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Bengals await Eli Manning, Giants MNF performance for draft order impact

The Bengals retained their lead in the race for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. They await Monday Night Football to see if they’ll extend their lead.

Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a first half pass while playing the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The NFL is coming down the home stretch with one more game left to wrap up Week 14. Monday Night Football features the Eagles needing a win to move into a first place tie in the NFC East. Just as important, the Giants would be looking for a loss to remain one game back of the Bengals for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Monday’s game offers a bit of an amusing change of pace for the Giants. Eli Manning returns to the starting lineup to play in place of an injured Daniel Jones. Manning looks just about finished, but one has to wonder if he can offer a jolt of momentum for the Giants — however brief it might be.

If the Giants beat the Eagles, the Bengals would have a two-game lead on New York with three games left. The draft order tiebreaker is strength of schedule and the Giants have a huge edge there. The final three weeks after Monday’s game will see the Giants host Miami, travel to Washington, and host Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Bengals host New England, travel to Miami, and host Cleveland.

Here’s the draft order for the top six teams, all of whom have no more than three wins through Week 14. The Dolphins could have the biggest impact over the next two weeks traveling to face the Giants and then hosting the Bengals. Or, Miami could end up winning both and dropping out of the top five entirely. SOS via Tankathon.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: 1-12, .575
  2. New York Giants: 2-10, .456
  3. Washington: 3-10, .483
  4. Miami Dolphins: 3-10, .490
  5. Detroit Lions: 3-9-1, .498
  6. Arizona Cardinals: 3-9-1, .554