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Bengals, Giants control top of draft board, Dolphins could slip

The draft order could change drastically over the final three weeks. We break down where it stands heading into Week 15.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The New York Giants gave the Philadelphia Eagles a serious scare on Monday Night Football to close out Week 14, but in the end, Philly came back and got a much-needed win. The Giants are in the thick of the race for the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and their potential pursuit of Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young benefited from blowing the 17-point lead.

With the loss, the Giants remain one game back of the Cincinnati Bengals for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The top ten draft order is currently as follows:

1. Bengals: 1-12
2. Giants: 2-11
3. Washington: 3-10
4. Dolphins: 3-10
5. Lions: 3-9-1
6. Cardinals: 3-9-1
7. Jaguars: 4-9
8. Falcons: 4-9
9. Jets: 5-8
10. Chargers: 5-8

The Chargers and Jets are tied with the Broncos and Panthers at 5-8, but have the edge in strength of schedule. SOS is the first tiebreaker, and if two teams are tied there, the next tiebreaker is a coin toss.

DraftKings Sportsbook is offering odds on who will finish the season with the fewest wins. The Bengals are heavy favorites at -400, followed by the Giants (+400), Dolphins (+1400), and Washington (+1400).

The Bengals close out the season with games at home against the Patriots, on the road against the Dolphins and at home against the Browns. Meanwhile, the Giants host the Dolphins, travel to Washington, and host the Eagles. Both teams have winnable games, and while neither has shown an ability to win consistently, a lot could change for them in the final three weeks.

The Dolphins might have the most ridiculous stretch coming up. They close out at the Patriots, but before then they travel the face the Giants and host the Bengals. The combined record of those two teams is 3-23. If the Dolphins win both of those games, they would likely finish the season 5-11. If that happens, they could very well drop to the back of the top ten.

For a team considered the favorite to secure the No. 1 pick when the season started, that’s actually kind of impressive. This was a team that dealt as much talent for draft picks as it could in an effort to boost their rebuilding project. They do have three first round picks and two second round picks, so they’ll be in position to be active on draft day — but the drop from the top will make their search for a franchise quarterback a little more risky.

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