The New York Jets defeated the Miami Dolphins, 22-21, on a game winning field goal by Sam Ficken on Sunday. This was the Jets’ fourth victory in their last five games, a nice run that will likely peter out over the last three games when the Jets face more challenging competition. Still, it’s nice to get some wins.
What effect did the win have on the Jets in the power rankings? Let’s find out.
24. Jets (Last week: 25)
This was a close one for current Jets and former Dolphins coach Adam Gase. Were it not for a controversial pass interference call late in Sunday’s game that set things up for Sam Ficken’s winning field goal, Gase would have become the first coach in NFL history to go 0-2 against a team he coached the previous season. But the Jets managed to save their coach from that indignity despite the absences of running back Le’Veon Bell (flu) and safety Jamal Adams (foot) by limiting the Dolphins to seven field goals and no touchdowns. Quarterback Sam Darnold connected with wide receiver Robby Anderson seven times on 11 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown, and backup running back Bilal Powell gained 74 yards on 19 carries.
That’s the good news. The bad news? The Jets play the Ravens on Thursday night. Ouch.
21. New York Jets (5-8) | Last Week’s Rank: 24
When it takes an instant replay reversal on pass interference to be able to beat the Dolphins with a field goal as time expires at home, there’s really not that much to celebrate.
27. New York Jets (5-8) (Last Week’s Rank: 28)
Special teams: 9th
The offense has been a bust. With a new offensive-minded coach in Adam Gase and with the addition of RB Le’Veon Bell, the offense figured to be in the middle of the pack, perhaps higher if QB Sam Darnold flourished in his second year. Darnold missed three games due to mononucleosis and everything got out of whack. Since his Week 6 return, the Jet have averaged only 21 points per game.
What do you think? Where should the Jets rank in the NFL power rankings?