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NFL power rankings: Jaguars are a unanimous top-10 team entering Week 12

The Jacksonville Jaguars regained the trust national media with a convincing win over the Titans.

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To get a feel for how the Jacksonville Jaguars are viewed around the league, here’s a look at national media power rankings going into Week 12 of the 2023 season.

Pro Football Talk: 7 (last week: 7)

From Mike Florio:

Houston, hello.

Sharp Football Analysis: 8 (last week: 11)

From Raymond Summerlin:

It was the freefalling Titans, but the Jaguars bounced back with a 34-14 win, and Trevor Lawrence looked as good as he has all season. That’s good because the Texans are breathing down their neck in the division, and the Jaguars have to go to Houston this week. With one loss already to the Texans, the Jaguars need that game. 8 (last week: 8)

From Eric Edholm:

This was exactly the kind of bounce-back game you wanted to see from the Jaguars after getting mauled at home by the 49ers. And it was exactly what Trevor Lawrence and Calvin Ridley needed, too. Did you realize they entered Sunday with nine TD passes and two TD receptions, respectively? While that connection has been erratic this season, it was brilliant against the Titans. Lawrence hit Ridley on two TD passes and ran in two more scores, turning in his cleanest, most prolific game of the season. The Jaguars’ defense also had a fine game, allowing just 82 first-half yards and not yielding a scoring drive until they were up 27-0. The 49ers game made us question Jacksonville’s credentials, but this victory helped answer some of those lingering worries.

Yahoo Sports: 8 (last week: 9)

From Frank Schwab:

There’s still enough time left this season for Calvin Ridley to have a huge impact. On Sunday, Ridley had two touchdowns, doubling his season total, and his first 100-yard game since Week 5. Trevor Lawrence, not coincidentally, had his highest passer rating of the season. That’s a great sign.

The Athletic: 9 (last week: 11)

From Josh Kendall:

Jacksonville’s only losses have come to Kansas City, Houston and San Francisco. The Jaguars have won six of their last seven after rolling out to a 27-0 lead Sunday, and it’s not the offense that is powering this run. Trevor Lawrence is 25th in the league in passing EPA per dropback (minus-.06), and the Jaguars are 27th in yards per rush (3.7). Meanwhile, Jacksonville is second in the league in special teams EPA (20.76).

The Ringer: 9 (last week: 11)

From Austin Gayle:

Trevor Lawrence’s expected points added per dropback (0.46) in the Jaguars’ win over the Titans was more than four times better than it was in any other game he’s played this season. Yet he still ranks 24th on the year in dropback efficiency, and the offense ranks 23rd in EPA per drive. Why? Turnovers. The Jaguars have lost the sixth-most EPA per game to turnovers in the NFL. Sunday was just the second time this season they finished a game without committing one. They can be taken seriously as a deep playoff contender when that becomes less of an anomaly.

ESPN: 9 (last week: 9)

Bleacher Report: 9 (last week: 9)

CBS Sports: 9 (last week: 10)

From Pete Prisco:

We finally got to see the Trevor Lawrence many expected to see this season in the blowout of the Titans. Now they face a huge game Sunday versus the Texans.

USA Today: 9 (last week: 11)

From Nate Davis:

Regarding that consequential divisional battle in Houston? The Jags have lost 10 of 11 to the Texans, though the lone victory was at NRG Stadium on New Year’s Day this year.

Fox Sports: 9 (last week: 9)

From David Helman:

Similar story to the Cowboys — not exactly a win that’s going to move the needle, but at least it was dominant. It was nice to see Calvin Ridley show back up. It’s a trend the Jags need to continue.

Pro Football Network: 9 (last week: 10)

From Dalton Miller:

After being thoroughly devastated by the San Francisco 49ers a week ago, Jacksonville got back to business against a divisional foe in the Tennessee Titans. Jacksonville dominated the Titans in nearly every phase of the game.

The Titans’ per-play average looks decent, but the Jaguars defense decimated the Tennessee offensive line. Additionally, Jacksonville dominated the time of possession battle and ran nearly twice as many plays in the game.

Gus’ power rankings:

1. Ravens (last week: 1) -- well, well, well, look at who’s leading the AFC.

2. Eagles (3)

3. Niners (4)

4. Chiefs (2) -- I’m officially worried about Kansas City. Its receiver room has been dire all year, but to make matters worse, Travis Kelce does not look like he used to. He had a bad drop, a lost fumble, and a crucial penalty in Monday night’s loss to Philadelphia.

5. Cowboys (6)

6. Dolphins (7)

7. Jaguars (8) -- Jacksonville re-established itself as a good football team with a convincing win over Tennessee. Another divisional dub over Houston on Sunday could send the Jaguars into top-5 conversations after regaining top-10 status this week.

8. Lions (9)

9. Bills (10)

10. Texans (NR) -- Many teams moved up one spot this week after Joe Burrow was ruled out for the remainder of the season. I like the Seahawks, but their offensive injuries and rest-of-season schedule look rough, and the Texans deserve to move into the top-10 in their own right.

Where would you rank the team heading into Week 12, Jaguars fans? Let us know in the comments!