Jacksonville Jaguars struggle to move up AFC South rankings

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /
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Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) – Jacksonville Jaguars. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports) /

Listening to Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is refreshing. The first overall pick in the 2021 draft is showing he’s got the emotional intelligence to face the challenges he’s encountering in the NFL. In spite of the Jags’ lack of wins this season, the rookie remains optimistic they will turn things around. He’s aware he will take time, and has expressed disappointment about the team’s inability to win. On the other hand, he knows this is a process and it will take a lot of hard work and time to see any tangible results.

The Jaguars currently have the worst record in the AFC South but their division foes aren’t faring much better. The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football and the Houston Texans have failed to win a game since the season opener. The Tennessee Titans currently sit at the top but don’t look like a powerhouse when compared to other division champions.

Maybe, just maybe, Jacksonville can gain some ground in the AFC South in the upcoming weeks. For the time being, here’s a power ranking of the decision after five weeks of football.

10. . 1-4. . Houston Texans. 4. team

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t in the cellar of the AFC South.

When the Texans beat the Jaguars in Week 1, they looked like a complete team. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was efficient and the defense was able to make a few plays. However, Houston has lost four straight games since then and is struggling on both sides of the ball.

Taylor suffered a hamstring strain in Week 2 and Davis Mills has been the Texans’ starting quarterback since then. Although the rookie passer struggled in his first two starts, he had an encouraging performance in Week 5, completing 72.4 percent of his passes for 312 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. It wasn’t enough to beat the New England Patriots but Houston surely liked what they saw.