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What Week 14 means for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft

We break down the Week 14 schedule for the top of the draft board.

Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets in action against the Las Vegas Raiders during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 06, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The NFL is coming down the home stretch of the 2020 regular season and we had a rather wild Week 13 when it comes to the 2021 NFL Draft order. The Jets came within seconds of shocking the Raiders and the Jaguars pushed the Vikings into overtime. It would have been rather amazing to see the Jets win a game only for the Jaguars to also win and blow their chance at the No. 1 pick.

As we head into Week 14, we have a particularly notable game in the battle for draft positioning. The currently No. 4 Cowboys host the currently No. 3 Bengals. Neither team has a great shot at the No. 1 pick, but this could be big for a top five spot. Dallas is a 3.5-point favorite in Andy Dalton’s first game against his former team.

The Jets and Jaguars face teams that should handle them with ease. Last week proved things can always get a little crazy, but both teams are facing significantly tougher competition. In spite of their loss to the Giants, the Seahawks are notably better than the Raiders, and in spite of their loss to Cleveland, the Titans are significantly better than the Vikings.

This week, we’ve cut down our draft order list to include the top six spots in the draft order, i.e. all the teams with just three wins or less. After individual records, strength of schedule is the first tiebreaker for teams and is in parenthesis after each team’s record. Hat tip to Tankathon for providing that. Each team’s Week 14 opponent is listed as well.

  1. New York Jets: 0-12 (.599) — @ Seahawks
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-11 (.549) — vs. Titans
  3. Cincinnati Bengals: 2-9-1 (.534) — vs. Cowboys
  4. Dallas Cowboys: 3-9 (.487) — @ Bengals
  5. Los Angeles Chargers: 3-9 (.497) — vs. Falcons
  6. Philadelphia Eagles: 3-8-1 (.529) — vs. Saints