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NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Holding Pattern

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The New York Jets did not lose a game for the first week in more than a month, and perhaps that’s progress. Unfortunately they did not win a game either, as they licked their wounds during the bye week. With no Jets game on tap for the week one would think the team’s status in the power rankings would show little if any change. However, in a development somehow fitting of this Jets season, the Jets lost ground in every power ranking despite not playing a game on Sunday. The power rankings move in mysterious ways.

SB Nation

Jets: 29 (last week: 28)

USA Today

29. Jets (last week: 26)

They have to weigh Sam Darnold’s health against loss of valuable game repetitions ... but while operating suspect attack. Tough dilemma.

Washington Post

31. New York Jets (last week: 30)

The Jets just had a bye week. Did anyone miss them?

ESPN

29. New York Jets (last week 28)

Thankful for: A young quarterback with promise -- Sam Darnold. For the first time in five years (since the Mark Sanchez era), the Jets won’t go into the offseason desperate to find a starter in free agency or the draft. That is a tremendous relief. They believe they have their guy in Darnold. Now the trick is developing him and surrounding him with better pieces.

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?