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NFL power rankings 2017, Week 9: Jets are falling

Atlanta Falcons vs  New York Jets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The Jets are on the way back down in the latest NFL power rankings. They started the year at the bottom of the league. They aren’t all the way back down after their three game losing streak, but they are heading in that direction.

SB Nation

22. New York Jets


26. New York Jets

The Jets could actually be in the hunt still if they could close out games late. They've been outscored by 56 points in the fourth quarter this season, the second worst in the NFL. Josh McCown has a Total QBR of 12 in the fourth quarter this year (and a 69 Total QBR in first three quarters).

Washington Post

27. New York Jets

Maybe the Jets should have tanked the season, after all.

Sports Illustrated

24. New York Jets

Bleacher Report

25. New York Jets

The New York Jets played a good game against the Atlanta Falcons. I still admire what the Jets do on the defensive side of the ball, especially on the defensive front. It's not dominant, though, and it's going to have a tough time taking over against teams like Atlanta.

The Jets were fortunate that Matt Ryan and Alex Mack fumbled two quarterback-center exchanges. It made the defense look a little better than it was on the stat sheet.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown played well for the most part in some rough conditions. He seems to be finding some real chemistry with receiver Robby Anderson as his go-to playmaker. McCown has actually played very well this season, and the Jets have chances in games because of him.

Special teams, though, has been an issue for New York. On Sunday, for example, a dropped punt led to a Falcons field goal and a five-point lead. That was huge with the game winding down.

The Jets aren't a playoff team, but they're going to be a pain in the ass all year because of the defense.


26. New York Jets

Matt Forte created a stir when he took a shot at offensive coordinator John Morton as he complained the Jets didn’t run enough in a loss Sunday. It was a bit odd why he only got four carries in a rainstorm. “Everybody knows that that was the game plan and that’s what we wanted to do,” Forte said, according to Newsday. “I don’t have to get on a headset and tell somebody how to do their job.” However, it’s also worth noting that Forte had just seven yards on his carries and as a team the Jets averaged just two yards per carry. It’s hard to keep calling runs when they’re not going anywhere.