Top 3 NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Breaking down NY Jets

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Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during a touchdown reception in the second half against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the Washington Redskins, 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The NY Jets rose in pretty much every NFL Power Rankings list thanks to their efficient defense and an offense that continues to find ways to score despite being sloppy,

Sitting at 4-1, the NY Jets are enjoying a ton of good publicity thanks to their hot start to the season. Granted, they might have had some sloppy wins but a win is a win in my book and they’re continuing to course-correct their issues every single week.

With a huge game coming up against the New England Patriots, all eyes will be on if the Jets can actually be considered contenders or have just gotten lucky against bad teams. Sure, the Jets earned their victories but they came against sub-par team as now, they’re playing the defending Super Bowl champs.

With wins over the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and most recently the Washington Redskins, the Jets need to prove they can keep up with the big boys. This will be quite the epic showdown against the Patriots considering all the major sites that did NFL Power Rankings this week see the potential the Jets have to keep the momentum going.

Without further adieu, here are the top 3 NFL Power Ranking grades the Jets got heading into Week 7 of the regular season.

Next: 3. Sports Illustrated loves their balanced offense

Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) celebrates with wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15), wide receiver Eric Decker (87), and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

3. Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated ranked the Jets No. 5 in their weekly NFL Power Rankings. It makes sense since the Jets were supposed to beat the Redskins who were banged up almost on all parts of their team as they took care of business and left the game victorious.

Chris Burke of SportsIllustrated.com had this to say about the Jets and why he absolutely believes they’ll continue to climb:

"The Jets’ climb to the top five does not come solely thanks to an easy win over Washington—with  out and playing as if he’d never been outdoors before, a loss would have been disheartening. The real reason New York is climbing: Its balanced offense is providing a strong complement to its top-ranked defense. Matt Jones Kirk Cousins"

Good teams might not start things out as they’d like in a football game but great teams know how to course-correct and bounce back. The Jets proved to be able to handle adversity well and were able to play much better football when it mattered most.

Next: 2. ESPN loves Chris Ivory

Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) carries the ball past Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher (97) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2. ESPN

It’s no secret that running back Chris Ivory has been the talk of the town these days. So far this season, he’s totaled 460 rushing yards on 83 carries and 4 touchdowns. He’s averaging 115.0 yards per game and plays with such power that he’s ripping through defenders like there is no tomorrow.

ESPN.com had this to say about the Jets as they power ranked them at No. 8 for Week 7 thanks to everything Ivory brings to the table:

"Chris Ivory is averaging an NFL-best 115.0 rushing yards per game this season. The Jets are 4-0 when Ivory is in the lineup (0-1 without him)."

If the Jets continue to use Ivory in the way that they have been, they will continue to put themselves in a great position to win plenty of football games this season. He’s their catalyst and everything he does continues to open everything up on offense.

Next: 1. Fox Sports says Jets need to fix turnovers

Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

1. Fox Sports

The Jets seem to be having an issue when trying to have a turnover-free game on offense. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has yet to have a game where he doesn’t throw an interception and the Jets’ offense has caused a few fumbles on the season. Sure they’re winning games now but better teams will definitely capitalize on their mistakes.

FoxSports.com had this to say about the Jets as they power ranked them No. 6 due to their issues with coughing up the football:

"The Jets are playing well on both sides of the football, aside from a few too many careless turnovers. With an aggressive defense and a power running game, the Jets are built to last as the colder months arrive."

The strengths of this team are easily their running game and stout defense. If the Jets’ offense can open up and be efficient in their passing game without forcing throws that turn into interceptions, this team can be flat out scary to face on any given week.

Next: Jets truly have incredible defensive statistics

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