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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The AFC South and my Power Rankings

By Paul Kuharsky

The Colts lead the AFC South into the 2011 NFL Power Rankings, standing eighth in our first poll.

I’m one of five voters, along with John Clayton, Ashley Fox, Mike Sando and James Walker on this year’s panel. That means if you’ve got a beef, I’m usually only responsible for one-fifth of your issue.

My weight on some is obviously bigger than that.

You can see more details in Mike Sando’s post here.

First let’s run down the division:

The Texans are up four spots from the final 2010 poll at the end of the regular season. The Colts are up 2. The Titans stayed the same and the Jaguars lost six spots. I don’t see how you can say the Jaguars are six spots worse, but I know someone has to drop when you lift other teams.

I had two giant movers: The Bears are down 16 slots. I think Chicago falls to pieces. The Texans are up 12. I don’t think they will be great, but I think 13th overall is about right.

The AFC South is the fifth best division with an average spot of 16.2.

I look forward to your reaction. Or I dread it. I’ll let you know after I see some of it.

Here is my entire ballot:
  1. Green Bay
  2. New England
  3. New Orleans
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Indianapolis
  7. NY Jets
  8. Baltimore
  9. Atlanta
  10. NY Giants
  11. Tampa Bay
  12. Detroit
  13. Houston
  14. Dallas
  15. St. Louis
  16. San Diego
  17. Jacksonville
  18. Oakland
  19. Kansas City
  20. Chicago
  21. Arizona
  22. San Francisco
  23. Minnesota
  24. Tennessee
  25. Seattle
  26. Miami
  27. Cleveland
  28. Buffalo
  29. Carolina
  30. Denver
  31. Cincinnati
  32. Washington