Saturday, November 20, 2021

New York Jets Week 11 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 (30th)
  • Best ranking: 29 (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 31 (

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Jets in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Most important remaining game: Dec. 26 vs. Jaguars

At 2-7, it's all about trying to save face. This is an important game because these were the two worst teams last season based on record -- and also because of the rookie quarterback matchup of Zach Wilson vs. Trevor Lawrence. Which team is showing the most progress? Which quarterback is developing faster? This isn't a standings game; it's a pride game. -- Rich Cimini -- Rank: 31

Mike White Mania was fun while it lasted. The backup quarterback was in over his head against the Bills, throwing four interceptions in an ugly performance that will quiet any talk of keeping Zach Wilson on the bench any longer than necessary. The 45-17 loss was also another hideous day for Robert Saleh's defense, which has delivered the worst four-game stretch in the history of the franchise. How bad has it been? The Jets are the first team to allow at least 45 points three times in a four-game span since the 1966 Giants. GM Joe Douglas has so much work to do to return the Jets to respectability, but dedicating serious resources to the defense needs to be at the top of the priority list.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

The Mike White experiment needs to be over. It's time to play Zach Wilson the rest of the way.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

At least coach Robert Saleh is showing more fight on the radio waves regarding Rex Ryan's criticism than this team and its league-worst defense have displayed between the white lines.

The Athletic -- Rank: 30

Steal a player: T.J. Watt, Steelers linebacker

The Jets are on track to have the worst defense in franchise history. The reasons are plentiful, from losing pass rusher Carl Lawson in the preseason and safety Marcus Maye earlier this month, but the reality is that the Jets lack elite defensive talent outside of defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. A defensive-minded head coach like Robert Saleh would salivate at the chance to add an all-around weapon like Watt, one of the most consistently disruptive defensive players in the NFL.

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