If there's one thing that won't elevate a team in the weekly power rankings, it's uncertainty. With the Jets on a two-game losing streak and Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith both day-to-day, pundits around the league rank the Jets slightly lower than in weeks' past.
Sean Tomlinson, NFL Analyst
No. 11 (Down 3)
The Jets are driven by their defense, but the offense still needs to sustain drives. Ryan Fitzpatrick has proven to be the best option to accomplish that simple goal because of his comfort in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's system.
Elliot Harrison, NFL Media Analyst
Jets No. 11 (Down 4)
His (Geno Smith's) lone turnover did not result in any Raiders points, and while he didn't set the football world on fire, he did make plays to keep the offense viable. Especially when you consider that Chris Ivory and Zac Stacy rushed 18 times for 28 yards.
Pete Prisco, Senior NFL Columnist
Jets No. 12 (Down 3)
Two consecutive losses has the Jets fading fast. With the quarterback problems, they could be in big trouble.
ESPN's Power Panel: A Group of More Than 80 Writers, Editors & TV Personalities
Jets No. 12 (Down 4)
Todd Bowles said Ryan Fitzpatrick tore ligaments in his thumb in the loss to the Raiders. Fitzpatrick has the league's third-best Total QBR (78), the best by any Jets quarterback in the past 10 seasons.
Frank Schwab, Shutdown Corner
Jets No. 13 (Down 3)
Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick are both injured. There's a chance that rookie Bryce Petty will have to start this week. It seems like either Fitzpatrick or Smith or both will be able to play through the pain, but it's still a situation that could really affect them.
Jets No. 14 (Down 6)
The Jets certainly need a quick return from injured quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but his absence can't explain the defensive collapse -- in the past two games the Jets have allowed 804 yards of total offense and 64 points.
Peter King, The MMQB
Jets No. 14 (Down 8)
Big drop this week, from six to 13. Deservedly so. Who's playing quarterback? And for that matter, who kidnapped the defense?
Pat Kirwan, NFL Insider
Jets No. 15 (Down 8)
Upcoming games against Jacksonville, Buffalo and Houston may give them a chance to regroup.