AFC South: 2013 NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

A weekly examination of the Jaguars' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 29 | Last Week: 32 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Jaguars lost their fifth game this season -- and 10th in a row dating back to last season -- Sunday, but there is a bit of optimism around the locker room because the team did make some progress on offense. They ran the ball for a season-high 96 yards and receiver Justin Blackmon made an instant impact on the offense in his return from a four-game suspension.

The loss of left tackle Luke Joeckel (broken right ankle) is a huge blow and is another in a list of injuries that have impacted the offense, but his replacement, Cameron Bradfield, played solidly in his place against the Rams and started 12 games for the Jaguars at right tackle last season. Quarterback Chad Henne will likely start in place of Blaine Gabbert (hamstring), who has thrown seven interceptions in three starts -- including three that have been returned for touchdowns.

But the sobering reality is this is still the worst team in the NFL, and this Sunday’s matchup is against the Denver Broncos, who are averaging 46.0 points per game. The Broncos are 28-point favorites, which ties the largest spread in NFL history, and it’s hard to argue that spread is unreasonable.
A weekly examination of the Texans' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 7 | Last week: 15 | ESPN.com Power Rankings since 2002

The tumble down the Power Rankings continued this week for the Texans. This time they fell to No. 17, and find themselves one spot behind the Browns and one above the Jets. After dropping nine spots following their first loss in Week 3, the Texans have fallen two spots in each of the past two weeks. San Francisco, the team that beat the Texans 34-3 on Sunday, is ranked seventh.

A win over the St. Louis Rams this week won't likely do much for the Texans' ranking, but a loss would drop them quite a bit. The Rams are ranked 25th. But coming up on the Texans' schedule right after that are the No. 3 Chiefs.

Elsewhere in the division, the pollsters feel that not only are the Colts the best team in the AFC South, they're one of the best teams in the NFL. Indianapolis ranks fourth this week.
A weekly examination of the Colts’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 10 | Last week: 6 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

I figured the Indianapolis Colts would move up at least one spot in the rankings if they beat Seattle, but New England’s loss to Cincinnati helped them jump two spots from last week. The only thing stopping the Colts from being a top-three team are the three remaining undefeated teams in the NFL: Denver, New Orleans and Kansas City. Indianapolis plays two of those teams -- the Broncos and Chiefs -- this season. This coming week, Indianapolis goes on the road to play at San Diego, which is 20th in this week’s rankings, in its lone Monday night game of the season. The Colts will have another chance, albeit a small one, to move up next week because the Saints travel to New England to take on the Patriots this weekend. The Patriots, though, don’t have enough offensive weapons to keep up with Drew Brees and Co. The Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders. We’re not even going to talk about Denver’s opponent, because you’ve probably got a better chance of winning the lottery than the Broncos losing to the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.
A weekly examination of the Titans' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 16 | Last Week: 13 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

A loss to undefeated Kansas City didn’t dent the Titans in ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings. They fell to 3-2 in the standings and from 13th to 14th in our rankings.

The Chiefs are all the way up to third.

The Titans have four games to come against three teams that rank ahead of them, including their next two. Tennessee is at No. 5 Seattle on Sunday.

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



The high vote belongs to Insider columnist Mike Sando. The low vote is the property of Giants reporter Dan Graziano. I know each of them would love to hear from you and I encourage you to reach out.

Power Rankings for the other three AFC South teams: The Colts are fourth, the Texans are 17th, and the Jaguars are holding steady at 32nd.

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