The New York Jets defeated the Oakland Raiders, 34 - 3, on Sunday as Sam Darnold had the finest performance of his NFL carer and the Jets defense completely shut down a good Raiders offense. The Jets improved their record to 4-7, and with that they continued to rise in the power rankings as they extended their winning streak to three games.
How far did the win over the Raiders take the Jets in the power rankings? Let’s find out.
20. Jets (Last week: 27)
Don’t look now, but the Jets are officially feisty with a three-game winning streak following a 1-7 start that had many wondering if head coach Adam Gase would make it out of the season with a job. Gang Green has scored 34 points in all three wins, outscoring their opponents 102-47, and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams presided over the benching of Oakland quarterback Derek Carr as the Jets thrashed the Raiders, 34-3, on Sunday. Carr was limited to 15 completions in 27 attempts for 127 yards and an interception. Sam Darnold was far more efficient, going 20 of 29 for 315 yards and two touchdowns. It may be too late for a playoff run, but this has been an impressive streak.
19. New York Jets (4-7) | Last Week’s Rank: 22
Sam Darnold doesn’t seem to be seeing any ghosts lately, and the Jets at least have moved out of the totally embarrassing category.
25. New York Jets (4-7) (Last Week’s Rank: 28)
What they’re thankful for: An easy schedule.
The schedule softened at just the right time. At 1-7, the Jets were on the brink of disaster, as speculation swirled about Adam Gase’s job security. The schedule brought them the Giants and Redskins -- 2-7 and 1-9, respectively, at the time. The Jets won both contests, giving them enough confidence to beat the Raiders. Up next are the Bengals (0-11) and Dolphins (2-9), setting up a potentially fascinating December. Timing is everything in sports.
What do you think? Where should the Jets rank in the NFL power rankings?