No team wants to go 0-16. I don’t care if there is a college QB prospect who throws like Aaron Rodgers, runs like Michael Vick, and is eight feet tall; a franchise losing every single fucking game in a season is an un-washable stain. So while teams like the Jets and Jaguars may be tanking in the sense that they aren’t actively trying to bolster their starting lineups week to week, they absolutely do not want to go 0-16.
NEVERTHELESS, Trevor Lawrence is at stake here, folks. This kid is among the best amateur QB prospects of all time, up there with Luck, Elway, Manning, etc. It’ll take the #1 pick to get him, which the Jets just lost by winning their first game of the season this week (many fans weren’t happy about this). Still, they sit at 1-13, tied with the Jags for the worst record in the league.
Get ready for an all-out tank-a-thon to finish the 2020 season!
The Jets close the season out at home against the Browns and on the road against the Patriots. They will need to lose out and for Jacksonville to win again in order to secure the #1 pick in next year’s draft.
The Jaguars will not be favored to win either of their remaining games, but New York absolutely CANNOT afford to win again, on the off-chance Jacksonville stumbles into a victory. The problem is that Sam Darnold will be playing with an extreme level of urgency, as he is essentially auditioning for other teams next season.
This will be a tug-of-war between upper management desperately trying to tank and passionate players desperately trying to perform. Management usually wins these battles, so expect the Jets to put the pressure on the Jags to suck even harder than they do.
The Jaguars finish the season at home against the Bears and on the road against the Colts. Both of these games are winnable, believe it or not. Although the Jags and Jets have the same abysmal record, Jacksonville is a far more talented team, especially on offense. The Bears are capable of laying an egg any week, and the Colts might elect to rest many of their starters if there is nothing to play for in Week 17.
Jacksonville has the #1 pick as of now due to a tiebreaker dis(?)advantage between them and the Jets. New York will do their part in terms of tanking; it’s highly unlikely they win again. Can the Jags hold onto their slim lead in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes?
As hard as the Jets front office is probably working to ensure two consecutive losses, you can bet Jacksonville’s top brass is doing the same thing and then some. Such is life when you have an extra-terrestrial like Lawrence at #1 and a struggling Justin Fields at #2. Such is tanking in the NFL.
Get ready for some, ugly, dirty, piss-poor, no-good, and, most importantly, franchise-altering football to close out 2020.