The New York Jets somehow upset the Los Angeles Rams on the road today. The Jets entered the game with an 0-13 record and had a strong grasp on the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft, while the Rams came into Sunday with a 9-4 record and as a 17-point favorite.
The Jaguars, meanwhile, extended its single-season consecutive loss record to 13 games, in embarrassing fashion. Jacksonville was demolished by Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens by a final score of 40-14.
I don’t quite know how the Jets pulled it off, but I think Jaguars fans are thankful. While the two teams have identical records at 1-13, due to strength of schedule, the Jaguars (.554) own the tiebreaker over the Jets (.593), which goes to the team with the easier schedule.
If Jacksonville were to lose out, it would have the No. 1 overall selection come April — which many believe will be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence — who is regarded as a generational talent.
The Jaguars play a home game against the Chicago Bears next week, and close out the season in Indianapolis against the Colts — the only team Jacksonville has defeated this season.
Jacksonville is now in the driver’s seat to land the franchise quarterback it has been coveting for so many years. According to ESPN, the Jaguars now have a 71 percent change of earning the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft.
Per ESPN's Football Power Index, the Jaguars now have a 71 percent chance of earning the No. 1 overall pick.— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) December 21, 2020