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2023 NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: A Fine Mess

The Jets put together their worst performance of the season as they were eliminated from playoff contention

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New York Jets v Miami Dolphins Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

The New York Jets went into last Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins off their finest performance of the season. They had blown out the Houston Texans 30 - 6 the prior week. They had excelled in every aspect of the game. Zach Wilson had put together the finest performance of his NFL career. They were facing a Dolphins team battered by injuries, missing several starters on the offensive line, several starters in the defensive backfield, and their All Pro wide receiver, Tyreek Hill. If ever there was a setup for the Jets to pull an upset, it was on Sunday against the Dolphins. Instead, the Jets never showed up. They were outplayed, outcoached, out efforted, out everythinged. They were out of the game by the end of the 1st quarter, and succumbed without a fight, 30 - 0. It was a fine mess.

The loss to the Dolphins brought the Jets’ record to 5-9 on the season and mathematically eliminated them from the playoffs. They next take on the 4-10 Washington Commanders in a contest between the dregs of the league.

How did the power rankings feel about this pathetic Jets performance? Let’s find out.

Pro Football Network

25) New York Jets (25)

Anyone who thought Zach Wilson had turned the corner after throwing for 300 yards and two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday might want to think again. Wilson, who earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week 14, completed just four of 11 passes against the Dolphins today before departing with a concussion.

By losing on Sunday, the Jets were officially eliminated from the postseason. They haven’t made the playoffs in 13 years, the longest drought among America’s major sports franchises.

Sports Illustrated

26. New York Jets (5-9)

Last week: loss at Miami, 30–0

Next week: vs. Washington

We are getting to a difficult point in this Jets tenure; a sort of bitter end. Without a doubt, Zach Wilson cannot be in the building next year and the Jets will have to brace themselves for the possibility of him succeeding elsewhere. The most difficult thing for me to stomach is how much work went into eradicating the miserable taste of the recent Jets’ past, only to confront a kind of new issue brought on by outlandish expectations, and the tethering of oneself to a singular player. Stay tuned in Florham Park, as always.

ESPN

27. New York Jets (5-9)

We’re No. 1 ... in forcing safeties.

The Jets and Rams have the most safeties (two apiece). Yeah, we’re reaching here, but it has been that kind of year for the Jets. They’re the only team to record a safety in the first quarter. In fact, both came in the first quarter, which means they have more safeties than touchdowns (one) in the opening period. We’re not making this up.

USA Today

27. New York Jets (26): They have fewer touchdowns, yards and first downs than any other offense. But it could be tough to maintain that pace this weekend against Washington’s “defense.”

Opinions have settled into a tight range. The Jets are ranked as high as 25 and as low as 27.

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?