Jaguars moving up in USA TODAY Sports NFL power rankings after upset win

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Jacksonville pulled off a signature win on Sunday, upsetting the Buffalo Bills at home to win its first game on U.S. soil since Week 1 of the 2020 season. With the 9-6 victory, the Jaguars now sit at 2-6 on the season. This team may not be playoff-caliber, but it is improving and will try to close out Year 1 of the new regime on a high note.

The Jags have slowly crept up the power rankings from USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis since occupying the bottom rung earlier in the season. Now, Jacksonville has moved up two spots from where it sat last week to No. 27.

The upset of the season in hand, what do they do for an encore given they won’t face another team with a winning record until December?

The Jags have an opportunity to earn some more wins down the stretch, as Davis noted, and they could see their spot here continue to rise in the coming weeks. For now, they rank above Washington, the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins, the division-rival Houston Texans and the winless Detroit Lions.

With a developing rookie quarterback and a defense that just played its most impressive game in recent memory, the Jaguars have something to build off of moving forward. They’ll hope to carry that momentum into a road division matchup on Sunday against an Indianapolis Colts team that has won three of its last four and sits at No. 20 in the power rankings.