Jets S Jamal Adams reacts to the Jets’ embarrassing 41-10 loss to the Bills on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at MetLife Stadium.
Andy Vasquez, Staff Writer, @andy_vasquez

Last month, the New York Jets were optimistic about making the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Now, they’d need a miracle. 

A four-game losing streak has sent the season spiraling out of control and put head coach Todd Bowles’ job in peril. And it’s now much more likely that the Jets end up with a high draft pick than making the postseason. has the Jets’ playoff chances at less than one percent. Meanwhile, ESPN says they have a 73 percent chance of picking in the top five of the 2019 draft. 

Here’s a look at all the teams the Jets will be battling for a top pick (we spotlighted every team with three wins or less) and where each team would be picking if the season ended today.

Obviously, things will change  over the final six weeks. But if the Jets keep losing, their chances of securing yet another high pick will only get better. Remember, strength of schedule is the tiebreaker so the easier the schedule the higher the pick. 

9. Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) 

Strength of schedule: .556 

Baker Mayfield seems to be figuring it out, as the Browns’ midseason changes to their coaching staff seem to have energized the team. Cleveland isn’t a threat to have the No.1 overall pick for the first time in years. 

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) 

Strength of schedule: .541 

The Jags started the season with Super Bowl hopes. Now, they’re a dumpster fire with no end to the suffering in sight. Remember Week 4 when coach Doug Marrone tried to run up the score with a late two-point conversion against the Jets? Jacksonville hasn’t won since. 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7)

Strength of schedule: .538

As it turns out, Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the answer at quarterback. Not exactly a shocker to Jets fans. But Jameis Winston hasn’t looked great either. And the Bucs’ defense is a disaster, allowing 30 or more points in seven of the first 10 games. With a tough schedule coming up, there may not be many wins left. 

6. Buffalo Bills (3-7) 

Strength of schedule: .519

Maybe the Bills’ Matt Barkley-led thumping of the Jets in Week 10 was a fluke. Maybe it’s the start of sustained competency. It’s impossible to say. But whoever loses the matchup between the Bills and Jags this weekend will give themselves a chance at a higher pick in April.

5. New York Giants (3-7)

Strength of schedule: .506 

The Giants have hurt their chances of landing a high pick, and potentially Eli Manning’s replacement, with two straight wins. But they’re now in the thick of the race for the weak NFC East and after the way Manning played Sunday, maybe the 37-year-old isn’t done just yet. 

4. New York Jets (3-7)

Strength of schedule: .491

The Jets will be playing hard to save Bowles’ job after a disastrous losing streak. They probably need to win at least four of the final six games. But that won’t be easy with two of those games against the Patriots, one against the streaking Texans, and another against the Packers. The Jets could end up with another top-five pick. 

3. Oakland Raiders (2-8)

Strength of schedule: .556

Oakland ended its five-game losing streak by edging the Cardinals in a matchup between two teams jockeying for draft position. But there’s probably a lot more losing on the way for coach Jon Gruden: five of the Raiders’ final six games are against teams at .500 or better, including two games against the Chiefs. 

2. Arizona Cardinals (2-8)

Strength of schedule: .531

The Cardinals have managed to defeat only one team this season: the 49ers. Of course, that means they’ll have the lower pick if the two teams are tied at the end of the season. But it won’t be easy for Arizona to win again: they play the Rams and five teams competing for a playoff spot. 

1. San Francisco 49ers (2-8)

Strength of schedule: .506 

The 49ers helped resurrect the Giants’ hopes last week with that  Monday night loss. They have some winnable games left against the Bucs and Broncos. But they finish against the Bears and Rams — two likely losses that could help them secure the No. 1 overall pick. 


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