With Sunday’s loss to the Redskins, the Eagles fell to 4-11 on the season.
Only the Chiefs and the Jaguars – both 2-13 – have worse records. The Lions and Raiders are tied with the Birds at 4-11.
The tiebreaker among teams with the same record is strength of schedule. The team with the overall easier schedule gets the higher pick. In other words, you get rewarded for being terrible against worse competition. Here’s a look at what the top five picks would look like if the season ended today.
Chiefs (1) 2 13 .508
Jaguars (2) 2 13 .533
Raiders (3) 4 11 .467
Eagles (4) 4 11 .508
Lions (5) 4 11 .571
If the season ended today, the Chiefs would have the first selection, and the Jaguars would pick second. Jacksonville plays at Tennessee next week, while Kansas City travels to Denver.
The Raiders beat out the Eagles and Lions for the third pick because they’ve had the easier schedule. If all three teams lose next week, Oakland would likely hold on to that pick. The Raiders play at the Chargers. If they win, and the Eagles lose to the Giants, the Birds move up to No. 3.
As it stands now, the Eagles have the fourth pick, ahead of Detroit. But there could be some movement if they beat the Giants next week. Four teams – the Titans, Browns, Bills and Cardinals – sit at 5-10. In other words, the Eagles could pick anywhere between three and nine, depending on next week’s outcomes.