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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 18 New York Jets

By Rich Cimini

A weekly examination of the Jets' Power Ranking:

Preseason: 32 | Last Week: 22 | Power Ranking since 2002

The Jets improved to 3-2 on Monday night, pulling one of the biggest upsets of the year. As expected, they moved up four places in the power poll. OK, fine, but explain this: How are the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans -- both 2-3 -- ranked ahead of the Jets at No. 15 and No. 17, respectively? Is this a Texas-New York thing? The Cowboys actually moved up three spots for losing. Apparently, coming close against Peyton Manning counts for something these days.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Jets used this as motivation. You think I'm kidding? In the aftermath of Monday night's win over the hard-luck Atlanta Falcons, two people -- coach Rex Ryan and linebacker Calvin Pace -- brought up the Power Rankings from Week 1. That's when the Jets were in the No. 32 spot, and they used that for motivation. Who knew the rankings had such a long-lasting influence?