Wednesday, October 4, 2023

New York Jets Week 5 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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 5 roundup for the New York Jets in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Biggest issue on defense: Explosive plays

The Jets have allowed 17 runs of at least 10 yards and eight pass plays of at least 20 yards -- a total of 25, which is tied for 20th in the NFL. That's not good, especially when you consider their defense is predicated on limiting explosives -- i.e. a lot of zone coverage and not too many blitzes. Some of the big plays have resulted from blown coverages, which is inexcusable for a unit that returned eight of 11 starters. With that much continuity, growing pains aren't an excuse. -- Rich Cimini -- Rank: 19

By the end of the disappointing loss on Sunday night, the Jets looked fighting mad that they'd let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers. Zach Wilson played some of the best football of his pro career for a minute and was far more good than bad overall. The defense picked off Patrick Mahomes two times. The offensive attack was diverse and aggressive. But in the end, there were too many loose ends. The missed field goal on fourth-and-1. The controversial flag on Sauce Gardner. Wilson's fumble, followed by Mahomes playing keep-away. This team can still have a decent season, but it's also at risk of running off the rails at 1-3.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

Zach Wilson showed well Monday night, giving this group some hope. If he can play like he did against the Chiefs, maybe he can turn his career around.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

Wilson plays (probably) the best game of his career — imperfect as it was — and the NYJ effectively lose on a borderline defensive penalty? Who could blame HC Robert Saleh for losing his mind given everything that's built up over the past month?

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Zach Wilson played his best game as the Jets starter, which is either a good starting point or just more evidence that New York is destined to be cosmically tortured forever. With Aaron Rodgers watching from the owner's box, Wilson was 28-for-39 for 245 yards and two scores. Then he fumbled a snap to kill the Jets' chances.

FOX -- Rank: 25

Where has that Zach Wilson been all this time? He wasn't even that great, but it's amazing how much it matters when your quarterback can guide you to a couple touchdowns. I need to see him do it again before I believe this is a trend, but if Wilson can play like that consistently, then the Jets suddenly become a team you don't want to play.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 26

Having Zach Wilson play well for a couple quarters is the biggest positive from Sunday night, and having him build on that is the best thing that can happen to the Jets. Not far behind is getting Breece Hall more involved. Dalvin Cook is averaging 2.5 yards per carry; he's not a good option now. Hall is doing OK but isn't being used much as he is eased back from a torn ACL. The Jets have to start expanding his role. It might save the offense.

PFT -- Rank: 23

Sunday's performance should create real hope that things will get better.

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