The New York Jets lost to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, a fifth consecutive loss to start the season. Often times when a team is struggling you hear people say things like “we just need to be more consistent.” What they really mean is “we just need to stop sucking.” The Jets have been extremely consistent. They have consistently sucked. The offense sucks. The defense sucks. The talent sucks. The coaching sucks. The Jets are about as consistent as they can be. They just aren’t any good. How do the power rankings feel about the latest Jets loss? Let’s find out.
32) New York Jets (0-5)
Joe Flacco got the start vs. Arizona for the NFL’s worst football team. And the results went about as everyone expected, with the Jets falling 30-10. The Cardinals averaged 2.8 more yards per play than New York. What is there to get excited about with this team other than possibly earning the first overall pick in next year’s draft and the inevitable firing of Adam Gase? Just like the last two weeks, the Jets are last in my NFL Power Rankings.
32. New York Jets (0-5)
Week 5 ranking: 32
Biggest weakness: Football
The Jets aren’t good at anything, so it’s hard to pinpoint one weakness. They’re one of only four teams in the past 30 years (and the first since the 2013 Jaguars) to lose their first five games by multiple scores. They’ve lost by at least nine points in every game, as the offense has managed only six touchdowns. They’ve given up at least 27 points in every game, and the defense, which kept them in many games last season, is yielding 395 yards per game. It’s a dumpster fire.
32. New York Jets (Previous 32)
The New York Jets were without Sam Darnold in Week 5, which left them turning to Joe Flacco as the starter. Flacco might have a Super Bowl ring on his resume but there’s no denying he’s not what he once was. In this game, he struggled mightily against the Arizona Cardinals, going 18-of-33 for 195 yards and while he did throw a touchdown pass, he led the offense to just 10 points on the day.
Defensively, they were a mess. Kyler Murray had been playing inconsistently in recent weeks but he found some room to work in this one. The second-year quarterback gashed the Jets defense for 380 yards passing and 60 running with two scores. As frustrating as he was for the Jets, Deandre Hopkins was more of a problem with 131 yards and a touchdown.
New York did have at least one player stand out as Jamison Crowder had a great game with 116 yards and the lone touchdown. Le’Veon Bell also played well with 60 yards on just 13 carries, but with them being blown out they had to get away from forcing him the ball.
New York is now 0-5 and if they can’t get things figured out, they will have some tough questions to answer in the offseason — one of which could center around the quarterback position — especially if they get the No. 1 overall pick.
Well, there it is. The Jets don’t need to be more consistent. They are consistently embarrassing. The Jets need to be less consistent. They need to stop consistently sucking.
What do you think? Where should the Jets rank in the NFL power rankings?