Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Jacksonville Jaguars Week 5 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Jacksonville Jaguars in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Biggest issue on defense: Pass rush consistency

It sounds weird considering the Jaguars just sacked Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder four times and linebacker Josh Allen is tied for the NFL lead with six sacks, but the pass rush is still an issue. This same group didn't sack C.J. Stroud once the week before, and Allen doesn't have much help. More consistent pressure, especially from 2022 No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker, needs to happen to complement Allen. -- Michael DiRocco -- Rank: 12

The Jaguars might have sleepwalked through September, but the London performance was more on the level of what we expected coming into the season. The offense was efficient, if unsexy, against a solid Atlanta defense. Trevor Lawrence played one of his cleaner games this season, and the offensive line was not a net negative. You'd like to see Jacksonville convert in the red zone, but that was a winning performance on offense. It was even better on defense, which only really bent on the Falcons' third quarter TD drive. The secondary stood tall, and Josh Allen is suddenly having one of his best seasons to date. Every AFC South team stands at 2-2. The Jaguars might be lucky their slow start didn't hinder them more.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

After two straight losses, they seemed to right things against the Falcons. The offense still has been lagging some. Now comes a real test in the Buffalo Bills.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

They're .500 (5-5) all time in London and 72 games below state-side. Maybe should have built that fancy new Miller Electric Center practice facility overseas while making just one trip to Jacksonville annually?

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

Offense is still harder than it should be with Trevor Lawrence at quarterback and a skilled group of pass catchers. Jacksonville is 24th in the league in plays of 10 or more yards (41). Lawrence was efficient Sunday (23-for-30 for 207 yards and a touchdown), but he is 30th in the league in air yards per attempt (6.7) and 26th in pass EPA per dropback (minus-.14), according to TruMedia.

FOX -- Rank: 10

Hopefully getting Cam Robinson back at tackle will help the Jaguars offense, because it's still not a fun watch. Through a month of the season, we've only seen brief glimpses of their explosive potential. But as not-fun as Sunday's game in London was, they bullied Desmond Ridder and came away with an easy win.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 12

The Jaguars' offense still isn't clicking. The Jags didn't have a running back gain more than 7 yards on any attempt Sunday. Trevor Lawrence had a solid but unspectacular 207 yards. That's not great with the Bills' defense on deck, in another London game this weekend.

PFT -- Rank: 13

Beat the Bills, and many will believe.

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