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2021 NFL Power Rankings: New York Jets

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New York Jets rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Jets in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

The Jets have made strides on offense, going from 31st to 21st in total yards. But the problem is, rookie QB Zach Wilson -- who missed four games during this window -- had nothing to do with the improvement. They have to get him up to speed, simply because he is their future. On the downside, the defense dropped from 22nd to 32nd, which included a historically bad funk of four games. The defense took a couple of baby steps in the 21-14 win at the Texans on Sunday, but it has a long way to go. -- Rich Cimini

NFL.com -- Rank: 29

The NFL's last-ranked defense came alive in the second half against the Texans, holding Houston to just 45 yards and zero points over the final two quarters en route to a 21-14 win. It was a much-needed confidence boost for Robert Saleh's side of the ball, but the Jets had to be less enthused about the play of Zach Wilson, who struggled with accuracy and decision-making in his return to the lineup after missing four weeks with a knee sprain. Credit offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur for cooking up an adjusted game plan that put his QB in the back seat as New York dug out of a 14-3 first-half deficit. Growing pains are always expected with a rookie under center, but Wilson's have been especially uncomfortable.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

Winning with Zach Wilson as the starter is a good thing for the future. It's all about him the rest of the way.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

Costly win at Houston on Sunday dropped them to fourth in the 2022 draft order ... though Week 16 date with Jacksonville could still allow NYJ to improve their position.

The Athletic -- Rank: 29

Problem area: Zach Wilson's supporting cast. The rookie quarterback hasn't had a great start to his career. He was a turnover machine early in the season and then suffered an injury that kept him on the sideline for a month. If the Jets are going to keep Wilson's career on track, they need to continue to invest in the offensive line this offseason and find another pass catcher or two to help lift this offense. They currently lack a legitimate No. 1 receiver or No. 1 tight end. They also have to rebuild the defense, so Joe Douglas has a lot of work ahead of him.

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