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NFL power rankings: Jaguars rise entering Week 13

The Jacksonville Jaguars are the 7th-8th best NFL team in the eyes of national media.

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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 13 of the 2023 season.

Pro Football Talk: 6 (last week: 7)

From Mike Florio:

That loss to the 49ers might have helped them more than a win ever could have.

Bleacher Report: 7 (last week: 9)

CBS Sports: 7 (last week: 9)

From Pete Prisco:

By beating the Texans, they have a firm lock on the division. Trevor Lawrence finally had the big game throwing it, which is a good sign going forward.

NFL.com: 7 (last week: 8)

From Eric Edholm:

Trevor Lawrence’s production hasn’t been mind-blowing, but his third NFL season is emerging as a very good one, following a bit of a slow start. In Sunday’s win over the Texans, Lawrence nearly threw for a career high in yards. Even factoring in the humbling 49ers loss in Week 10, Lawrence has been at his best in recent games, with his confidence clearly rising when it comes to taking deeper kill shots. His massive second half against Houston helped the Jaguars hold off the Texans and maintain a strong edge in the AFC South, with six games left and only one more true powerhouse (Baltimore in Week 15) remaining on Jacksonville’s schedule. There’s bad news, too, with LT Cam Robinson out for at least the next four games. We know what happened when he missed the first four, as the offense never quite reached peak form. The Jags are almost certainly in the playoffs, but they can’t afford to have the offense fall apart as we creep into December.

The Ringer: 7 (last week: 9)

From Ben Solak:

Jacksonville has looked more like that AFC contender we expected to see in the last two weeks. Trevor Lawrence—who has been battling a knee injury this season—is driving the football downfield more successfully, and Calvin Ridley—who started the season strong before vanishing for much of October—has suddenly returned to the spotlight. On defense, Mike Caldwell’s unit continues to play better-than-expected football, as star pass rusher Josh Allen is enjoying a contract season for the ages.

Are the Jaguars good enough to win the Super Bowl? It’s a slim chance, but I say yes. There’s a lot of young talent on both sides of the ball (check the recent play of first-round picks Anton Harrison and Devin Lloyd) and a Super Bowl–winning coach at the helm in Doug Pederson. A Week 15 matchup with the Ravens looms as a potential decider for the top seed in the AFC.

Sharp Football Analysis: 7 (last week: 8)

From Raymond Summerlin:

Trevor Lawrence played his second great game in a row – even if the boxscore does not completely show it – and the Jaguars got a massive win that gives them a cushion in the division and keeps them in the running for the No. 1 seed. The Browns could give them some trouble in two weeks, and they have the Ravens the game after that, but the schedule sets up well for Jacksonville to finish strong.

The Athletic: 8 (last week: 9)

From Josh Kendall:

Jacksonville’s stars are getting hot at the right time. Linebacker Josh Allen had 2 1/2 sacks Sunday and now is second in franchise history with 38 for his career. On the offensive side, Calvin Ridley has 192 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the last two weeks. Jacksonville has won seven of its last eight with the only loss coming to San Francisco.

Yahoo Sports: 8 (last week: 8)

From Frank Schwab:

The Jaguars are nearly a lock to take the division after a big win at the Texans. Last year, Trevor Lawrence was inconsistent early in the season and awesome in the second half. He hasn’t been great this season but two weeks ago he had his best passer rating of 2023, and Sunday he had his highest passing output with 364 yards. That’s a really good sign for Jacksonville.

ESPN: 8 (last week: 9)

From Michael DiRocco:

The expected improvement on offense in the second season in coach Doug Pederson’s scheme has not materialized, and two of the biggest issues are the offensive line and third downs. The offensive line has played well in pass protection the past two games — just one sack and four QB hits allowed — but still rank 29th in the NFL in pass block win rate (47.9%), per NFL Next Gen Stats. The Jaguars rank 22nd in third-down conversion rate (36.8%) and have been especially bad on third-and-3 or less (51.2%, 29th). The defense has thrived on forcing turnovers (20) and LB Josh Allen is having the best year of his career (12 sacks). Kicker Brandon McManus, signed during OTAs after he was released by Denver, is 23-for-26 on field goal attempts and perfect on PATs (23-for-23).

USA Today: 8 (last week: 9)

From Nate Davis:

Renewed signs Calvin Ridley might be a No. 1 receiver (12 catches for 192 yards and 3 TDs over last two weeks) for a Jacksonville squad that’s now decidedly No. 1 in the AFC South. But the next three weeks will show how good the Jags would be in the AFC North with a trio of dates against that rugged division.

Fox Sports: 8 (last week: 9)

From David Helman:

I’m just not sure if we’re talking enough about the season that Josh Allen (the Jags edge rusher, not the QB) is having. The guy has a career-best 12 sacks for a division leader and never gets mentioned among the league’s top pass rushers. As well as Trevor Lawrence and Calvin Ridley played against Houston, Jacksonville needs Allen to continue leading the way on the other side.

Pro Football Network: 8 (last week: 9)

From Dalton Miller:

Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville passing attack finally had a “big” day they’ve been missing for most of the season. He threw for 364 yards and found explosive passing plays to many of his targets.

Jacksonville’s defense has been their calling card in 2023, but Houston has moved the ball against pretty much every defense they’ve faced in 2023.


Gus’ power rankings:

1. Ravens (last week: 1)

2. Eagles (2) -- It’s wild how good Philadelphia has been at winning ugly this season (and likewise for Buffalo losing ugly all year).

3. 49ers (3)

4. Chiefs (4) -- Free Rashee Rice!

5. Cowboys (5) -- Dallas could be the biggest climbers or fallers in the next month with Seattle, Philly, Buffalo, and Miami on deck.

6. Dolphins (6)

7. Jaguars (7) -- The seventh spot feels too low for Jacksonville after a statement win in Houston, but the first five teams are objectively stacked. Dolphins-Jaguars is a toss-up to me.

8. Lions (8) -- Detroit has a +1 point differential in the past three games (against the Chargers, Bears, and Packers) since its Week 9 bye. *singing voice* Frauduleeeeeeeeent.

9. Bills (9)

10. Texans (10) -- That’s right, zero changes in the power rankings this week from me. I feel pretty good about this list. Seattle would be right there at 11 to join Detroit, Buffalo, and Houston as the NFL’s best non-contending teams.


Where would you rank the team heading into Week 13, Jaguars fans? Let us know in the comments!