Monday update: The Bengals shocked the Steelers and that ensures Cincinnati cannot climb into one of the top two spots. It’s down to the Jaguars and Jets competing for No. 1 and No. 2.
UPDATE: Welp, the Jets did it. They beat the Rams and they will now drop to the No. 2 spot in the 2021 NFL Draft order. Holy cow!
The NFL is chugging along through Week 15, and with the 4:05/4:25 p.m. games underway, we have an interesting one going on in LA. The winless Jets are up 10-0 on the Rams midway through the second quarter. New York has plenty of time to lose the game, but that would certainly feel so Jets-like to win this one.
If the Jets were to win, they would drop to No. 2 in the 2021 NFL Draft order. The Ravens thumped the Jaguars 40-14 to drop Jacksonville to 1-13 on the season. It’s the Jets and Jaguars competing for the top two spots, and really nobody else. The Bengals are in the No. 3 spot at 2-10-1, and that tie means it is highly unlikely they get above their current position. The Bengals close out Week 15 against the Steelers on Monday Night Football.
Spots 4-12 have tightened up with four teams at four wins and five teams at five wins. If the Giants lose to the Browns on Sunday Night Football, we’ll be able to add another team to that group. With two weeks remaining on the schedule, there’s plenty of opportunity for some maneuvering.
We have three matchups in Week 16 involving these teams at five wins or less. The 4-10 Texans host the currently 2-10-1 Bengals, the 5-9 Chargers host the 5-9 Broncos, and the 5-9 Cowboys host the currently 4-8-1 Eagles. Of course, that latter game features two teams firmly in the mix of the NFC East playoff race.
Here’s the draft order for the top 13 teams, which includes all teams with five wins or less. SOS serves as the first tiebreaker and comes via Tankathon. You can review the full tiebreaker procedure here.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-13, .556
- New York Jets: 1-13, .598
- Cincinnati Bengals: 3-10-1, .538
- Carolina Panthers: 4-10, .531
- Atlanta Falcons: 4-10, .536
- Miami Dolphins — from Houston Texans: 4-10, .552
- Philadelphia Eagles: 4-9-1, .529
- Dallas Cowboys: 5-9, .475
- Los Angeles Chargers: 5-9, .482
- New York Giants: 5-9, .502
- Detroit Lions: 5-9, .509
- San Francisco 49ers: 5-9, .547
- Denver Broncos: 5-9, .561