This week’s batch of NFL power rankings show the Jets as one of the week’s big risers after their 48-17 domination of the Lions last night.
20. New York Jets (Last week: 27)
19. New York Jets (1-0) | Last Week’s Rank: 29
Rookie QB Sam Darnold rebounded from throwing an interception for a TD on his first NFL snap to play very well Monday night in Detroit. The Jets used a 31-point third quarter to embarrass the Lions. No one should get carried away after one game. But Darnold’s debut could not have gone much better.
26. New York Jets
2018 record: 1-0
Preseason ranking: 30
Sam Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick in April’s draft, had a debut to remember. He is the first QB to win by 31 points in his first career start since Tom Brady in Week 3 of 2001 against the Peyton Manning-led Colts. -- ESPN Stats & Info
22. Jets (29): Deep breath, J-E-T-S fans. Past first-round QBs Richard Todd and Mark Sanchez won their first starts, too ... but Sam Darnold sure did look sweet Monday night.
15. New York Jets (1-0)
Now that was a debut, Sam Darnold! After a pick-six to start his career, Darnold settled down and help lead the Jets to a blowout victory in Detroit. The lopsided win was eyeopening in everyday, and led to this question: Are the Jets poised to be sneaky good in the AFC this year?