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NFL power rankings 2017, Week 5: Jets Still Aren’t Getting Much Love

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NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets might be riding a two game winning streak, but most power rankings still have them on the bottom half of a league with a skeptical eye.

SB Nation

20. New York Jets

Bleacher Report

22. New York Jets

If you want to know the recipe for how to nearly end a game in disaster, watch the film from the New York Jets game.

New York was up 10 points and on the verge of adding to its fourth-quarter lead. Then quarterback Josh McCown threw a backward pass without first making sure the running back was ready for it. Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack scooped up the ball and returned it 81 yards for a touchdown. Another interception then set the Jaguars up with a game-tying field goal and overtime.

The Jets ended up pulling out the win, but the end of the game shows where New York has a major problem. For a veteran, McCown makes a lot of bonehead turnovers.

The game should never have been close because the Jets dominated it. McCown is obviously not a long-term solution.

Still, the Jets deserve credit. They're 2-2, they're beginning to run the ball well and McCown is capable of making big plays with his arm. If he can limit stupid mistakes, the Jets can be a dangerous team.

Yahoo Sports

29. New York Jets

So were we just wrong on the Jets? Did they happen to catch two tired teams at home? (The Dolphins played in Los Angeles before playing the Jets and were on their way to London; the Jaguars played in London the week before.) I’m not sure but as I said in Winners and Losers, it seems like the Jets aren’t this good and they’re going to win just enough to blow a shot at one of the top quarterbacks in the 2018 draft.

Washington Post

19. New York Jets

Something is going terribly wrong in the Jets’ bid to tank the season: They’re winning a few games. Does this mean that they can’t even tank the season properly? Maybe they should have spent the past few decades trying to tank. They would have won more often.

ESPN

26. New York Jets

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr lit up the Jets with an 82 completion percentage in Week 2 with three touchdowns and no picks. All other quarterbacks who have played the Jets this season? Four touchdowns, four picks and a 53 completion percentage. New York is already halfway to matching its interception total from 2016.