Wednesday, September 30, 2020

New York Jets Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 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: 31.8 (32nd)
  • Best ranking: 31st (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 32nd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Jets in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 32

What we learned: They're in the driver's seat for the No. 1 overall pick in 2021. The Jets are one of six 0-3 teams and have the league's worst point differential at minus-57. They had a chance to make their Week 3 game against the Colts competitive. Down 17-7, the offense drove to the Indianapolis 7 in the second quarter, but Sam Darnold threw one of his three interceptions on the day, and things fell apart from there.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 32

This team is a dumpster fire right now. There is no hope for a turnaround either. Do they make a coaching change?

USA Today -- Rank: 31

They looked horrid against San Francisco's JV in Week 2, then worse against Indianapolis' varsity. Locals wondering aplenty about QB Sam Darnold's outlook.

ESPN -- Rank: 32

What we got wrong: The defense would overachieve.

Even without All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, traded before training camp, the expectation was that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams still would be able to scheme up ways to overcome a talent deficiency. It hasn't happened, as the Jets rank 32nd in pass defense. Even good coaches need good players, and the lack of pass rush, coupled with coverage problems, has been too much to overcome. -- Rich Cimini -- Rank: 32

Three weeks, three blowout losses. Sunday was another grim slog, as Sam Darnold threw three interceptions -- including two returned for scores -- in a 36-7 loss to the Colts. Darnold finds himself in an impossible situation, marooned on an injury-riddled and talent-poor roster with an unimaginative offensive scheme cooked up by an uninspiring head coach -- but he may force Joe Douglas' hand come next spring if the Jets land at or near the top of the draft and Darnold is coming off an ugly statistical season. This wasn't supposed to be the conversation around Darnold in Year 3, but these are the consequences for a Jets team that has done virtually everything wrong since his arrival.

Previous update: New York Jets Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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