Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 32 Jacksonville
By Michael DiRocco
A weekly examination of the Jaguars’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 29 | Last Week: 32 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Nobody expected the Jaguars to make a run at the playoffs. Heck, not many expected them to win more than five games.
But it is a little surprising how poorly the team has played through the first three weeks of the season. Granted, the Jaguars have been missing some key players (Justin Blackmon, Marcedes Lewis, Blaine Gabbert), and there have been some injuries (Maurice Jones-Drew, Dwight Lowery, Dwayne Gratz), but they haven’t even been competitive in losses to Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle. That’s why they remain last in ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings.
They’re also last -- or almost last -- in every major statistical category on offense: scoring (9.3 PPG, 32nd), total offense (230.3 YPG, 32nd), passing (178.3 YPG, 29th), and rushing (52.0 YPG, 30th). The rushing stat in particular is an indication of how poorly the offensive line has played.
Maybe things will get better this week. Gabbert is set to return from a hand injury. Lewis may be back after missing the first three games with a calf injury, and his impact as a blocker can be significant. Then again, the Jaguars are playing host to an Indianapolis team that just held San Francisco to seven points in Candlestick Park.