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Jets find themselves at the bottom of NFL power rankings

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Sunday’s opener against the Bills did not go the way the Jets wanted. It is reflected in this week’s power rankings, which put the team at the bottom of the league.

32. New York Jets

Previous rank: No. 25

Outclassed and outcoached. That’s the succinct way to describe the season opener, a 27-17 loss to the Bills that wasn’t nearly that close in reality. Josh Allen piled up nearly 400 yards with his arm and legs while his counterpart, Sam Darnold, showed no evidence of greater comfort in his second year in Adam Gase’s system. Darnold has the deck stacked against him on multiple levels, but that doesn’t excuse the errant passes and poor decision-making that we saw for most of the afternoon in Orchard Park. Darnold now gets the 49ers in Week 2, and it looks like he won’t have Le’Veon Bell, who could miss multiple weeks with a hamstring injury. The Jets feel like a bad news factory right now.


32. New York Jets

Preseason ranking: 27

Best rookie debut: LT Mekhi Becton

Facing a very good Buffalo front, the Jets’ first-round pick held up reasonably well, especially in pass protection. He allowed one sack, per ESPN Stats & Info, but it was a borderline “coverage” sack. Becton held his own against Jerry Hughes and displayed the ability to finish blocks in both the passing and running games, tossing the defender on a couple of occasions. He handled speed on the edge, no small task without a preseason. He was one of the few bright spots for the Jets.

Sports Illustrated MMQB

30. New York Jets (0-1)

Last week: Loss at Buffalo 27-17

Next week: vs. San Francisco

Adam Gase is on the hottest seat of any coach in the league, and this seems to be unraveling faster by the day. When a season starts out with this much negativity, how often does it ever turn around?

CBS Sports

32. Jets

It’s going to be a long season for the Jets. The talent simply is not there. Sam Darnold has little around him. It’s going to be a long season for the Jets. The talent simply is not there. Sam Darnold has little around him. It’s going to be a long season for the Jets. The talent simply is not there. Sam Darnold has little around him.

Yahoo Sports

32. New York Jets (0-1, Last Week: 26)

Maybe I’m overreacting to one week, but that was a horrendous performance and I’m not sure why it’ll get any better. There are very few blue-chip players on either side of the ball and Adam Gase isn’t a good coach. Other than that, things are going really well for the Jets.

The Sporting News

32. New York Jets 0-1 (30)

The Jets showed little life offensively or defensively under Adam Gase in Buffalo with more struggles from Sam Darnold, which look really bad in relation to Allen, Jackson and even Mayfield in the same draft class. Maybe Gase and Darnold want to force the Jets into a new offensive-minded coach and QB situation in 2021?

USA Today

31. Jets (27): Little to like about Sunday’s performance ... except Marcus Maye (10 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 pass break-ups). NYJ might wind up paying a safety after all.

Washington Post

29. New York Jets (0-1) | Last week’s rank: 27

New season. Same Jets. That’s not a good thing.