Thursday, October 19, 2023

New York Jets Week 7 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 7 roundup for the New York Jets in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Lesson learned: They can function without Aaron Rodgers.

It looked bleak at 1-2, as the Jets played two terrible games in the aftermath of Rodgers' Achilles injury. There was frustration in the locker room and mounting pressure on QB Zach Wilson. The team was teetering on the brink, but Wilson played well in a loss to the Chiefs and the team has responded with a two-game winning streak. It hasn't been easy. The Jets have trailed at halftime in all six games, and they're 3-3, joining the 2022 Colts (3-2-1) as the only teams in NFL history to be .500 or better after trailing at the half in each of their first six games. -- Rich Cimini -- Rank: 15

They have earned rest this week after evening their record at 3-3. With three winnable games coming out of the bye -- "at" Giants, vs. Chargers, at Raiders -- this team cannot be dismissed, especially with an Aaron Rodgers miracle return not yet ruled out. Few Jets games have been pretty, and points remain a premium. That said, when you can beat a Super Bowl-caliber team with starting CBs Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed out -- and pick off three passes in the process -- you may dispense artistic merit in such cases. The Jets are lucky their mistakes against the Eagles didn't sting more, and 1-for-4 in the red zone won't often cut it. This win, however, like seeing Rodgers throwing passes pregame, reminds us that anything remains possible.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 15

The Jets defense came up big against the Eagles, which has them at 3-3. That's impressive after losing Aaron Rodgers in the first game.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

Per HC Robert Saleh, "(W)e've played a gauntlet of quarterbacks. I know we haven't gotten all wins, but we've embarrassed all of them." Whether or not that's legitimately true, it's a fact this defense hasn't allowed as many as 300 net passing yards since the end of the 2021 season. (And, yes, it was to Tom Brady, who was rarely embarrassed by the Jets.)

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Nobody in the league benefits more from a "Who'd you beat?" calculation than the Jets. Zach Wilson, who was 19-for-33 for 186 yards Sunday, deserves some (but not too many) apologies, but this is all defense-driven. New York has held Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts to passer ratings under 64. "These first six weeks we've played a gauntlet of quarterbacks, and I know we haven't gotten all wins, but we embarrassed all of them," Jets coach Robert Saleh said Sunday after his team beat the Eagles for the first time in franchise history.

FOX -- Rank: 21

They may not be a true contender, but who in their right mind wants to play the Jets right now? That pass rush is terrifying, and the New York secondary picked off Jalen Hurts three times — without Sauce Gardner or D.J. Reed! If Zach Wilson can just keep playing not-awful football, they're just a major pain to deal with. I'm not sure how high they're ceiling is, but they'll take that after what they've been through the last month.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 13

Robert Saleh said his team has "embarrassed" the quarterbacks they've played. That caused a stir, but he's mostly not wrong, especially when it comes to elite QBs like Jalen Hurts, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. This defense is really good. Hate to go down this road, but if the Jets still had Aaron Rodgers they might be viewed as the best team in football right now.

PFT -- Rank: 16

A .500 record at the bye was the best-case scenario WITH Aaron Rodgers.

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