The New York Jets lost to the New England Patriots on the road Sunday afternoon in a game that was basically lost shortly after the first quarter ended. The Jets were not competitive in this one. An 0-3 start to the season all but ends any playoff hopes the team may have harbored coming into the season. The rest of the season is shaping up as a very long run up to the 2020 draft and a chance to see what progress Sam Darnold might make in his development. How did the power rankings feel about this loss? Let’s find out.
30. Last week’s ranking: 30
Week 3 result: Lost 30-14 to Patriots
Analysis: Laughably bad start for Adam Gase.
30. Jets (Last Week 31)
Last time the Jets won in September in Foxborough? A 10-3 mess on Sept. 23, 2001, when linebacker Mo Lewis knocked Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe out of the game with a vicious hit, leading to the ascent of a sixth-round backup named Tom Brady. Wonder how that ever worked out. Twenty years after Brady was selected 199th in the 2000 draft, the Jets took Luke Falk in the same spot in the 2019 draft. Things have not gone as well for Falk in his young career. In a 30-14 loss that featured one fumble recovery touchdown and one interception return touchdown for his team, Falk completed 12 of 22 passes for 98 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and five sacks. The Jets’ offense is on hold until Sam Darnold returns from his bout with mononucleosis, and the defense’s decent efforts will be wasted until that happens.
31. (Last Week 31)
Luke Falk wasn’t the answer Sunday, not even close, just as Trevor Siemian hadn’t been the answer during his abbreviated turn as the fill-in starting QB. Sam Darnold can’t come back soon enough. By the time he does, it might be too late to salvage anything from an already lost season.
31. (Last Week 27)
What we got wrong: That cornerback Trumaine Johnson would revitalize his career after being reunited with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Actually, it has gone in the other direction. Johnson lost his starting job to Nate Hairston and played only 10 defensive snaps in the past two games, making him the most expensive dime back in the league ($14.5 million per year). Johnson was a productive player under Williams with the Rams, but he appears to be in cruise control after scoring a big contract with the Jets. If Williams can’t turn him around, who can?
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?