It’s time to check up on the 2019 NFL tank battle now that the New York Jets have joined the Giants and others. 

Michael Nania

On Monday Night Football in Santa Clara, the New York Giants “defeated” the San Francisco 49ers 27-23 in a game that will end up crucial in deciding the top of the 2019 NFL Draft.

With 10 weeks in the books, let’s check up on how the tank race is shaping up.

Here is how the top of the draft would look if the season ended today:


Note: ties between teams with the same record are broken by strength of the entire 16-game schedule.

2016 NFL Power Rankings Heading Into Week 1 21

1. Oakland Raiders (1-8, .553 strength of schedule)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 3 home, 4 road. 1 home back-to-back, 1 road back-to-back
  • Opponent difficulty: 4 above .500 (2 home / 2 road), 3 below .500 (1 home / 2 road)
  • Overall SOS remaining: .592
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 2.6 (1st overall pick)

2016 NFL Power Rankings Heading Into Week 1 36

2. San Francisco 49ers (2-8, .503 SOS)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 3 home, 3 road. 1 three-game homestand, 1 road back-to-back
  • Opponent difficulty: 2 above .500 (1 home / 1 road), 4 below .500 (2 home / 2 road)
  • Overall SOS remaining: .527
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 4.0 (2nd overall pick)

New York Giants

3. New York Giants (2-7, .517 SOS)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 4 home, 3 road. No back-to-backs
  • Opponent difficulty: 3 above .500 (2 home, 1 road), 4 below .500 (2 home, 2 road)
  • Overall SOS remaining: .508
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 4.3 (3rd overall pick)

2016 NFL Power Rankings Heading Into Week 1 8

4. Arizona Cardinals (2-7, .530 SOS)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 3 home, 4 road. 1 road back-to-back
  • Opponent difficulty: 2 above .500 (1 home, 1 road), 1 .500 (road), 4 below .500 (2 home, 2 road)
  • Overall SOS remaining: .492
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 4.3 (4th overall pick)

New York Jets

5. New York Jets (3-7, .487 SOS – wins tiebreaker over Buffalo)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 3 home, 3 road. 1 home back-to-back, 1 road back-to-back
  • Opponent difficulty: 4 above .500 (2 home, 2 road), 1 .500 (home), 1 below .500 (road)
  • Overall SOS remaining: .570
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 4.7 (5th overall pick)

Buffalo Bills

6. Buffalo Bills (3-7, .520 SOS)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 4 home, 2 road. 1 home back-to-back
  • Opponent difficulty: 1 above .500 (road), 2 .500 (1 home, 1 road), 3 below .500 (3 home)
  • Overall SOS remaining: .448
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 5.9 (9th overall pick)

NFL

2016 NFL Power Rankings Heading Into Week 1 17

7. Detroit Lions (3-6, .513 SOS – wins tiebreaker over Denver, Jacksonville, and Tampa Bay)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 4 home, 3 road. 1 three-game homestand, 1 road back-to-back
  • Opponent difficulty: 4 above .500 (4 home), 1 .500 (road), 2 below .500 (2 road)
  • Overall SOS remaining: .553
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 6.1 (11th overall pick)

2016 NFL Power Rankings Heading Into Week 1 40

8. Denver Broncos (3-7, .527 SOS – wins tiebreaker over Jacksonville and Tampa Bay)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 3 home, 4 road. 1 road back-to-back
  • Opponent difficulty: 4 above .500, 3 below .500
  • Overall SOS remaining: .492
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 6.0 (10th overall pick)

Jacksonville Jaguars

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6, .534 SOS – wins tiebreaker over Tampa Bay)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 3 home, 4 road. 1 road back-to-back
  • Opponent difficulty: 4 above .500 (2 home, 2 road), 1 .500 (road), 2 below .500 (1 home, 1 road)
  • Overall SOS remaining: .546
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 5.9 (8th overall pick)

2016 NFL Power Rankings Heading Into Week 1 7

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6, .541 SOS)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 4 home, 3 road. 1 three-game homestand, 1 road back-to-back
  • Opponent difficulty: 2 above .500 (2 home), 5 below .500 (2 home, 3 road)
  • Overall SOS remaining: .469
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 5.7 (7th overall pick)

Cleveland Browns

11. Cleveland Browns (3-6-1, .555 SOS)

Remaining schedule:

  • Home/Road: 2 home, 4 road. 1 road back-to-back
  • Opponent difficulty: 4 above .500 (2 home, 2 road), 2 below .500 (2 road)
  • Overall SOS remaining: .537
  • FiveThirtyEight projected wins: 5.1 (6th overall pick)

NFL

ESNY Comments
ESNY City Stream

NYY

NYM

NYG

NYJ

NYK

BKN

NYR

NYI

NJD

SJU