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NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Rising From The Ashes

NFL: DEC 20 Jets at Rams Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The New York Jets beat the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday for their first win of the 2020 season, breaking a 13 game losing streak to start the season. The Jets played inspired football on defense and produced just enough on offense to squeak out a close one against the Rams. While the win was their first of the season, the Jets should have won two weeks ago against the Las Vegas Raiders if it hadn’t been for a ridiculous defensive call by former Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. In addition, the Jets dominated the game against the New England Patriots before collapsing in the last few minutes, and they played a tough one score game in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, all in their last five games. In short, the Jets have become a competitive team, even if they have just one win to show for it. Competitive but losing is hardly a thing to celebrate, but it sure beats getting blown out every week.

The uptick in the Jets fortunes is reflected in this week’s power rankings, as the Jets climb out of the cellar.

Pro Football Network

31) New York Jets (1-13)

The Jets won! New York led the Rams 13-3 at the half and gave Los Angeles all they could handle. Sam Darnold played a very strong game as he auditions for the rest of the NFL. Quinnen Williams, one of the Jets’ best young players and a true building block for this organization, was dominant before leaving this game with an injury.

However, New York’s defense was still able to hold on and get this win while losing the first overall pick in the process.

Sports Illustrated

31. New York Jets (1-13)

Last week: Win at Los Angeles Rams 23–20

Next week: vs. Cleveland

I know people think losing the first pick is a big deal. The reality is that, this year, it really is. Poor Jets fans.

New York Post

31. Jets (1-13) (32)

The Jets are out of the cellar in the weekly rankings for the first time this season, so there’s your consolation prize for potentially losing out on a shot at Trevor Lawrence. The Bengals’ surprise win Monday night over Pittsburgh did clinch no worse than the No.2 overall pick for the Jets. Next: Sunday vs. Cleveland

Sporting News

31. New York Jets 1-13 (32)

The Jets deserved to get out of the cellar as their win over the Rams was more impressive than the Jaguars’ Week 1 win over the Colts.

The Jets win may have cost the Jets the 1st overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which is not ideal. Nonetheless, the team seems to be making a little progress in the last half of the season.

What do you think? Are the Jets still the worst team in the NFL? Where should the Jets rank in the NFL power rankings?