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2021 NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Deja Vu All Over Again

New York Jets v Denver Broncos Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The New York Jets got annihilated by the Denver Broncos, 26 - 0 on Sunday to fall to 0-3 on the season. The Jets offense is now last in the NFL in points, last in first downs, last in percentage of drives ending in a score. The Jets quarterback has taken his customary place at the bottom of the NFL’s passer ratings. The whole mess is positively Gaseian, leading to a disturbing sense of deja vu among Jets fans. In fact, by some measures this Jets offense is even worse than the historically bad offense the Jets fielded last year under Gase in the first three games of the season. The Jets have scored three points in the first half of games all season. Three points! Which only goes to show, never believe anybody who blithely states it can’t get any worse. It can always get worse. How did the power rankings feel about this loss? Let’s find out.

Pro Football Network

31. New York Jets

This is a terrible football team. Without Mekhi Becton, New York’s offensive line is practically doomed. Zach Wilson has struggled mightily as a rookie, throwing 6 interceptions in his first three games.

The Jets are actually performing quite well on defense from both a volume and efficiency standpoint. They’re above average in rushing and passing efficiency, and they’ve been particularly good on third down.

If the offense can find its way somehow, New York could surprise some folks down the stretch. But with how poorly Wilson has played so far, it’s hard to see how he significantly improves in Year 1.

Sports Illustrated

30. New York Jets (0-3)

Last week: Loss at Denver, 26–0

Next week: vs. Tennessee

It seems logical that football fans in the Big Apple might wish that a global pandemic still kept them out of stadiums. The Jets don’t just look bad. They look hopeless.

New York Post

32. Jets (0-3)

Are we sure that the Jets’ putrid offense the last two seasons was all Adam Gase and Sam Darnold? Gase is long gone. Darnold is thriving in Carolina. And the Jets still have not scored a touchdown in either of their last two games. The honeymoon ended quickly for coach Robert Saleh and, more so, for offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.

ESPN

32. New York Jets (0-3)

Team QBR: 22.1

QBR rank: 32nd

Zach Wilson is struggling — big time. He is throwing too many interceptions (seven), and he is taking too many sacks (15). They’re not all his fault, but he must do a better job of delivering the ball on time. At times, he appears indecisive, as if he isn’t trusting his reads. Look, he is a rookie, and this is to be expected. He knew there would be adversity in this position, and he is getting it all — and early in the season. The arm talent is there, and he is more physically skilled than people realize, but that doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know where to go with the ball. Right now, he looks lost.

USA Today

32. Jets

Never good signs when you become incrementally less competitive at start of a season ... or see your rookie QB picked off seven times and sacked 15 in his first three NFL starts.

It didn’t take long for the Jets to take up residence in the NFL basement. It’s gonna be another long season.

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?