The New York Jets lost to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, a 12th consecutive loss to start the season. At 0-12 the Jets are the NFL’s sole winless team. However, there are signs the Jets are becoming a competitive NFL team. Despite the ridiculous way the Jets lost on Sunday, they were actually the better team for 59 minutes and 47 seconds, against a decent Raiders team. It was the third time in the last four games the Jets had a legitimate shot to win late in the fourth quarter, and the second time in the last four games the Jets really should have won the game. Sure, in the end, the Jets lost again, but this is no longer a hopeless, completely overmatched team. This is a team that should be competitive with most of the bottom half of the league most Sundays, and a team that is probably not playing the worst football in the NFL any more. That slight rise in the Jets fortunes is reflected in this week’s power rankings, where they are now not ranked 32nd in the NFL by two different sources.
31) New York Jets (0-12)
New York nearly got their first win of the year over the Raiders, but in the end, they are still the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to the race for Trevor Lawrence. Sam Darnold didn’t play a bad game, but it was the Jets’ rushing attack that really stood out, averaging 6.1 yards per carry and totaling 206 yards on the ground.
32. New York Jets (0-12)
Person with most at stake: QB Sam Darnold
No, it’s not head coach Adam Gase, because his ouster is thought to be a foregone conclusion. Darnold’s future, however, is uncertain. He has four games to convince the front office he should be the 2021 starter, but that decision likely will be determined by draft position. If the Jets get the No. 1 pick, they almost certainly will take Trevor Lawrence, regardless of how Darnold plays. That said, Darnold could be playing to be another team’s starter in 2021.
31. Jets (0-12) (32)
Gregg Williams deserved to get fired, and Adam Gase is sure to follow, after Sunday’s game-ending debacle kept the imperfect season — and the possibility of the No. 1 overall draft pick — alive. Next: Sunday at Seattle
32. New York Jets 0-12 (32)
The Jets confirmed they will lose no matter what, no matter how, no matter against whom with Adam Gase and Gregg Williams.
At this point we are just counting days until the season mercifully ends and we can look forward to a new Jets era with a new coaching staff and a new quarterback. But at least the Jets have returned to the land of competitive football.
What do you think? Are the Jets still the worst team in football? Where should the Jets rank in the NFL power rankings?