AFC South Power Rankings, Week 5: Are Titans out of the cellar?

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Corey Davis #84 of the Tennessee Titans scores this touchdown against the Atlanta Braves at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Corey Davis #84 of the Tennessee Titans scores this touchdown against the Atlanta Braves at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 29: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans is sacked by Mario Addison #97 of the Carolina Panthers during the first half at NRG Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

1. Houston Texans

Week 4 ranking: 1st

The Texans are once again the top dogs in the AFC South power rankings despite losing to the Panthers, 16-10. It was a strange game for a normally high-powered Houston offense that ultimately looked to be dominated by Carolina’s defense.

Houston mustered up just 264 yards of total offense, and quarterback Deshaun Watson’s legs were responsible for the only touchdown of the afternoon. An old problem also reared its ugly head once again, as the Texans’ O-line surrendered six sacks to the Panthers defense.

Protection issues continue to be a concern in Houston, and it’s hard to imagine Watson staying healthy for an entire 16-game slate with how things are going right now; although it must be said that some of those sacks were on Watson because he sometimes holds on to the ball for far too long.

Week 5 presents somewhat of a reprieve for the Texans signal-caller, though. The Falcons’ defense just got picked apart by the Titans in Week 4, and their pass-rush garnered zero sacks against a struggling Titans offensive line. This is a prime bounce-back spot for Watson and Co.