Saturday, November 6, 2021

Jacksonville Jaguars Week 9 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Jacksonville Jaguars rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 29.4 (29th)
  • Best ranking: 29th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 30th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the Jaguars in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Biggest Achilles' heel: Pass defense

The Jaguars have given up more than 300 yards passing four times in seven games (Teddy Bridgewater, Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa) and they're allowing opposing QBs to complete 74% of their passes -- the second-highest completion percentage in the league. QBs are also averaging 8.94 yards per attempt against Jacksonville (the second-highest mark) and have a Total QBR of 64.2, the highest in the NFL. -- Mike DiRocco -- Rank: 30

The Jaguars returned from their bye with a blowout loss to the Seahawks in which they made Geno Smith look like Joe Montana. Trevor Lawrence struggled through perhaps his worst game as a pro, but it's hard to imagine many quarterbacks finding success with the supporting cast that currently surrounds the No. 1 overall pick. Importing some playmakers to help Lawrence has to be a top priority for the Jaguars when they assess the next step for the organization. Is it fair to wonder if Urban Meyer will be around when those decisions get made?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

Coming off the bye, they were back to playing a sloppy brand of football. That's on the coaches. Urban Meyer has to be better.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

Dec. 15, 2019 -- the last time Jacksonville allowed fewer than 20 points. Oct. 27, 2019 -- the last time Jacksonville allowed fewer than 20 points at home.

The Athletic -- Rank: 30

How's the head coach? This offense isn't supposed to be running through Dan Arnold and Jamal Agnew, right? They combined for 22 targets and 14 receptions in Sunday's 31-7 loss at Seattle. There was so much energy when the Jaguars paired No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence with Urban Meyer, but Meyer already seems to be about 10 gallons shy of a full tank. At some point, soon, he's going to need to provide evidence that this project can turn a corner.

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