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

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Prediction we missed: The Jets would run the ball well enough to take pressure off QB Zach Wilson.

A big miss by me, as the Jets are ranked 32nd in rushing offense. My projection was based on the impressive history of their offensive scheme, which seemingly always cranked out strong rushing attacks under Kyle Shanahan. The Jets are proving that schemes don't matter as much as players. The offensive line, hurt by the loss of LT Mekhi Becton, is struggling in the outside-zone scheme. As a result, no running back has broken a run longer than 17 yards. -- Rich Cimini

NFL.com -- Rank: 31

Getting embarrassed by the Patriots isn't a new development for the Jets, but it was at least understandable when Tom Brady was the New England quarterback. Getting lit up by a 54-13 score in the Mac Jones era is a level of dysfunction entering into the realm of the indefensible. It was New York's most lopsided loss since 2010 and the most points the team had allowed in 42 years. To make matters worse, Zach Wilson exited with a knee injury that will keep him on the shelf for several weeks and necessitated the return of Joe Flacco. Robert Saleh was brought in to change a culture of losing that's permeated the franchise for nearly a decade. So far, no good.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 32

I don't care that they beat the Titans. They are the worst team in the NFL, especially with Zach Wilson out for a while. It's Mike White time now.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

Now they trade for 2020 QB2 Joe Flacco when they could've just re-signed him to be their Plan B QB, not to mention a steady resource for now-injured rookie Zach Wilson? The faces change here, but the results never seem to.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

Trick or treat: Who's that guy dressed as Joe Flacco at the Jets' Halloween party? Oh, it's actually Joe Flacco. The Jets lost rookie Zach Wilson to a sprained PCL that will keep him out two to four weeks, so on Monday they traded with the Eagles to re-acquire Flacco. We don't know yet if Mike White will make his first NFL start vs. the Bengals or if Flacco immediately becomes the starter. We just know neither changes much in a positive way, and it's a long way to the finish in Robert Saleh's first year as head coach.

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