Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Jacksonville Jaguars Week 7 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 7 roundup for the Jacksonville Jaguars in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 10

Lesson learned: The defense is better than expected.

The pass rush still needs work (Jacksonville has 12 sacks, tied for 20th in the NFL), but the Jaguars are third in the NFL against the run, averaging 75.3 yards per game, and have forced an NFL-high 15 turnovers. Second-year defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell has been more aggressive this season: He's blitzing at a 5% higher rate than last season, and it's paying off. -- Michael DiRocco -- Rank: 6

Don't look now, but the globetrotting Jags have stacked three straight impressive victories after opening the season 1-2. The most pressing immediate concern is obviously the knee injury to Trevor Lawrence, especially with a Thursday game at New Orleans looming. Even if Lawrence is OK, others could be absent for that one, given that Zay Jones and Walker Little missed Sunday with injuries, and Brandon Scherff and Tyson Campbell both left the win over the Colts with new maladies. The formula for victory has firmed up lately: take the ball away on defense and give it to Travis Etienne on offense. If that's enough for the Jags to pull off a short-week (and likely shorthanded) road win, we can fully bury Jacksonville's slow start to 2023.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

They've won three straight to get to 4-2 and atop the AFC South. The Trevor Lawrence knee injury is concerning as they head to New Orleans.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

A club that just spent two weeks in London now hits the road for two more games outside Duval County. RB Travis Etienne has 339 yards and four TDs from scrimmage during Jacksonville's three-game winning streak.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Half of Jacksonville's wins have come in London, but they've won three in a row and took control of the AFC South on Sunday with their second win against the second-place Colts. (Even though one of their losses is to better-than-expected Houston.) Trevor Lawrence has 982 passing yards and five touchdowns versus two interceptions since Week 3.

FOX -- Rank: 7

Division games can be a pain, so good on Jacksonville for handling Indianapolis from beginning to end. The only problem is that Trevor Lawrence picked an especially bad week to hurt his knee, as the Jags have a quick turnaround for Thursday Night Football in New Orleans. If Lawrence can't go or isn't at 100%, it's at least nice to know that the Jags' defense is taking the ball away better than anyone in the league.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 10

The Jaguars are stacking wins and the path is wide open for them to run away with the AFC South. The knee injury to Trevor Lawrence, which makes him iffy for Thursday night's game against the Saints, is something to monitor though.

PFT -- Rank: 6

Just when the AFC South looked jumbled up, it doesn't.

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