Welcome to Week 14! We got into December last week, but now the entirely slate of games is in December and we’re coming down the final stretch of the 2019 regular season. The playoff picture will clear itself up, but just as important for some teams, the race for the No. 1 overall pick could come down to the wire.
The Bengals currently hold the top pick in the draft, but managed to win a game last week and get their first victory of the season. They improved to 1-11, and now are a single game ahead of the Giants for the No. 1 pick. New York has a sizable edge in strength of schedule, so Cincinnati can’t afford a tie.
After those two, we have a clump of three-win teams competing for spots three through seven. With four teams sitting behind them with four wins, the top ten is likely to change considerably over the final four weeks.
Here is what the top of the draft order looks like heading into Week 14. Strength of schedule provided courtesy of Tankathon, and it is followed by their Week 14 opponent.
1. Cincinnati Bengals: 1-11 (.576) — @ Browns
2. New York Giants: 2-10 (.462) — @ Eagles
3. Washington: 3-9 (.485) — @ Packers
4. Miami Dolphins: 3-9 (.492) — @ Jets
5. Atlanta Falcons: 3-9 (.565) — vs. Panthers
6. Detroit Lions: 3-8-1 (.485) — @ Vikings
7. Arizona Cardinals: 3-8-1 (.549) — vs. Steelers
We don’t exactly get a Toilet Bowl game this weekend, but the Dolphins traveling to face the 4-8 Jets is close enough. Miami has gone from a preseason favorite for the No. 1 pick to a team that could very well slip out of the top five. The Jets were on a roll but were stunned by the winless Bengals last week, so who knows what to expect from them.