Thursday, September 21, 2023

New York Jets Week 3 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 3 roundup for the New York Jets in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Player: DE Bryce Huff
Current contract situation: Under contract through the 2023 season

Huff is an excellent pass-rushing specialist, but he probably will walk after the season because the Jets already have invested heavily at the position. They used first-round picks on Will McDonald IV (2023) and Jermaine Johnson (2022). Huff recorded the highest pressure percentage (25.6%) in 2022 among edge rushers with at least 100 pass-rushing snaps. Huff has drawn trade interest in the past; the question is whether the Jets would part with him before the trading deadline if they fall out of contention. -- Rich Cimini -- Rank: 11

Sunday's loss to the Cowboys was an indication of the clear limitations of the Jets' Aaron Rodgers-less offense when facing a top-tier defense. The offensive line was manhandled, and the run game erased. Zach Wilson ended up leading the Jets in rushing with 36 yards. Garrett Wilson broke free for their one big play of the game offensively, but the rest was frustrating to watch. Meanwhile, I was really shocked to see the Cowboys' offense milling the Jets' defense into grist for four quarters. If the Jets can't keep tough games close, winning without Rodgers will be a massive chore. The Jets came to Zach Wilson's defense after Week 2, which is nice. But will it matter if the other 52 players on the roster don't do their part on the field?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

Aaron Rodgers is done, and it looks like the Jets are, too, if they play like they did in getting blown out by the Cowboys. Do they add a quarterback?

USA Today -- Rank: 19

Sunday's loss at Dallas got away from them in the second half. Maybe it wouldn't have had RBs Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook gotten more than nine combined touches.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

For the record, Robert Saleh, we do not believe that you're riding with Zach Wilson the rest of the season. He had a passer rating of 38.1 Sunday against Dallas. We also don't believe that Breece Hall had only four carries this week. Hall had 127 yards last week! Wilson was New York's leading rusher Sunday! That's a rough look.

FOX -- Rank:

Running into the wood chipper that is the Dallas defense on a short week is not exactly a fair way for Zach Wilson to begin his second stint as the Jets' starter. Fair's got nothing to do with it, sadly. The Jets have the Patriots and Chiefs up next. As talented as this defense is, things are going to get very frustrating, very quickly if the Jets offense can't manage more than 10-12 points per game.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 22

Last week you could find a lot of "The Jets are going to be good even without Aaron Rodgers!" optimism. Then Sunday happened. It's a repeat of last season, where we spend all season wondering how good the Jets could have been with average quarterback play.

PFT -- Rank: 9

It was closer than the final score suggested, but it gets no easier with a desperate Patriots team up next.

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