyes of the people who vote for the NFL Power Rankings.

Next up: The No. 32 Houston Texans at LP Field in the season finale. The Titans account for one of Houston's two wins this season, a 30-24 overtime game on Sept. 15.

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

Multiple voters had the Titans 21st and multiple voters have them 22nd.

The rest of the AFC South: The Colts are up to eighth, the Jaguars are 29th.