AFC South Power Rankings following Week 2: Jaguars barely hold onto top spot

• The Jaguars are 1-1 following the loss to the Chiefs

• The Titans are keeping up with them in the division race

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) hands off to running back Travis Etienne Jr.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) hands off to running back Travis Etienne Jr. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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No. 1 Post-Week 2 AFC South Power Ranking: Jacksonville Jaguars

If the Jaguars were in a different division, maybe they would be at the bottom of this ranking. But they're in the AFC South and get to keep the top place despite the fact that they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Maybe if the game had been close, there would probably be talks about Jacksonville leaving with a moral victory. However, there weren't many encouraging things about the way they were exposed at home.

Trevor Lawrence was surprisingly off. He hadn't had a poor outing in a while. The fact that Calvin Ridley and Zay Jones couldn't capitalize on their chances to score certainly stings. Also, it was frustrating to see Jacksonville try to establish the running back without success. It's hard to blame them for abandoning the run early on when it was clear it wasn't working.

Then again, the Jags didn't enjoy much success through the air but you could make the case that the culprit was the offensive line. That's right, without a clean pocket and unable to open running games, they were going to have trouble getting things going. The silver lining is that this seems to be an outlier and there are reasons to believe the offense will bounce back. They have too much talent not to.

The Jaguars' defense played at a high level the last two weeks. If the offense can fix whatever is holding them back, they should remain at the top of the AFC South, even if the Titans are able to keep pace with them.

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