Saturday, November 4, 2023

New York Jets Week 9 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 9 roundup for the New York Jets in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

The Jets were dealt a cruel hand, losing Aaron Rodgers to a torn Achilles on the fourth play of the season. Not only was it an emotional blow to the team, but the Jets had to reinvent their offense for backup Zach Wilson. It hasn't been pretty -- the Jets are 27th in scoring (126) and 31st in total yards (1,913) -- but they've managed to win four games with Wilson -- who has thrown for 1,337 yards and five touchdowns. Statistically, the former No. 2 overall pick has made only small improvements from last season, but he's more mature and more confident than a year ago. The Jets will ride Wilson the rest of the way ... unless Rodgers makes a miraculous recovery. He says he's ahead of schedule in his rehab and that his goal is to play again this season. -- Rich Cimini -- Rank: 13

The Jets' social media team had a little fun at my expense Sunday, and there's absolutely something to be said for this squad's unwillingness to quit until the clock hits zero. It's a big reason why the Jets are above .500. But let's be real: They were more than lucky to win, in OT, against a Giants team with negative passing yards. The chances of that type of lightning striking again come down to slim and none. This isn't bitterness talking; it's reality. The Jets committed nine penalties, punted 11 times and were 2-for-15 on third down, with one of those conversion attempts ending when Zach Wilson lost a fumble in the first quarter. That just won't cut it with a fairly tough remaining schedule.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

They have a winning record. Yes, a winning record. They beat the Giants in a game they shouldn't have won, but they found a way.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

With C Connor McGovern (knee) and G Wes Schweitzer (calf) going down Sunday, New York now has four offensive linemen on injured reserve. Not great for a team that just managed to score its first first-quarter TD all season and is headed back to the prime-time spotlight next Monday night.

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

Something scary (for them): Wasting this defense

The Jets held the Giants to 194 yards Sunday, but they gained only 251 themselves. Somehow, a team that includes Breece Hall was led in rushing by Zach Wilson. The Jets are allowing 4.8 yards per play, which ranks fourth in the NFL, but unless Aaron Rodgers makes a miraculous recovery, it might not matter. Wilson completed 47 percent of his passes Sunday. He's 31st in the league in completion percentage (58.3) for the season.

FOX -- Rank: 16

Let's give the Jets credit for climbing above .500 and forget anything else that happened against the Giants. They won, but it feels like everyone else watching that game lost. I'm not jumping them up four spots due to that performance, but they are riding a three-game win streak, and they did find a way to beat Philly.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 13

The Jets got very, very lucky to beat a Giants team that had to turn to its third-string quarterback and ended up with minus-9 net passing yards. All wins count but this is who the Jets are. They need to be incredible on defense and special teams, and hope the offense does just enough to get them wins.

PFT -- Rank: 12

It doesn't matter how, as long as you win.

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