Here are how some of the big media outlets rate the Jets relative to the rest of the league going into Week 9. As bad as Sunday's loss was, one of these rankings may floor you.
SB Nation (Jason Chilton): 28 (-12)
While Geno Smith's Dual-Schaub performance wasn't the ugliest Jets moment in October, it wasn't far off. New York seems like they're juggling chainsaws on offense, and the results are sometimes impressive but frequently stomach-turning. Sheldon Richardson has been a revalation on the defensive front, but opposing receivers have happily traded lockdown on Revis Island for care-free frolicking in Cromartie Cove.
As Geno goes, so go the Jets. Geno Smith has a plus-3 TD-Int differential in wins and a minus-8 differential in losses, like Sunday's debacle in Cincinnati.
FOX Sports (Brian Billick): 16 (-2)
The Jets have yet to win two in a row this season, but they have avoided losing two in a row, as well. That may change with New Orleans coming to town this week.
Yahoo! (Shutdown Corner): 16 (-2)
It's hard to have a point-differential of minus-68 and still be 4-4, but the Jets have found a way to pull it off. For perspective, the Buccaneers' point differential is minus-63 and the Vikings are minus-62.
Up one week, down the next. That's what you get with a rookie quarterback.
A hot and cold team that will probably wind up 8-8 as Geno Smith goes through the learning curve of being an NFL QB. The defense has to be great every week for them to win and last week vs. the Bengals they were not anything near good.
From Andy Dalton to Drew Brees. Uh, oh.
Where do you think the Jets should rank?