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NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: One Step Forward, One Step Back

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The New York Jets lost by 20 points to a superior Minnesota Vikings team at MetLife Stadium Sunday to drop their record back under .500 at 3-4 on the season. This week’s NFL power rankings reflect a step back in the wake of that loss.

SB Nation

Jets: 24 (last week: 22)

The Jets are better than they were last year now that they have a franchise quarterback under center in Sam Darnold, but they’re not real contenders this year.

USA Today

25. Jets (last week: 22)

How can we expect consistency from a team that’s worn four different colored facemasks in seven weeks? (only premium analysis in this space).

Washington Post

24. New York Jets (last week: 21)

It continues to be a step forward, a step backward for rookie QB Sam Darnold and the Jets. There’s little reason to believe that will change all season, and they could face a difficult decision afterward about whether to make a regime change and bring in an offensive-minded head coach to oversee Darnold’s development.


27. New York Jets (last week 25)

Need more from: QB Sam Darnold. He might have been the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, but the Jets rank in the bottom three in the NFL in Total QBR (30th). New York also ranks 30th this year in completion percentage (56 percent) and interceptions per pass attempt (5 percent).

With the obvious proviso that power rankings are stupid, unless they praise the Jets, in which case they’re awesome, what do you think? Where should the Jets rank in the NFL power rankings?