AFC South: 2013 NFL Week 3 Power Rankings

Power Rankings: No. 4 Houston Texans

September, 17, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Texans' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 7 | Last week: 6 | ESPN.com Power Rankings since 2002

The Texans continue their climb up ESPN.com's Power Rankings after a 30-24 overtime win against the Tennessee Titans. Their rise speaks to the Titans' improvement, too. Beating a good team in overtime earns respect. Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Titans have the second-best turnover margin in the league.

Now the Texans trail only Seattle (No. 1), Denver (No. 2) and San Francisco (No. 3). Two of those teams will face the Texans in the next three weeks, giving Houston an opportunity to prove it belongs among the best teams in the NFL. If the Texans can come out of their next three games undefeated, I think it'd be hard for our pollsters to keep them out of the top spot. That will be a tough challenge, though, as the Texans will face Baltimore on the road before Seattle at home and San Francisco on the road. It could be a defining stretch of games.

Power Rankings: No. 14 Indianapolis Colts

September, 17, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Colts’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 10 | Last Week: 12 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The voters did the Indianapolis Colts a favor dropping them only two spots because I would have dropped them further. Kevin Seifert and Dan Graziano, two of the six voters, both had the Colts at 15 in this week’s rankings. I agree with them. There was no excuse for Indianapolis to lose to the Miami Dolphins last weekend. The Colts outgained the Dolphins and were better on third down, but they hurt themselves too many times. Missing a field goal after not being able to gain a yard to keep the drive going on second and third down. Tight end Coby Fleener's touchdown being negated because of Reggie Wayne being called for an illegal shift. Andrew Luck's interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

The Colts will be ranked even lower next week when the rankings come out. They’re on the road playing against a San Francisco 49ers team that got worked over by Seattle last weekend. Expect to see a lot of read-option with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. And you’ll see vintage 49ers defense, not the unit that faced Green Bay and Seattle in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.

Power Rankings: No. 32 Jacksonville

September, 17, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Jaguars' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 31 | Last Week: 32 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

To quote Florida coach Will Muschamp: "Church mice."

That's all I heard when I challenged myself to come up with a reason -- any reason -- the Jaguars should not be last in the Power Rankings that were released Tuesday.

There are seven other winless teams (Washington, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and the New York Giants) and surely an argument for one of them being No. 32 could be made. But after looking at the numbers, there wouldn't be any legitimate argument.

The Jaguars are last in the league in total offense (213.0 yards per game), yards per play (3.2) and scoring (5.5 points per game). They're 28th in passing, (160.2 ypg), 30th in rushing (52.5 ypg) and 31st in rush defense (173.5 ypg). The only Jaguars players you can find near the top of any ranking are punter Bryan Anger, who leads the league in punts (19) and yardage (905), and linebacker Paul Posluszny, who is tied for ninth with 19 tackles.

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