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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 16 roundup for the Jets in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

How hot is Robert Saleh's seat: 1. Cold seat

Saleh, who inherited one of the worst rosters in the league, is finishing up Year 1 in a major youth movement. This is a long-term rebuild, which should start to bear fruit in 2022. His defense is historically poor -- and some of that falls on him -- but Saleh is doing a good job of galvanizing the organization with his upbeat demeanor. The negativity is testing him in ways he never imagined. -- Rich Cimini

NFL.com -- Rank: 31

The Jets are deficient in so many areas that it seems reductive to put their ineptitude at the feet of a 22-year-old rookie quarterback. Still, Zach Wilson's ongoing struggles cannot be ignored. New York managed three first downs in the second half of Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Dolphins and the big-picture numbers paint a grim picture: When Wilson missed four weeks with a knee injury, the offense, led by a coterie of backup QBs, averaged 24.5 points and 435.8 yards per game. In the four weeks since the No. 2 pick's return to the lineup, the Jets have averaged 16.3 points and 257.8 yards per game. Wilson has yet to put together a full four quarters of quality play this season -- and he's running out of time to do so.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 31

They competed at Miami, but they are too limited in terms of what Zach Wilson can do. The defense has issues as well.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

For the 11th consecutive season, they won't be going to the playoffs. For the 54th consecutive season, they won't have a 4,000-yard passer.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

Our gift to you: One quality performance from Zach Wilson. The Jets have little to play for and fans have little to be optimistic about given how widespread the failures have been this season. Wilson, who is 2-8 as a starter, is no exception. But how about one excellent, spellbinding game from the first-round quarterback during this stretch run? How about one game full of awe-inspiring throws and smart decisions that can leave fans feeling good about the future at quarterback, if even for a week? Is that so much to ask?

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