Jaguars refuse to fall behind in this AFC South power ranking

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]
Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /
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Just like that, the first half of the 2021 NFL season is in the books and nobody would blame you if you hadn’t noticed. On the bright side, there’s plenty of football left for the year. Also, the race for the AFC South crown has become pretty interesting in recent weeks.

While the Houston Texans and firmly entrenched in the cellar of the division, the Tennesse Titans have separated themselves from the bunch and are currently at the top, so why should anyone pay attention to the AFC South?

In the upcoming weeks, there are going to be several divisional games that could play a big role in playoff seeding. In particular, the Jacksonville Jaguars have played two of those matchups and there are four remaining in their schedule. They are coming off a dominant win over the Buffalo Bills. Moreover, the Indianapolis Colts could turn the switch at the right time and make things interesting.

Heading into Week 10, here’s how the AFC South stacks up.

team. 10. . 1-8. . Houston Texans. 4

The Texans took the Jaguars’ spot as the worst team in the division.

Not long ago, the Texans were one of the top teams in the division. Thanks to quarterback Deshaun Watson and defensive end J.J. Watt, they could compete with the best in the league. However, they came crashing down earlier this year. Years of ineffective drafting and bad free-agency decisions finally caught up with them. To make matters worse, Watson is facing several lawsuits that allege sexual misconduct among other things.

In Week 9, the Texans faced off against the Miami Dolphins. Both teams had a 1-7 entering the game, so one of them had to come out of the game with a win. The Phins did it and Houston is poised to have the second overall pick of the draft because they are the worst team in the division, not in the NFL. That title is reserved for the Detroit Lions, who currently own a 0-8 record.