Jaguars finally land in right spot in ESPN NFL Power Rankings


The Jacksonville Jaguars' spot in the ESPN NFL Power Rankings finally makes sense.

After back-to-back weeks of befuddling movement, the Jaguars are now No. 31 -- one spot ahead of their upcoming opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's exactly where the team deserves to be.

The Jaguars' 16-13 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts, who were without QB Andrew Luck, was inexcusable. As they were when Peyton Manning was throwing passes, the Colts are a significantly different -- and worse -- team without Luck. Veteran Matt Hasselbeck -- who is 40 years old and last started a game in 2012 -- delivered a big throw in overtime and got the Colts in position for Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal.

The Colts had given up 80 points in their first three games and Tennessee and rookie QB Marcus Mariota had put up 33 the week before, but the Jaguars somehow managed only one touchdown at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here's how ridiculous the Jaguars' performance was: They totaled 421 yards, QB Blake Bortles threw for 298, T.J. Yeldon rushed for 105 yards and Allen Hurns caught 11 passes for 116 yards and still lost.

Now comes a key game for the Jaguars on Sunday in Raymond James Stadium against the Bucs. This is their best chance at a victory until a Thursday night home game against Tennessee on Nov. 19. Lose this game and the calls for coach Gus Bradley's firing will be even louder.

Not to mention they'll own the Power Rankings cellar.

At least that's understandable when it comes to the ranking. The Jaguars beat Miami on Sept. 20 yet dropped one spot. They lost to New England 52-17 on Sept. 27 and rose two spots.