Week 8 of the NFL season saw the New York Jets put on a split personality performance, as they were horrible in the first half only to come roaring back in the second half , scoring 24 unanswered points and securing a 31-28 victory against the Cleveland Browns. The Power Rankers, not to be confused with the Power Rangers, collectively shrugged off the win against the winless Browns. For the second consecutive week the Jets won and got moved DOWN in at least one ranking. Maybe the Jets need to start losing again to impress the Power Rankers that be.
Here are this week's power rankings:
SB Nation 27 (unchanged from last week)
NFL.com 29 (down from 27 last week)
Watching Jets games, can't you just feel Todd Bowles' consternation through the TV (or tablet or smartphone) screen? He might be mild-mannered, but that doesn't mean Bowles is oblivious to when his team is stinking up the joint. He'll take the W, and that's it. As he said himself, "When you win, you win. When you lose, you lose. ... We ain't going to b---- about it when we win." The Jets shouldn't B.S. about using Matt Forte and Bilal Powell as much as possible. The fact that those two averaged 36 combined touches in the Jets' consecutive wins is more important than any cute fantasy stat. Wonder what Bowles thinks about fantasy? I don't.
CBS 26 (unchanged from last week)
Ryan Fitzpatrick came back in and got them a victory. But they still aren't very good.
ESPN 27 (up from 28 last week)
Through this point last season, Ryan Fitzpatrick had 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Those numbers are basically flipped this season (seven TDs, 11 INTs), and Fitzpatrick has already been benched once. The Jets have a lot of work to do if they want to reach the top 10 in these Power Rankings again.