AFC South post-Week 3 power ranking: Jaguars tumble, Texans rise

• The Jaguars suffered their 2nd loss of the 2023 season in Week 3

• This pushed them down in the AFC South, will the Texans rose

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) pressures Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) pressures Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Unio / USA
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No. 3 Post-Week 3 AFC South Power Ranking: Jacksonville Jaguars

After holding onto the top spot for two weeks, it was hard to justify keeping the Jaguars at No. 1. Losing to the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs is one thing but falling to a seemingly inferior opponent is unacceptable. In fact, nobody can say with a straight face that the Texans are the lesser team after beating Jacksonville at home.

Right now, the Jaguars don't look inspiring. While Trevor Lawrence has played at a high level, he hasn't gotten help from his playmakers and offensive coordinator Press Taylor. Add the Jaguars' struggles on the offensive line and it's easy to understand why Lawrence hasn't played nearly as well as he did to end the 2022 season.

That said, Lawrence hasn't been flawless. He threw a questionable interception in Week 3 and was called for intentional grounding. Both plays affected the offense negatively. Then again, Lawrence and the offense shouldn't share all the blame for their embarrassing display against Houston. The defense did their part the first two games of the season but they collapsed against the Texans, giving up 37 points in the process.

Simply, the Jaguars have struggled to put points on the scoreboard and have had a hard time stopping opponents from reaching the end zone. They won't be winning game anytime soon unless they address whatever issues they're experience and start playing with a sense of urgency.

Maybe the Jaguars will climb back into the top of the AFC South but they deserve the No. 3 spot right now.