Saturday, January 2, 2010

More fun with the NFL standings

Last week I looked at the possibility of eight teams finishing with an 8-8 record in the AFC and competing for two playoff spots, which, miraculously, can still happen. By now, though, everyone has broken down the playoff possibilities and you can find that anywhere. But what about the first pick in the 2010 draft?

Right now the St. Louis Rams are the worst team in football with a 1-14 record. The Detroit Lions are still in the hunt, though, at 2-13. If the Rams win and the Lions lose, the tiebreaker goes to the team that had the weakest strength of schedule.

Interestingly, once you get rid of common opponents and assume a Lions loss and a Rams win, it comes down to how ten teams perform tomorrow.

The Lions would want the Vikings, Steelers, Packers, Browns, Bengals and Ravens to lose.

The Rams would want the Jaguars, Colts, Cardinals, and Texans to lose. Seattle and Tennessee play each other which give the Rams a 1-1 start.

The big games are the Packers-Cardinals and Jaguars-Browns matchups which affect both Detroit and St. Louie.

If you're looking for a reason to watch the last game of the season, now you have two. One, to see if the Jets make the playoffs. But two, if the Jets do win, they could very well give the Lions the top pick in the draft. Fun stuff!

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