Week 9 of the NFL season saw the New York Jets bravely snatch defeat from the terrible jaws of victory, as they held a 4th quarter lead for the entire time it took for the Miami Dolphins to answer a Jets touchdown with a kick return touchdown of their own. The Power Rankers have gotten as bored with the Jets as have the fans, collectively responding to wins and losses alike with little to no movement in the rankings. Perhaps they are just taking the sage advice of Rudyard Kipling. In his poem IF, Kipling gives his young son advice on what it means to grow up and mature into a fine young man. The poem takes the form of a series of "if" statements, each of which demonstrates a quality to be aspired to. One of those if statements is as follows:
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same
Apparently Power Rankers are Kipling groupies. Who knew?
The Jets won twice in a row and barely budged in the rankings. This week the Jets lost and again barely budged in the rankings.
Here are this week's power rankings:
SB Nation 28 (down from 27 last week)
NFL.com 29 (unchanged from last week)
Third-and-2 ... Dolphins' ball just inside of the Jets' 7-yard line ... Miami leading 17-13. Ryan Tannehill drops back and immediately pivots right, looking to dump the ball off to running backJay Ajayi. Rookie linebacker Jordan Jenkins reads it perfectly, peeling off the right tackle's block, stepping right in front of Tannehill's telegraphed lob. Nothing but 85 yards and a Gang Green lead in front of him. Kerplunk. Then, trailing 20-16, the Jets have the ball on third-and-8 and inside the red zone. Ryan Fitzpatrick lofts a 50-50 ball where two guys are waiting. The only issue: Neither was a Jet. One missed turnover, one costly turnover. Annnnnd the Jets are 3-6.
CBS 28 (down from 26 last week)
This season has gone bad quickly. Todd Bowles was considered a coaching star last year. Now? Not so much.
ESPN 26 (up from 27 last week)
12: The Jets have the fourth-worst second-half point differential this season, thanks in large part to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's 12 second-half interceptions (one in the first half).
0.7 percent: The Jets' struggles have them with a 0.7 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to NFL FPI.