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NFL power rankings: Jaguars free fall entering Week 17

The Jacksonville Jaguars are not a top-12 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 10 different national media power rankings going into Week 17 of the 2023 season.


The Ringer: 12 (last week: 9)

From Austin Gayle:

Two Trevor Lawrence interceptions and a missed field goal put the Jags into a 20-0 hole in the first half against the Bucs on Sunday. Lawrence now shares the league lead in turnovers (19) with Sam Howell. Among the 28 quarterbacks with 320 or more dropbacks this season, Lawrence ranks just 19th in expected points added per dropback and 18th in dropback success rate. He’s playing through injuries to keep the Jags alive in the AFC playoff race, but it’s just not enough. The Jags don’t have a world-beating defense or an overly efficient run game to lean on while Lawrence plays hurt.

CBS Sports: 12 (last week: 10)

From Pete Prisco:

They are a disaster right now. The offensive line is bad, Trevor Lawrence isn’t playing well and the defense isn’t good. And yet they can be a playoff team still.

NFL.com: 13 (last week: 10)

From Eric Edholm:

It feels like Jacksonville’s season is cratering as I type, with the Jaguars losers of four straight and playing their worst football of the season. The Buccaneers took Sunday’s game over in the second quarter and never looked back. The Jaguars still have a mathematically strong chance to make the postseason — and even win the division. If they do hit the tourney, though, the forecast will still be shaky, even if they start at home. The Jags are 2-5 in games in Jacksonville, losing the past two against playoff-caliber foes. Trevor Lawrence just hasn’t had the Year 3 many of us expected — and now he’s dealing with a sprained shoulder — but it’s hardly all on the quarterback. The Jags have kicking woes, defensive concerns and are not very healthy at wide receiver. Doug Pederson should be commended for his work in turning this franchise around, but it has gone off the rails lately.

Yahoo Sports: 13 (last week: 11)

From Frank Schwab:

Trevor Lawrence is dealing with a new injury, this one to his right shoulder. It makes evaluating Lawrence after Year 3 more difficult. But it’s also fair to say where he’s at is disappointing. He’s not a bust, but he’s not on an obvious path to stardom either. And, no, it’s not because he has a terrible supporting cast. It’s not the 2023 49ers cast but it’s fine. He just hasn’t broken out the way we expected, and it’s OK to admit that.

USA Today: 14 (last week: 13)

From Nate Davis:

The 9-8 record they’re trending toward this year feels … far different than last year’s 9-8 crew, especially with battered QB Trevor Lawrence deeming the team’s recent showings “really embarrassing and frustrating.”

ESPN: 14 (last week: 11)

Bleacher Report: 15 (last week: 10)

Pro Football Talk: 15 (last week: 12)

From Mike Florio:

Does anyone want to win the AFC South?

The Athletic: 16 (last week: 16)

Fox Sports: 18 (last week: 15)

From David Helman:

Trevor Lawrence’s injury list is about a mile long at this point, but even more concerning are the Jaguars’ continued problems on defense. There’s still time to pull out of the tailspin. But can they?


Gus’ power rankings:

1. Ravens (last week: 2) -- RAVENS! This team is elite, and Mike Macdonald should be mentioned in the same breath as Detroit’s Ben Johnson as top head coach candidates.

2. 49ers (1)

3. Bills (3) -- Buffalo will be playing for the AFC East title in Miami in two weeks if the Bills beat the Patriots and the Dolphins lose to the Ravens.

4. Dolphins (4)

5. Cowboys (5)

6. Chiefs (6) -- Like Trevor Lawrence, Patrick Mahomes’ recent play is giving “help wanted” signage.

7. Eagles (7)

8. Rams (8) -- Hoping to see Matthew Stafford return to Detroit at some point in the playoffs.

9. Browns (9)

10. Seahawks (not ranked) -- The Jaguars are off my top 10. Seeya next year.


Where would you rank the team heading into Week 17, Jaguars fans? Let us know in the comments!