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NFL power rankings Week 1: Jaguars aren't last!

Let's check in on the SB Nation power rankings for Week 1 of the NFL season.

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Each Tuesday we'll take a look at the power rankings to see where the Jacksonville Jaguars check in on these non-important subjective rankings. Naturally, I wouldn't expect the Jaguars to be ranked all that highly to start the season. You can't blame people for keeping them in the bottom five until the regular season starts and they show something.

Here's how SB Nation ranked the Jaguars:

30. Jacksonville Jaguars

Anyone else get the feeling the Jaguars aren't getting enough credit this year? Obviously it's a long way back to the playoffs, but the arrow is definitely pointing up thanks to some smart leadership and coaching from Gus Bradley. They need to get the offensive line figured out because the world is ready for Blake Bortles.

At least right out of the gate, the people doing the rankings immediately question that maybe they've underrated the Jaguars this season and they could be placed higher. The team has made a lot of improvements on the defensive side of the ball, especially on the defensive line and at the linebacker position.

Outside of a few explosive plays due to missed assignments, the Jaguars run defense has been stout and the pass rush has shown flashes of being good with just the front four.

The biggest issue however is on the offensive side of the ball, where the team seems set to start the second best quarterback on the team. The Jaguars have a lot of youth on offense and outside of Blake Bortles, really didn't look that good in the preseason.

SB Nation 2014 College Football Guide