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NFL power rankings: Jaguars fall as far as 14th entering Week 14

The Jacksonville Jaguars have dropped off in the eyes of national media after Trevor Lawrence’s ankle injury.

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NFL: DEC 04 Bengals at Jaguars Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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 14 of the 2023 season.

ESPN: 8 (last week: 8)

Bleacher Report: 8 (last week: 7)

CBS Sports: 8 (last week: 7)

From Pete Prisco:

If Trevor Lawrence is out for any length of time, this team is done. The defense was awful against the Bengals.

Pro Football Talk: 8 (last week: 6)

From Mike Florio:

Can Trevor Lawrence make it back for back-to-back showdowns against the Browns and Ravens? 8 (last week: 7)

From Eric Edholm:

The Jaguars entered Monday night’s game with a chance to move into the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed. They left it with a shocking loss to Jake Browning and the Bengals, and their season suddenly in serious question following the injuries to QB Trevor Lawrence (ankle) and WR Christian Kirk (groin). Several other Jaguars were banged up in an ugly night at EverBank Stadium, where the home team dropped to 2-4 on the season. All hope isn’t suddenly lost, but the Jaguars have to sweat out another short week with Lawrence an injury worry. The offense was hot and cold before Lawrence went down in the fourth quarter, and a missed 48-yard field goal didn’t help, but Jacksonville’s defense can take the blame for this one. Allowing Browning to complete 86 percent of his passes and the Bengals to rack up nearly 500 yards of offense just can’t happen. Not for a team that was harboring Super Bowl dreams coming in. I almost moved the Texans ahead of the Jags, but I wanted to hear more about the Lawrence and Kirk injuries.

The Ringer: 9 (last week: 7)

From Riley McAtee:

We don’t yet know how much time Trevor Lawrence will miss with the ankle sprain he suffered against the Bengals on Monday night. But it’s safe to say by the way that Lawrence slammed his fists against the turf, threw his helmet, and ultimately limped back to the locker room that it’s not an injury Jaguars fans should feel optimistic about. Without Lawrence, the Jags will have to rely on C.J. Beathard, who was mostly unremarkable in relief of Lawrence, completing nine of 10 passes for 63 yards as the Jags fell just short in overtime. At 8-4, the Jags are still in a good position to make the playoffs—but how far anyone can expect them to get in the postseason depends on Lawrence’s health.

Yahoo Sports: 9 (last week: 8)

From Frank Schwab:

What a horrible Monday night for the Jaguars. They were eyeing ending the night as the No. 1 seed with a win over the Bengals. Instead, they got upset by a big underdog at home and also lost Trevor Lawrence to an ankle injury. If that’s not enough, receiver Christian Kirk left the game in the first quarter with an injury too. Obviously, the news on Lawrence is more important than the loss (initial reports said it was a sprained ankle and coach Doug Pederson said the team is still evaluating Lawrence), but the entire night was a gut punch.

USA Today: 10 (last week: 8)

From Nate Davis:

Their streak of four consecutive prime-time wins came to an end. So, too, potentially did their status as an AFC contender – depending on the severity of QB Trevor Lawrence’s ankle injury.

Fox Sports: 11 (last week: 8)

From David Helman:

As of this writing, it’s unclear how severe Trevor Lawrence’s ankle injury is. Regardless of that, the Jags’ typically stout defense has some soul-searching to do after allowing 491 yards to the Jake Browning-led Bengals. There are multiple reasons to be concerned in Jacksonville.

The Athletic: 14 (last week: 8)

From Josh Kendall:

Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft and one of 10 quarterbacks to throw for more than 3,000 yards this season, went down with what appeared to be a significant injury after his right ankle was stepped on by one of his offensive linemen. Lawrence slammed his helmet to the turf and then made a slow and painful walk to the locker room with lots of help. If Lawrence is done for the season, so are the Jaguars. Backup C.J. Beathard has a career passer rating of 80.3.

Gus’ power rankings:

1. 49ers (last week: 3) -- I still feel good about the Ravens as my Super Bowl pick, but as long as the Niners are fully healthy, they deserve the top spot.

2. Ravens (1)

3. Eagles (2)

4. Chiefs (4) -- Despite their relative struggles on offense this season, Kansas City has a good chance to capture the No. 1 seed if they survive Buffalo this week.

5. Cowboys (5)

6. Dolphins (6)

7. Jaguars (7) -- I also still feel good about the Jaguars as the final team of seven Super Bowl contenders. With Trevor Lawrence’s injury, home-field advantage in the playoffs now feels out of reach (though maybe that’s a good thing -- Jacksonville is 2-4 in its home stadium this year). Thankfully, Lawrence will still be able to return in time for a playoff push.

8. Bills (9) -- Josh Allen would be an MVP favorite right now if Buffalo had a few more wins (the Bills are 2-6 in one-score games this season).

9. Rams (not ranked) -- The Seahawks and Texans were my favorite sneaky contender picks for much of the season, but now I’m pivoting to the Rams. Los Angeles controls its playoff destiny and Sean McVay is back to his old wizardly self.

10. Lions (8) -- I refuse to take Jared Goff seriously, and Detroit’s defense has struggled over the past month (last in success rate allowed since its Week 9 bye). Jordan Love is playing well enough that I might consider the Packers in this spot by next week.

Where would you rank the team heading into Week 14, Jaguars fans? Let us know in the comments!