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2023 NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Same As It Ever Was

The Jets slide into a familiar late season collapse

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NFL: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets offensive woes continued on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills in a lifeless 32 - 6 loss. Unfortunately the Jets defense pulled a rare clunker as well, resulting in a blowout.

The loss to the Buffalo Bills brought the Jets’ record to 4-6 on the season. Their playoff hopes are on life support. They next return home to face the first place 7-3 Miami Dolphins on Friday. The Dolphins have crushed lesser teams and lost to every winning team they’ve faced this season. Unfortunately for the Jets, they are squarely among the lesser teams in the NFL. If somehow the Jets can turn things around on offense and defeat the Dolphins on Friday, then perhaps they can find a way to work their way back into relevance this season. But that’s a lot easier said than done.

How did the power rankings feel about this latest loss for the Jets? Let’s find out.

Pro Football Network

21) New York Jets (21)

Zach Wilson is not an NFL quarterback. That’s been the case since Day 1, but the allusion of upside persisted. When New York traded for Aaron Rodgers, the belief was that time would help ease Wilson back into the game, but Rodgers’ injury thrust him back into the fire. His wax wings melted immediately.

This defense is ready to compete. They have enough offensive firepower to be a problem in the AFC. Even bottom-third QB play could be good enough. But Wilson has been the worst in the league once again in 2023.

Sports Illustrated

25. New York Jets (4-6)

Last week: loss at Buffalo, 32–6

Next week: vs. Miami

Don’t cry that it’s over, smile that it happened, right? I don’t know that Tim Boyle is going to change the fortunes of the New York Jets, or keep them relevant long enough for Aaron Rodgers to make a late-season return, but I do think that this season was a kind of victory in humanity for the Jets. Zach Wilson was given a very long rope. He was not irresponsibly thrust in and out of the lineup. He was supported unconditionally. I do think he will be successful somewhere else, at another time. But now, it’s about laying the groundwork for some confidence heading into 2024.


26. New York Jets (4-6)

Week 11 ranking: 23

Preseason hot seat: Coach Robert Saleh, GM Joe Douglas

Current temperature of hot seat: Warm

It’s not a “hot” seat, per se, but the temperature will continue to rise if Saleh and the Jets don’t start winning some games. The Aaron Rodgers injury in Week 1 flipped everything upside down, but that’s no excuse for total ineptitude on offense. The offseason decision to make Zach Wilson the QB2 has compromised the entire season. Saleh’s record is 15-29, Douglas 24-42. Those kinds of records usually get people fired. Maybe they will get a lifeline because of the Rodgers situation.

USA Today

27. Jets (20): All due respect to Zach Wilson … and Tim Boyle … but the NYJ seem dead in the water without QB1 Aaron Rodgers. Until they’re not?

Opinions about the Jets are dropping fast. They’re now ranked as low as 27th in the NFL, with the likelihood of sinking further unless they can figure out how to score more points on offense.

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?