AFC South: 2013 NFL Week 8 Power Rankings

Power Rankings: No. 26 Houston Texans

October, 22, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Houston Texans' ESPN.com Power Ranking.

Preseason: 7 | Last week: 22 | ESPN.com Power Rankings since 2002

Though the Houston Texans see reasons for optimism after Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN.com's experts will let them prove it first. The Texans fell to No. 26 in this week's Power Rankings. They are just below the Pittsburgh Steelers and one spot above the St. Louis Rams, who beat the Texans by 25 points two weeks ago.

The Texans' rankings ranged from 20 to 28. The Chiefs are ranked first and the Indianapolis Colts are second after a win over the Denver Broncos, who are now ranked third. This week's rankings illustrate how difficult Houston's schedule is this year and how difficult it already has been.

They've already played two of the teams ranked in the top five -- the Chiefs and No. 4 Seahawks. The San Francisco 49ers, to whom the Texans lost three weeks ago, are ranked sixth. Coming up immediately after this week's bye, they'll play the Colts.

Power Rankings: No. 32 Jacksonville

October, 22, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Jaguars' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

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

Any argument that existed for moving the Jaguars out of the cellar in the ESPN.com Power Rankings after their performance against Denver quickly evaporated this past Sunday. The Jaguars had another abysmal performance at home against San Diego in a 24-6 loss and cemented their hold on No. 32.

The Chargers gained 434 total yards, rushed for 158 yards, converted 58 percent of their third-down attempts (7-for-12), and had a 15-minute edge in time of possession (37:30 to 22:30). Quarterback Philip Rivers completed 22 of 26 passes and had a passer rating of 125.2.

The Jaguars threw for more than 300 yards but managed just two field goals. Receiver Cecil Shorts also dropped two potential touchdown passes.

Unfortunately for the Jaguars, that has been a typical performance at EverBank Field this season. They have been outscored 89-11 at home and haven’t scored a touchdown there since 9:34 remained in the first quarter of a Week 16 game last season.

Up next for the winless Jaguars (0-7) are the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers (5-2) on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London before their bye week.
A weekly examination of the Titans' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

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

A third consecutive loss only cost the Titans one spot in ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings. It says, I think, a lot more about the teams behind Tennessee than it does about Tennessee.

The team that beat the Titans, the 49ers, moved up one slot to sixth.

So the Titans have losses to the first, fourth, sixth and 26th teams in the poll and wins over No. 12, No. 15 and No. 25.

Tennessee is off this week before visiting No. 27 St. Louis.

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



The high vote belongs to ESPN senior writer John Clayton. The low vote is the property of Giants reporter Dan Graziano. I am sure they’d love to hear from you.

In the AFC South, the Colts have climbed all the way to second. The free-falling Texans are 26th and the Jaguars are holding steady at 32nd.

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