AFC East Power Rankings after preseason finale

New England Patriots, Bailey Zappe
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2. New York Jets

I'm officially buying the New York Jets hype, but not quite to the level of some. Could they make the Super Bowl? Sure, if everything goes right in New York, they just might have a shot at it. But, that would mean Aaron Rodgers has one of the best seasons of his career and the Jets defense becomes the best unit in football.

Rodgers may very well prove to be as good as ever, if his body is fully right. His confidence and ego alone make him a threat to bounce back from a ho-hum 2022 campaign. The last time Rodgers was doubted, back when the Packers drafted Jordan Love, he went on to win back-to-back MVP awards.

So, with some people questioning whether or not Rodgers is over the hill, he could easily come out firing this season and prove everybody wrong. I'm banking on that happening, for the most part.

The Jets have a ton of talent around Rodgers too, whether we're talking Garrett Wilson, Breece Hall, Dalvin Cook or any of the other role players on that offense.

But, defensively is where they could really shine. The Jets finished as the league's fourth-best defense overall last year, and boast some big-time playmakers both in the trenches and secondary. Assuming they continue their trajectory, the Jets have a chance to live up to every bit of hype behind them this year.

However, they are still not the cream of the AFC East crop just yet.