The Jacksonville Jaguars showed they can bounce back from an ugly loss when they beat the Tennessee Titans in Week 11. Just days after being embarrassed at home by the San Francisco 49ers, the Jags had one of their most dominant wins in 2023. Still, it wasn't enough to help them move back up in most NFL Power Rankings.
After falling to San Francisco in Week 10, the Jags took a tumble in most power rankings. Not even after soundly defeating the Titans, were they able to return to the top 5, where they spent several weeks before the loss.
Eric Edholm kept them at No. 8, noting that the 49ers game had made everyone question their credentials but the win helped "answer some of their lingering worries." Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, for his part, moved Jacksonville to No. 9, noting that the Trevor Lawrence that showed up was one "many expected to see this season."
The Bleacher Report staff also placed the Jaguars at No. 9. They say that they had a complete win over the Titans but losses like the one against the Niners make them question their viability as a Super Bowl contender. The B/R staff goes on to say that Jacksonville will soon reveal what kind of team they really are.
"We may well find out which is the case over the next month—beginning with next week's trip to Houston to face the surprising Texans, the Jags play four straight games against teams that are .500 or better, highlighted by a Week 15 home date against the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens"
While the Jags remain more or less in the same spot, the Houston Texans are surging. B/R moved them to No. 11, and they cracked the top 1on in CBS Sports and NFL Media's ranking.
The Jacksonville Jaguars need to build on the Week 11 win vs. the Tennessee Titans
The Jaguars have lost just three games this season but all of them have been filled with mistakes. Drops, inefficient pass protection, the inability to get after the quarterback, and leaky coverage hindered Jacksonville in those games. Conversely, they've shown they're capable of winning when they take care of those issues.
For example, pass protection has been a concern throughout most of the year. But against the Titans, Trevor Lawrence had a clean pocket and went on to complete 75 percent of his passes for 262 yards with two passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns, and no interceptions.
The defense, on the other hand, has played mostly well most of the season but had a bad outing against the Niners. Following the disappointing performance, coordinator Mike Caldwell told the media it was an outlier.
True to his word, Caldwell got the group back on track in Week 11, keeping Derrick Henry under 50 yards and forcing Will Levis into making mistakes. By the end of the game, the Jaguars' defense had registered two sacks, and one turnover, not very different from other performances they've had in 2023.
The Jaguars showed against the Tenessee that they're hard to stop when they're operating at full steam. They'll do the same when they take on the Texans in Week 12. A win will ensure they remain at the top of the AFC South, while a loss will force them to play catchup with their division foes. That should be more than enough incentive to keep their foot on the gas pedal.