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Dolphins, Bengals squaring up for huge showdown in Week 16

We had our first Toilet Bowl game of 2019, and the Miami Dolphins bid for Tua Tagovailoa remains on track. We break down the 2020 NFL Draft order heading into Week 7.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick congratulates Washington quarterback Case Keenum after the game at Hard Rock Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The NFL wraps up Week 6 Monday evening when the Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions, but in the meantime, we already know one important bit of information. The worst teams in the league all played on Sunday, and the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins are the last two winless teams in the league.

The first “big” game of the 2019 season is officially behind us. The Dolphins hosted Washington in a battle of winless squads. Washington had fired head coach Jay Gruden earlier in the week and installed Bill Callahan as interim head coach. He benched Colt McCoy for Case Keenum. It proved to be a solid decision for the Dolphins, as Keenum showed his strong chemistry with rookie receiver Terry McLaurin. Miami scored a late touchdown, but failed to convert a two-point conversion in the closing seconds, and so Miami drops to 0-5.

Meanwhile, the Bengals went into Baltimore and lost 23-17. They struggled to get much going most of the game, but scored a touchdown in the final two minutes for the quality backdoor cover. Good teams win, great teams cover, and so the Bengals cover while dropping to 0-6.

The Jets got out of the winless column with the return of quarterback Sam Darnold. They stunned the Dallas Cowboys 24-22, and while New York almost blew it, Dallas couldn’t convert a late two-point conversion. The Jets are a clearly better team with Darnold in the lineup. They will likely be out of the No. 1 pick watch in short order.

The Tanking for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa continues in Week 7. Miami travels to 4-1 Buffalo while Cincinnati hosts 2-4 Jacksonville. The Falcons dropped to 1-5 this past week and host the 3-3 Los Angeles Rams. Washington hosts the unbeaten 49ers.

The big matchup for this glorious honor comes in Week 16. The Dolphins host the Bengals in the penultimate week of the 2019 NFL schedule. Plenty will change between now and then, particularly with the Bengals getting A.J. Green back sometime soon. But for the time being, Week 16 is circled on our calendars — and probably Tua’s.

Here is a rundown of the top 14 in the 2020 NFL Draft order, courtesy of Tankathon. We’re including winless, one-win, two-win teams for the time being. Two win teams might already be out of it, but for now they remain in with this dubious group.

2020 NFL Draft order

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: 0-6, .522
  2. Miami Dolphins: 0-5, .484
  3. Washington: 1-5, .562
  4. Atlanta Falcons: 1-5, .590
  5. New York Jets: 1-4, .462
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: 2-4, .457
  7. Cleveland Browns: 2-4, .462
  8. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh Steelers): 2-4, .478
  9. New York Giants: 2-4, .483
  10. Los Angeles Chargers: 2-4, .506
  11. Tennessee Titans: 2-4, .511
  12. Denver Broncos: 2-4, .551
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2-4, .554
  14. Arizona Cardinals: 2-3-1, .549