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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The AFC South standing in Power Rankings

By Paul Kuharsky

Here are the new ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings, with the AFC South dropping to second overall with a 13.7 average placement. The AFC North is at 13.1.

Jacksonville’s defeat of Indy dropped the Colts to ninth, with the Texans now ranking as the division’s top team at seventh.

I kept the Steelers at No. 1 despite their loss to Baltimore. A narrow loss to the Ravens is no huge résumé denter, and I just didn’t feel like anyone else made a claim to move up. With Ben Roethlisberger coming back I still feel like Pittsburgh stands as the best team a month into the season.

Please keep in mind I’m just one-fourth of the Power Rankings. You can see the four ballots here in Mike Sando’s post.

Recapping the division: