Friday, September 8, 2023

New York Jets Week 1 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 1 roundup for the New York Jets in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

On the hot seat: Coach Robert Saleh, GM Joe Douglas

It's time to win. No excuses. After a blockbuster offseason highlighted by the trade for Aaron Rodgers, the Jets believe they have the goods to be a legitimate contender. Players are talking Super Bowl. So is the fan base. Saleh and Douglas have done some good things, but they don't have the results to back it up. Saleh is 11-23 in two seasons; Douglas is 20-46 in four. The Jets have gone 12 straight seasons without a playoff appearance, the longest active drought in the league and the longest in franchise history. Ownership wants results now. If the Jets fail to make the playoffs, it'll probably be an unlucky 13 for Saleh and Douglas. -- Rich Cimini -- Rank: 10

The most important thing for Aaron Rodgers was to make it out of the preseason healthy, and the Jets' offensive line appears to be trending in the right direction after some nervous moments in camp. The preseason felt like a success. Considering this team went 7-10 last year with three starting QBs all completing less than 59 percent of their passes, it's hard not to see the path to improvement. But the NFL doesn't always work that way, and the Jets have a whale of a schedule, facing the Bills, Cowboys, Chiefs and Eagles prior to the Week 7 bye. Buckle up, Jets fans. It'll be a wild ride one way or another.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

Aaron Rodgers makes this team so much better. But they have a lot of young players who have to learn how to win. That's easier said than done.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

CB D.J. Reed already has his sights set high, saying New York's D "can be a historical defense like the '85-'86 Bears and the LOB (Seattle's Legion of Boom) in 2013." Perhaps hyperconfident, though the Jets roll six-deep at edge rusher, making life much easier for Reed and fellow CB Sauce Gardner. Oh, and the last QB Aaron Rodgers had a top-five defense? Yep, he was also the Super Bowl's MVP.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Best-case scenario: A defensive unit that finished No. 5 in EPA per drive last season despite finishing 29th in takeaways rides some positive turnover luck and All-Pro seasons from Quinnen Williams and Sauce Gardner into becoming the No. 1 defense in the league. At quarterback, where competency was all they needed a year ago, Aaron Rodgers turns back the clock to his MVP season from two years ago, and Garrett Wilson leads the league in receiving. Eric Adams does ayahuasca during the Jets' Super Bowl media week.

Worst-case scenario: The offensive line never comes together and resents Robert Saleh's continued scapegoating of them. The difficult start to the season (Bills, Cowboys, Chiefs, Eagles all within the first six weeks) invites drama, and Rodgers' frustration leads to passive-aggressive suggestions that he's not the one calling the offense. He leaves in the offseason to succeed Kirk Cousins as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback, and the keys are handed back to Zach Wilson.

FOX -- Rank: 7

The 2022 Jets scored 10.7 points per game in their 10 losses. They'd have been a playoff team with even mediocre quarterback play. Even approaching 40 and even with a suspect offensive line, Aaron Rodgers can deliver. I'm not sure how good it's going to look, but with a defense like this, it shouldn't matter. Anything less than ending the longest playoff drought in the league would be a disappointment.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 8

The signing of Dalvin Cook probably said more about Breece Hall's return from ACL surgery than anything else. The Jets chased multiple running backs before finally landing Cook. Would they have been so aggressive to get another running back if they assumed Hall could get back to normal RB1 duties by October, or even November? Probably not. Maybe Hall is dominant late in the season, but the Jets paying Cook $7 million this season might be telling.

PFT -- Rank: 6

However it turns out, it's going to be a fun ride.

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