New York Jets: ESPN power rankings

Power Rankings: No. 19 New York Jets

December, 31, 2013
A weekly examination of the Jets' Power Ranking:

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

The Jets' Power Ranking was a mini-story all season because, as you probably know, Rex Ryan used the team's Week 1 ranking (32nd) as motivation, showing it to the players on the eve of the opener. During good times, that dead-last ranking was mentioned in interviews, mostly by Ryan and linebacker Calvin Pace, both of whom used it as fodder to mock critics. Funny, but it never came up during their three-game losing streak. We here at are glad that our power poll became part of the fabric of the Jets' season.

Based on the final ranking, you'd have to say the Jets were a success in 2013. Of course, it depends on your perspective. They climbed as high as 12th, coming off their upset of New Orleans in Week 9. So if you want to take the half-empty view, you might say they plummeted seven spots over a 3-4 finish.

How do we feel? We'll go with the old Bill Parcells saying: You are what your Power Ranking says you are.

Or something like that.

Power Rankings: No. 21 New York Jets

December, 10, 2013
A weekly examination of the Jets' Power Ranking:

Preseason: 32 | Last Week: 23 | Power Ranking since 2002

It was a crazy week of scoring in the NFL, but it was a relatively static week in terms of the power rankings, as no team rose or dropped more than four spots. That's what happens this time of year. The New York Jets inched up two spots with their 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders (4-9), who haven't finished above .500 since 2002.

The Jets (6-7) are right about where they should be in the rankings, although it has to irk them that the St. Louis Rams (5-8) are one spot ahead of them -- the same Rams who are starting Jets castoff Kellen Clemens at quarterback.

This week, the Jets wrestle with the big boys -- the Carolina Panthers (9-4), the No. 6 team.

Power Rankings: No. 16 New York Jets

November, 19, 2013
A weekly examination of the Jets' Power Ranking:

Preseason: 32 | Last Week: 12 | Power Ranking since 2002

How fitting is this?

After falling to the Buffalo Bills, the Jets dropped four spots to the virtual middle of the rankings -- No. 16. The middle is exactly where you'd expect to find a team with a 5-5 record, a team that has alternated wins and losses for the entire season -- the first team in history to maintain that pattern through its first 10 games.

Looking at their remaining schedule, the Jets face only one team ranked ahead of them: the No. 5 Carolina Panthers. So in theory, the Jets should cruise to a winning record and, perhaps, a wild-card berth in the AFC.

But as we all know, the Jets are a theory-busting team. In theory, they should've beaten the Bills. How'd that go?

Power Rankings: No. 20 New York Jets

October, 15, 2013
A weekly examination of the Jets' Power Ranking:

Preseason: 32 | Last Week: 18 | Power Ranking since 2002

The Jets (3-3) dropped two spots after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a rather modest dip when you consider they lost a home game to a previously winless team. Evidently, the voters don't believe the Steelers (1-4) are your typical bad team.

Except for this past Sunday, the Jets' season is playing out in alignment with the power poll. Their three wins came against teams ranked below them: the Atlanta Falcons (No. 23), Buffalo Bills (No. 25) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 30). Two losses came against opponents ranked above them: the New England Patriots (No. 5) and Tennessee Titans (No. 16).

The schedule is about to turn nasty, as the Jets face three teams in the top eight over the next three weeks: the Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals (No. 8) and New Orleans Saints (No. 3).

Good luck with that.

Power Rankings: No. 18 New York Jets

September, 24, 2013
A weekly examination of the Jets' Power Ranking:

Preseason: 32 | Last Week: 28 | Power Ranking since 2002

The Jets have come a long way from rock bottom. In fact, they jumped 10 spots this week, the largest increase in the league. Rex Ryan's team probably would've landed a higher spot in the rankings if they hadn't committed a franchise-record 20 penalties in their 27-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. On the stat sheet, they dominated the game, yet tarnished the performance with too many silly fouls.

Obviously, they're gaining some traction among the voters, yet there still seems to be some doubt about the Jets. For instance: They're ranked the lowest among the eight 2-1 teams in the league. There's probably some skepticism because of the level of competition, as their wins came against an 0-3 team (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and a 1-2 team (Bills). Sunday's matchup sets up nicely. The Tennessee Titans (2-1) are ranked 17th.

Power Rankings: Jets dead last

September, 3, 2013
The Jets stink.

That's pretty much the feeling of an ESPN panel of voters, which ranked the Jets at the bottom of the league in ESPN's Week 1 Power Rankings. That means they're worse than the Raiders, worse than the Jaguars, worse than the Browns.

Worse than everybody.

I guess the panel didn't buy into the Jets' 3-1 preseason.

Is the panel right about the Jets? I'd say they're a bottom-eight team, for sure. It's hard to say a team is the worst of the worst, but the Jets are starting a rookie quarterback who didn't play well in the preseason ... their best playmaker is coming off a major injury ... they have seven new starters on defense ... and so on.

Look at the bright spot: Anything they accomplish will be considered overachieving.