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Dolphins avoid blowing it in Week 7 with Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Miami Dolphins started Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 7, and he nearly led them to an upset of Buffalo. We break down the 2020 NFL Draft order heading into Week 8.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick fumbles the ball as Buffalo Bills defensive end Trent Murphy and offensive guard Jesse Davis go for the ball in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL closes out Week 7 Monday evening with an AFC East matchup that’s a lot m,ore interesting than it looked a few weeks ago. Sam Darnold has returned and the New York Jets are a live home underdog against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. The Jets lost four straight to open the season, but with Darnold at the helm, they look like they could make some noise.

Although the Jets are only 1-4, Darnold is playing well enough that they’re bound to win at least a few games. Given how the worst teams in the NFL are performing, that is probably too many to compete for the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. It’s entirely possible four wins is too many to even get a top five given how some of these teams look.

The Miami Dolphins replaced their starting quarterback, and Ryan Fitzpatrick looked like he might guide them to an unnecessary upset. It was a quasi-revenge game for Fitzpatrick given his history with Buffalo, and he showed some spunk. Miami took a 14-9 lead into the fourth quarter, at which point the Fitzmagic slowly came to an end en route to a 31-21 loss.

Elsewhere, the Cincinnati Bengals lost 27-17 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a game they too hung around in. The Bengals took a 10-9 lead into the fourth quarter, at which point Jacksonville finally got it together. The Jaguars scored 17 straight points and pulled away for the win.

The Bengals now sit at 0-7, while the Dolphins are 0-6. Washington and Atlanta both lost to drop to 1-6, and they remain in the thick of the bottom of the standings. The Jets also have one loss, and while they likely will not beat the Patriots, they’ll get some wins in the coming weeks.

The Tanking for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa continues in Week 8. Three of the bottom four teams are on the road, with only the Falcons at home, hosting the Seattle Seahawks. Washington travels to face Minnesota on Thursday Night Football, Cincinnati travels to face the Los Angeles Rams, and Miami is in Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football.

Here is a rundown of the top 12 in the 2020 NFL Draft order, courtesy of Tankathon. We’re including winless, one-win, two-win teams for the time being. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans each won their third game, so they are off the list for the time being.

2020 NFL Draft order

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: 0-7, .540
  2. Miami Dolphins: 0-6, .485
  3. Washington: 1-6, .551
  4. Atlanta Falcons: 1-6, .614
  5. New York Jets: 1-4, .455
  6. New York Giants: 2-5, .480
  7. Los Angeles Chargers: 2-5, .500
  8. Denver Broncos: 2-5, .548
  9. Cleveland Browns: 2-4, .476
  10. Miami Dolphins (via Pittsburgh Steelers): 2-4, .490
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2-4, .551
  12. Detroit Lions: 2-3-1, .514