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NFL Power Ranking: NY Jets Crack Top Ten

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The Jets are performing above expectation for many, although a lot of us had faith in this team from the start. The "experts" around the league are starting to appreciate just how good the Jets are this year, although like our esteemed coach enthuses, we still have a long way to go.

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NFL.com - 7th (Last Week: 8th)

Yet another win for Todd Bowles and company, who have quietly gotten off to a sturdy 4-1 start and are in sole possession of second place in the AFC East. (Does anyone care about being in sole possession of second place?) That Jets defense shook off a few Redskins impact plays before ultimately shutting the door in the second half. And Ryan Fitzpatrick added a sweet touchdown run in which he clocked about a 6.4-second 40. Still counts, man.

CBS - 5th (Last Week: 8th)

The formula is working. An aggressive defense that stops the run, gets after the QB, and forces turnovers, and a running game that's averaging a league-best 146 yards per game. When Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Ryan Fitzpatrick start making plays, it's REALLY rolling

ESPN - 8th (Last Week:11th)

Chris Ivory is averaging an NFL-best 115.0 rushing yards per game this season. The Jets are 4-0 when Ivory is in the lineup (0-1 without him).

Washington Post - 6th (Last Week: 7th)

Todd Bowles has done a terrific coaching job so far and now he gets his first shot at Bill Belichick and the Patriots on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. Bowles undoubtedly won't make Jets-Patriots games as lively as Rex Ryan did. But he might make them more successful for the Jets.

New York Post - 7th (Last Week: 9th)

Opposing quarterbacks have just a 32.8 passer rating against Darrelle Revis, second-lowest among NFL cornerbacks behind Carolina's Josh Norman.

Newsday - 7th (Last Week: 8th)

Todd Bowles has the Jets off to a remarkable start, as the they've already equaled last year's win total. The Jets overcame a sluggish start, due in part to some bye week rust, and dominated Washington in the second half. Now we see how good the Jets really are: They're on the road on Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots.

PFT - 6th (Last Week: 8th)

When does the Jets coach start spouting off about how much he hates Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? Oh wait, that guy's gone.