2023 NFL Power Rankings: Jacksonville Jaguars

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

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Biggest offseason contract to watch: OLB Josh Allen

Allen is playing on his fifth-year option and has put together a season that has made him a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He has a franchise-record 16.5 sacks and is second in the NFL in QB pressures with 94 (per NFL Next Gen Stats data). The Jaguars have the option to use the franchise tag on him so he doesn't hit free agency and then work on an extension. If they do come to terms on a new contract, Allen would be just the second of the Jaguars' 11 first-round picks from 2010 to 2020 to sign an extension with the team (QB Blake Bortles). -- Michael DiRocco

NFL.com -- Rank: 12

Even if it came against the league's worst team, Sunday's victory was important for a number of reasons. First, it kept the Jaguars breathing in the playoff race and kept the door open for a division title. Second, playing a turnover-free, one-penalty game with Trevor Lawrence on the sideline for the first time in his NFL career is not anything to sneeze at. Even if the red-zone offense (1-for-5 on Sunday) was an ugly sight, the rest of the performance belied all the things that went wrong during Jacksonville's horrific December downturn. The Jaguars averaged 2.5 turnovers and 5.5 penalties per game in four consecutive losses ahead of Sunday. Whether or not a season that started with an 8-3 record can be salvaged remains very much up in the air, but the Jaguars are alive for now, and they're facing a win-and-in Week 18 contest at Tennessee -- almost the same spot they were in one year ago.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

If they win this week against the Titans, they win the division. But playing in Nashville hasn't been kind to them over the years.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

How much money will OLB Josh Allen make in free agency? Well, the franchise tag is likely to delay his payday. But consider this: He and Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor are the only players since 1982 with at least 2½ sacks four times in one season.

The Athletic -- Rank: 17

The lesson: There are two star Josh Allens

The Jaguars linebacker sacked Bryce Young three times on Sunday and now has the team's single-season record with 16 1/2, which ranks third in the NFL. Allen is second in the league in quarterback hits (33) and eighth in hurries (53), according to TruMedia. He led a defensive effort Sunday that held the Panthers to 124 yards and also had six tackles, and probably should be getting more attention in the defensive player of the year conversation.

FOX -- Rank: 14

A shutout is still a shutout, even if it came against the worst offense in the NFL. The Jaguars are going to need their defense to maintain that momentum if they're going to lock up the division — and make noise in the playoffs beyond that.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 11

Even though their all-important Week 18 game is at Tennessee, the Jaguars should win it. If they lose, there still is a path to the playoffs with help. But if the Jaguars can't beat Tennessee to win the AFC South, they don't deserve to be in the postseason anyway.

PFT -- Rank: 12

They need Trevor Lawrence back this weekend.

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