Falling to the Kansas City Chiefs certainly stings but the Jacksonville Jaguars are still the same team everyone expected before the start of the season. This is why one loss didn't knock them out of the top 10 in most NFL power rankings.
The Jags won in the season opener and then lost to the Chiefs. However, most analysts aren't overreacting and that's reflected in most power rankings. Sure, Jacksonville fell a few spots but nothing they can recover from. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk believes that they should've beaten the Chiefs after limiting them to 10 points but still placed them at No. 8, just one spot below last week's ranking.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports dropped them to No. 10 after ranking them at No. 7 the prior week. He notes that the defense came through but the offense is an issue. Eric Edholm of NFL Media placed them at No. 9 and echoed Prisco's sentiment. He goes on to say that offensive coordinator Press Taylor shouldn't be the sole scapegoat for the Jaguars' inability to put points on the scoreboard.
Surprisingly, Jacksonville moved up two spots in Pro Football Focus' power ranking and managed to land in the top ten after popping up at No. 12 last week. No reasons are given but it's fair to assume that PFF is putting the loss in context and aren't overreacting after just one game.
The Jaguars have a prime opportunity to bounce back vs. the Texans in Week 3
Let's get this out of the way. The Texans aren't a powerhouse. Far from it. They were the worst team in the NFL and they'll need another offseason or two before they have a realistic chance to contend. For the time being, they're a team that will play until the whistle under head coach DeMeco Ryan but will be exposed due to their lack of talent.
In particular, the Houston offensive line doesn't look great. Losing left guard Kenyon Green for the season hurts but even if he were in the fold, the Texans could use an upgrade at most positions up front, including right tackle and center. On top of that, they'll be without cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., who's already been ruled out for Sunday and could miss several games with a hamstring injury.
On the other hand, this won't be a blowout. C.J. Stroud is off to a good start to his NFL career. The same is true for defensive end Will Anderson Jr., who's quickly established himself as a mainstay of their front four. In general, Houston has a stout defense, even without Stingley out of the mix. This is why the Jaguars can't afford to get slugging on offense. They had a hard time moving the ball against the Chiefs and weren't able to reach the end zone. If they once again struggle, they should then begin to get worried.
Make no mistake, the Jaguars are the better team heading into Week 3. The fact that the game will be play at the Bank should also help. It's now up to them to take care of business and show that last week was an outlier.