Saturday, September 18, 2021

New York Jets Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New York Jets rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 30.0 (30th)
  • Best ranking: 28th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 31st (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Jets in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Top rookie: QB Zach Wilson

Wilson rallied from a shaky start and led two scoring drives in the second half to keep the Jets competitive in a 19-14 loss at the Panthers. He completed 20-of-37 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It was a gritty, if not clean, performance. He held the ball too long at times, contributing to six sacks, but displayed the arm strength and improvisational skill that made the Jets fall in love with him during the pre-draft process. The Jets dressed nine rookies in Week 1 -- Wilson was clearly the best. -- Rich Cimini -- Rank: 30

Zach Wilson showed toughness, resiliency and plenty of talent in the second half of the Jets' 19-14 loss to the Panthers, but the heralded rookie won't make it through the season if New York can't get its offensive line to play at a competitive level. The unit struggled mightily against the Panthers, allowing six sacks and 10 hits on Wilson, who was scrambling for his life for most of the afternoon. The news got worse in the third quarter, when left tackle Mekhi Becton went out with a knee injury. Becton might have dodged a season-ending setback, but an already-beleaguered front five will be without its most essential piece for at least a month, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 31

It took them a while to get Zach Wilson going, but he did some good things late. The good news is they hung around and made it interesting late, which is progress.

USA Today -- Rank: 28

Darnold's NFL debut (Sept. 10, 2018) marked the NYJ's last win in September. His Panthers debut marked the Jets' 10th consecutive defeat in the month.

The Athletic -- Rank: 30

Overreaction: The defense will be improved, but 80 net yards off the first nine possessions? It's encouraging to see two touchdowns late, and a promising debut for Zach Wilson. The rest of the rookies? Second-round pick Elijah Moore had minus-3 yards on four targets, and fourth-round running back Michael Carter had 6 yards on four carries. Only three of 14 losses last year were by seven points or less, so at least there's that. -- Auman

Reality check: Yeah, this rebuild is going to be slow and painful. -- Jones

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