The NFL is into December, and we are coming down the stretch for both playoff and draft order positioning. Monday Night Football is critical to the playoff picture, but Sunday served to muddy the waters in the race for the top five picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Cincinnati Bengals stunned the New York Jets in Week 13, winning in relative ease by a final score of 22-6. The win means Cincinnati will not go winless as they improved to 1-11. It also opened the door for a few teams to climb back into the race for the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The New York Giants did their part, getting thumped by the Green Bay Packers 31-13. The Giants showed some life in the first half, but it fell apart in the second half, and they’re now 2-10 on the season. Meanwhile, Washington and the Miami Dolphins both decided they’re not quite ready to pack it in. Washington came back to beat the Carolina Panthers 29-21 with a huge four-down goal line stop. Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins to a wild 37-31 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Washington and Miami both improved to 3-9.
Cincinnati travels to face Cleveland and one has to wonder how the Browns will look after a rough loss to Pittsburgh. A Cleveland let-down could be in the cards. The worst matchup of the week will feature the Dolphins traveling to face the Jets. If Miami can string together another win, they could find themselves moving closer to top ten than top five in the draft order.
Here’s the draft order for the top seven teams, all of whom have no more than three wins through Week 13. The Bengals are on top, but the Giants are right behind them, and the race for a top five pick is wide open. SOS via Tankathon.