The Week 4 Power Rankings are out today. See who’s saying what about the Jets.
Comments: The Titans and Jets meet in a battle of surprising 2-1 teams. Geno Smith threw for 331 yards Sunday, a total Jake Locker has reached once in his 14-start career.
CBS Sports Power Rankings: 17th (26th)
Prisco’s Comments: Who had them at 2-1 after three games? They are the team for now in New York. Can it stay that way?
FOX Sports Power Rankings: 18th (29th)
Billick’s Comments: The defensive line in New York may push the line of scrimmage better than any other front in the league right now, but 20 penalties in a game is concerning. This is the first time a team in the NFL won a game with 20+ penalties since the Browns did it in 1951.
NBC Sports / PFT Power Rankings: 24th (28th)
Florio’s Comments: The Chiefs already have won more games than they did in 2012, and the Jets have already won more games than anyone thought they would in 2013.
Yahoo! Sports Power Rankings: 22nd (25th)
Schwab’s Comments: I’m not buying them as a contender or anything, but they look like they might have something in rookie quarterback Geno Smith.
NFL.com Power Rankings: 21st (27th)
Harrison’s Comments: Hand it to the Jets — they make lovin’ fun. New York did everything possible to surrender its third tight affair of the young season. Despite suffering through 20 penalties — 20 — and seven punts, the Jets still gained more than 500 yards of offense. That is absolutely incredible. And give Bilal Powell his due. For all the offseason chatter about Chris Ivory — particularly in fantasy football — Powell was the team’s MVP against the Buffalo Bills. Gaining 158 yards on 29 touches in a division game is outstanding. Ivory v. Powell … it’s like Emmitt v. Barry.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThis is totally self-serving, but Billick’s assessment is the same one that I made over the weekend and was lambasted by some Seattaphiles. Suck on that, you agrohippies!
Regardless, the national media is finally realizing that this defense is going to keep them competitive, and if Geno Smith can make a few game-changing plays as we saw him do this past weekend while limiting his mistakes, all the offense need do is be mediocre for this team to be put into playoff contention discussion.
That said, trouble is around the bend. The Jets travel to a rising Tennessee team this coming weekend, then to Atlanta for a crumbling but still capable Falcons team before taking on the Steelers and Patriots at home before heading to Cinci and then at home against the Saints. This is where the Jets schedule quickly ratchets up and we’ll see sort of stuff this team is truly made of.