30. JETS (0-3)
Last week’s ranking: 30
Week 3 result: Bye week
Analysis: Will Sam Darnold return from his mono absence this week?
Up next: at Eagles
31. New York Jets
(Week 4 bye. 0-3. Last week: 30)
If the Redskins aren’t the worst non-Dolphins team in the NFL, Adam Gase’s Jets might be. Certainly the offensive ineptitude is telling. Gang Green’s Week 4 bye gave them a week without competition, and another week for quarterback Sam Darnold to continue his recovery from mononucleosis. But when Darnold returns, there’s only so much he’ll be able to do. Only the Dolphins have scored fewer points than the Jets’ 33. No team has gained fewer yards than their 590. They’ve scored one offensive touchdown to their two defensive and special teams touchdowns, and they’ve scored on 5.6% of their drives. How bad is that? The Chiefs lead the NFL with a 56.1% scoring rate. Yes, that means Gase’s team is ten times worse in putting up points than the NFL’s best. Tell me again why he’s supposed to be an offensive genius?
29. New York Jets (0-3) | Last Week’s Rank: 31
The Jets actually move up in the rankings by not playing, thanks to the woes of other teams. At least the Jets have some prospect of improving when QB Sam Darnold returns to the lineup.
30. New York Jets (0-3)
Week 4 ranking: 31
FPI chance to make the playoffs: 3.0%
How to increase their playoff chances: Real simple: Score. The Jets have only one touchdown from scrimmage in their first three games -- a franchise first. The possible return this week of QB Sam Darnold (mono) and next week’s return of TE Chris Herndon (suspension) will help, but the problems run deeper than two players. The offensive line has been a huge disappointment, starting with C Ryan Kalil, who came out of retirement. There have been too many scheme breakdowns and blown assignments, and it’s on coach Adam Gase to get it fixed. There will be no excuses when Darnold is back in the lineup.
Where do you think the Jets should rank?