The Jets finally won again. Granted, it happened against another 2-8 team but a win is a win. The 3-8 Gang Green are now back in top 30 in the latest editions of the NFL power rankings. Their current average position is the highest since Week 8, right after their upset win against the Bengals. CBS Sports and PFT have Robert Saleh's team at #28, while the other four websites all have the Jets at #29 overall. The next game is against the Eagles, the only team the Jets have never beaten in regular season. Philadelphia (5-7) is favored by a touchdown in the upcoming game. Can Zach Wilson and Co. make it two wins in a row? It's unlikely but you just never know when it comes to the New York Jets.
Here's what different power rankings websites had to say about the Jets:
ESPN: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.
Sporting News: The Jets couldn't finish off the Dolphins to move up in Week 11 but they did well to outslug the Texans in Houston. Zach Wilson wasn't pretty in his return from his knee injury, but a win sparked by his rushing score will be a big confidence builder to close out the season, hopefully healthy.
CBS Sports: Winning with Zach Wilson as the starter is a good thing for the future. It's all about him the rest of the way.
ProFootballTalk: Both New York teams winning in the same window is officially a sign of the apocalypse.
Yahoo Sports: 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.
NFL.com: 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.