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What Week 13 means for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft

The very top of the draft order is a two-team race, but the top five is a little more wide open. We have one matchup in Week 12 that impacts the latter.

Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals is seen before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

We’ve passed through Thanksgiving and December is officially upon us. The NFL playoff race is in the spotlight, but the race for the top of the 2020 NFL Draft order is still worth a watch.

The Bengals currently hold the top pick in the draft, and have clear control of the spot. Washington upset the Lions last week to drop to two games back of the Bengals. Washington, the Giants, and the Dolphins are all 2-9 and sitting well back of the 0-11 Bengals.

Things get more interesting for the rest of the top ten. We’ve got three teams with two wins and four teams with three wins. With five weeks remaining for most teams, there is a whole lot of maneuvering left to be done.

Here is what the top of the draft order looks like heading into Week 13. Strength of schedule provided courtesy of Tankathon, and it is followed by their Week 13 opponent.

1. Cincinnati Bengals: 0-11 (.568) — vs. Jets
2. New York Giants: 2-9 (.464) — vs. Packers
3. Washington: 2-9 (.506) — @ Panthers
4. Miami Dolphins: 2-9 (.508) — vs. Eagles
5. Atlanta Falcons: 3-9 (.576) — lost to Saints 26-18
6. Denver Broncos: 3-7 (.539) — vs. Chargers
7. Detroit Lions: 3-8-1 (.483) — lost to Bears 24-20
8. Arizona Cardinals: 3-7-1 (.545) — vs. Rams

The biggest matchup this week features the Bengals hosting the Jets with the return of Andy Dalton as Cincinnati’s starting quarterback. Any given Sunday brings plenty of upsets, but realistically, the Bengals best remaining chances for a win are this weekend and then when they travel to face Miami in Week 16. They’re unlikely to win them, but those are the two left to shake up the top of the draft order.