JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It doesn't sound right, but it's correct: The Jacksonville Jaguars are the hottest team in the AFC.
They've won three games in a row -- the longest current streak in the conference -- and four of their past five games. Thursday night's 27-20 victory over Houston was the second time the Jaguars have beaten the Texans in 11 days.
They got production and big plays from both sides of the ball, so picking the top 10 playmakers this week was relatively easy.
Remember, this isn't a list of MVP candidates, but a compilation of the players who are making the biggest difference each week.
Here we go, with last week's rankings in parenthesis:
1. RB Maurice Jones-Drew (3): He had his first 100-yard game since Week 3 of last season and ripped off a 48-yard run in which he broke four tackles. He missed the final 11 minutes with a right hamstring strain but still had his best game of the season.
2. WR Ace Sanders (4): Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch continues to use Sanders in interesting ways. Not only did he catch three passes for 26 yards, he also carried the ball out of the backfield for the second consecutive week. Oh, yeah, he also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Todman on a trick play.
4. TE Marcedes Lewis (NR): He caught two passes, a 41-yarder in which he plucked the ball from between two defenders and a 1-yard touchdown pass. He needs to be more involved in the passing game.
5. QB Chad Henne (8): His passing numbers don't warrant being this high (12-of-27 for 117 yards) but he did throw two touchdown passes and also kept drives alive with his feet. He ran for 33 yards on four carries.
6. LB Paul Posluszny (6): Just another typical Posluszny day: a team-high 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit on a blitz up the middle that forced an incompletion.
7. RB/KR Jordan Todman (9): He only gained 14 yards on seven carries, but he did make a nice catch on Sanders' 21-yard toss for a touchdown. He had to wait for the ball while safety D.J. Swearinger was bearing down on him and he took a pretty good hit after the catch.
8. CB Alan Ball (NR): It's hard to put a secondary player on the list considering how Schaub and Case Keenum lit it up and the fact that Andre Johnson caught 13 passes for 154 yards, but Ball did intercept a pass and that led to a field goal late in the first half.
9. DE Jason Babin (7): He recorded another sack and forced a fumble that the Texans were able to recover. He has 2.5 sacks in his last two games.
10. DE Andre Branch (NR): Branch recorded one sack, which gives him one in three of his last four games. He also chipped in four tackles.