Power Rankings: No. 12 New York Jets

A weekly examination of the Jets' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 32 | Last Week: 14 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

Rex Ryan said his goal was to lose the bye week -- a joking reference to the Jets' win-one, lose-one trend. That way, he figured, they'd be due for a victory Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Well, the Jets didn't lose the bye week.

They moved up to No. 12 in the ESPN.com power poll, climbing two spots -- the same bump they received the previous week after upsetting the New Orleans Saints. Go figure.

In the most important place -- the AFC standings -- the Jets caught a few breaks on their idle weekend. Three teams in contention for the second wild-card spot -- the Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers -- all lost, dropping to 4-5.

The Jets are 5-4, currently holding the second wild-card berth. But there's a lot of football to be played.