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2022 NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: Coming Up


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By MacGregor Wells  Oct 11, 2022  

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets took care of business on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. After knocking out Teddy Bridgewater on the Dolphins’ first offensive play from scrimmage the Jets faced rookie 7th round pick Skylar Thompson at quarterback the rest of the way. In years past this would have resulted in a frustrating loss as the 3rd string quarterback proceeded to carve up the Jets. But this isn’t years past. The Jets took care of business and crushed Thompson and the Dolphins by 23 points. That’s what good teams are supposed to do when the opponents are down to their 3rd string quarterback.

The big win for the Jets was their first against a division opponent in the Robert Saleh era. It also got the Jets above the .500 mark at the latest point in a season in the Saleh era. Now we move on to face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, a difficult task indeed. Jets fans hope Zach Wilson and the Jets can pull off another upset on the road and start to make the case they are legitimate playoff contenders. How did the power rankings feel about this latest Jets victory? Let’s find out.

Pro Football Network

Tier 5 Probably bad team

New York Jets

Besides making me look smart with their big completion to Breece Hall while in their pony personnel package, the Jets ended up beating the brakes off a Dolphins team missing their top two quarterbacks.

Sauce Gardner made a few big plays in the game, Garrett Wilson is awesome even if the Jets passing attack isn’t throwing it around the yard, and Hall is already a difference-make. We thought the Jets would be an improved team in 2022, but we couldn’t have dreamed they’d be 3-2 through five games.

However, their schedule isn’t getting any easier.

Sports Illustrated

19. New York Jets (3-2)

Last week: Win vs. Miami, 40-17

Next week: at Green Bay

The Jets haven’t been this relevant this deep into a season (I know it’s only early October) in a long time. Zach Wilson is playing within himself, and while the sample size is small, his bad throw percentage has been almost halved from a year ago, according to Pro Football reference.

New York Post

15. New York Jets 3-2 (19)

Cornerbacks Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed locked up Dolphins speedsters Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Gardner got his first career interception and knocked starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater out of the game on a blitz to start the game. The Jets rushed for five touchdowns for just the third time in franchise history in a 40-17 rout.

ESPN

16. New York Jets (3-2)

Week 5 ranking: 23

Chance to make the playoffs: 25.6%

Chance to win their division: 1.5%

The Jets need high-level quarterback play. To be fair, Zach Wilson is 2-0 since returning from his knee injury and has put together five good quarters in a row, but he has yet to demonstrate that he can carry the team for a full game. He still doesn’t have a 300-yard passing game or a three-touchdown-pass game in his career. The Jets are built to be balanced on offense, reducing the burden on the quarterback, but there will be games in which they need Wilson to bail them out. Can he do it?

USA Today

17. Jets (22): Hate to pour any cold water on their 3-2 start. But we have receipts showing the NYJ have beaten one backup quarterback and two rookie passers. Let’s see how it goes against Rodgers in Lambeau Field this Sunday.

If you were looking for the Jets to get more respect, well, it’s a work in progress. The power rankings still have the Jets ranked last in the AFC East for the most part, despite the Jets actually being in 2nd place. There are still plenty of doubters, and the only thing that will change that is more winning. Let’s see what the team can do against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. A win there will have the doubters singing a different tune.

With the obvious proviso that power rankings are stupid, unless they praise the Jets, in which case they’re awesome, what do you think? Where should the Jets rank in the NFL power rankings?

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51 minutes ago, LIJetsFan said:

Zach Wilson is playing within himself, and while the sample size is small, his bad throw percentage has been almost halved from a year ago, according to Pro Football reference.

 

Platitudes aside, halving the number of bad throws from last year is a good thing. The numbers may not be there yet, but the improvement can clearly be seen. 

52 minutes ago, LIJetsFan said:

To be fair, Zach Wilson is 2-0 since returning from his knee injury and has put together five good quarters in a row, but he has yet to demonstrate that he can carry the team for a full game. He still doesn’t have a 300-yard passing game or a three-touchdown-pass game in his career.

I have no problem with the team choosing to get him comfortable managing games as they continue to develop him. The last two games were basically his only live action this season, after missing essentially the entire preseason, and he did what he needed to do to win them both. If Breece Hall has two more critical receiving yards, Zach has two TD passes yesterday. Jets converted both TDs with the running game. This is why I don’t get too bogged down with stats. Would it really be that much more impressive if they threw for those one yard TDs instead of running it in? 

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14 - JETS - Rookie Breece Hall showed in beating the Dolphins that he might be ready to take off and roll up some big numbers. He was that impressive. They are a real shock to be this high.  +12

Prisco doesn't compliment the Jets easily.  He even flicked a backhand at them so you know it had to hurt.

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I hate power rankings. Even when the Jets are rated generously. There shouldn't really be power rankings at all until about game six or so of the season. I think the Jets are a better team this year, definitely more competitive, but I want to see a bit more runway before making any serious judgments. I do like what I see so far.

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Right now there are the Bills, Eagles, Cowboys, maybe KC and everyone else.   There are going to be 14 teams in the playoffs.  The Jets are certainly as good as any of the other 10 that are going to make the playoffs.   

Zach looks like he's allready made the jump to respectable.  If he takes another step or two this year there's no reason this team can't be a top 10 NFL team this year.  The league ain't that good once you get past the handful of elite teams.

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I don't think Edge is an issue at all.  We get plenty of pressure from Lawson, JFM, JJ2 and Huff.  Lawson has really come in the past two weeks.  Not getting lots of sacks but the pressure rates are very high and it's making the secondary's job easier.  

OL is definitely the #1 need IMO.  I think we could all agree with that.

LB could probably use a refresh next year as well.  Hopefully Kwon stays healthy and stays on but we're thin there.

Safety is tricky.  Last month I would have listed it right behind OL.  Now I'm not so sure.

But you know what we don't need?  Offensive Skill Players.  We literally do not need a RB/WR/TE next year.  That's pretty new territory.

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1 hour ago, HessStation said:

Disclaimer: I hate this team. About as far from fan boy as one could get. 
 

Imo, the Jets have the most talented young roster in the NFL. They’re missing a healthy, consistent OL and an edge. That’s bout it…imo

Why do you hate this team?  Real young talent for the first time in forever makes them pretty likable to me. 
 

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