Saturday, November 4, 2023

Jacksonville Jaguars Week 9 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 9 roundup for the Jacksonville Jaguars in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Trevor Lawrence's stats might not be leading-the-league impressive -- 1,935 yards, 9 TDs, 4 INTs -- but he's playing consistently good football. He has had a passer rating of at least 90 or better in his past five games (a career-high streak) and has posted a passer rating of 90 or above in six of the team's eight games. He's still making some of those young quarterback mistakes, like his end zone interception on a ball he should have thrown away, and he tries to keep plays alive too long (a major reason for his six fumbles), but Doug Pederson has praised Lawrence's leadership, his toughness (he's playing on a sprained left knee) and the clutch throws and plays he has made during the Jaguars' 5-0 stretch in October. -- Michael DiRocco -- Rank: 5

With a five-win October, Jacksonville exorcised the demons of its 1-2 start and now is 6-2 for the first time this millennium. The victory over the Steelers lacked style points, but the Jaguars' recent travel schedule, the number of starters they were missing and the Pittsburgh weather all were contributing factors. The Jags were lucky their three turnovers (two in the red zone, one just outside it) didn't hurt more, and it's a little concerning how dependent on Travis Etienne they've become. The Week 9 bye will provide some much-needed rest; then we'll find out if the Jaguars can stack up against the AFC contenders left on their schedule. Right now, they look like they belong.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They've won five straight to right things as they head to the bye. They are definitely in the conversation for best team in the AFC.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

At 6-2 and leading their division, are they the AFC's best team? They certainly seem like its most adaptable, Jacksonville's five-game winning streak spanning the length of October in five different stadiums, two in London, with another victory occurring on a Thursday night in New Orleans. Their Week 9 bye is well deserved.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

Something scary (for others): Trevor Lawrence getting hot

We could have just added "in the playoffs" to this one because Jacksonville feels as good a bet for the postseason as any team right now. After Sunday, they have three more wins than the other three teams in the AFC South. The Jaguars have won five in a row, and Lawrence, who was 24-for-32 for 292 yards against the Steelers, looks like he's starting to find his groove.

FOX -- Rank: 5

Five straight wins match the Jags' total at the end of 2022, a run which propelled them into the playoffs. With a businesslike performance in Pittsburgh, they're starting to put a chokehold on the AFC South again in 2023.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 8

Among all the top teams in the AFC playoff picture (unless you count Cleveland), the Jaguars have the easiest remaining schedule according to Tankathon. The Jaguars aren't the best team in the AFC, but they are tied for the best record with the easiest remaining schedule of anyone who has a realistic shot at the No. 1 seed. Keep that in mind.

PFT -- Rank: 2

A San Francisco showdown — and potential Super Bowl preview — is coming after their bye.

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