The Giants still have a chance to be # 1 to something this season.
The first win of the year, the Bengals on Sunday in the Jets, combined with the Giants' eighth consecutive loss to Green Bay, narrowed the race to first place in the NFL draft in 2020.
Victories in Washington and Miami – to bring the two teams to 3-9 – also leaves the Giants (2-10) alone in second place, a match behind (or ahead) Cincinnati (1-11), four weeks from the end in the regular season.
The Bengals have two more games against North America, AFC North Cleveland, sandwiched between games against New England and Miami. Pat Shurmur's Giants will face Philadelphia twice – Monday night and in the season finale – and they also have decisive play-offs against the Dolphins and Redskins.
If the Giants and Cincinnati finish tied for the worst league record, the first tiebreaker is the strength of the calendar, which represents the cumulative record of wins / losses for the 16 opponents of each team. The team whose schedule is less busy, that is to say that their opponents gathered for fewer victories, will be given the first choice.
According to Tanakthon.com, Giants opponents this season currently have a .466 winning percentage, while Cincinnati's opponents posted .573.
The Giants, who took Saquon Barkley with the second pick in 2018, were not selected as the best choice since 1965, when they signed Auburn Tucker Frederickson running back. He totaled only 2,209 rushing yards in six seasons before being forced to retire in 1971 due to a knee injury.
After picking quarterback Daniel Jones this year with the sixth overall pick, the Giants could aim for Chase Young in 2020. Option # 1 could be used as a way to attract quarterback-requiring teams into the # 39, exchange selections to go for LSU Heisman favorite Joe Burrow.
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