The Cleveland Browns are 12 games into what is looking more and more like a winless season, and are still in possession of the first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They played and lost to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, and are now two games separated from the next-worse teams in the league, the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.
After Sunday, those two teams should be flipped. The 49ers picked up their second win of the year, giving them the same record as the Giants, who also lost on Sunday, to the Oakland Raiders.
Were this a playoff tiebreaker, the head-to-head matchup would come into play, but as an NFL Draft tiebreaker, it doesn’t exist. Instead, it comes down to strength of schedule. After all of Sunday’s games, the Giants have the lowest of the bottom three teams in the league at .505. The 49ers sit at .526, while the Browns have the toughest of the three at .537.
The Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears are all 3-9, and all are riding significant losing skids. The Broncos have lost eight straight, the Colts have lost three straight and the Bears have lost five straight, the most recent to the 49ers.
On top of all of that, there are only two four-win teams in the NFL right now, the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Also of note on the day, the New Orleans Saints won another game, moving to 9-3. The 49ers have a second-round pick from New Orleans, but the better they play, the further down the round that pick is going.
Here is the top 10 in the draft order, plus the current strength of schedule of each team.
2018 NFL Draft top 10
1. Cleveland Browns (0-12, .537)
2. New York Giants (2-10, .505)
3. San Francisco 49ers (2-10, .526)
4. Denver Broncos (3-9, .487)
5. Indianapolis Colts (3-9, .495)
6. Chicago Bears (3-9, .553)
7. Houston Texans (4-8, .521, traded to CLE)
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8, .552)
9. Arizona Cardinals (5-7, .490)
10. New York Jets (5-7, .516)
Week 14 schedule
San Francisco 49ers (2-10) at Houston Texans (4-8)
Indianapolis Colts (3-9) at Buffalo Bills (6-6)
Chicago bears (3-9) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-6)
Green Bay Packers (6-6) at Cleveland Browns (0-12)
Dallas Cowboys (6-6) at New York Giants (2-10)
Detroit Lions (6-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8)
New York Jets (5-7) at Denver Broncos (3-9)