Another win this past Sunday for the New York Jets means that a team picked to go winless this year suddenly has a better chance at making the playoffs than getting a top pick.
Don’t look now but the Jets supposed plans to tank this season and get the No. 1 pick next year have taken a severe hit — assuming that was even a plan. It wasn’t ever the goal of this rebuild but the popular narrative that the Jets cut aging veterans so as to secure a high draft pick to take a quarterback took root among fans.
Supposedly the Jets were trying to be bad. Not the case anymore, it seems.
Now after three-straight wins, the Jets are 3-2 with a share of first place in the AFC East. A win on Sunday against the New England Patriots and they’d have sole possession of the division.
According to FootballOutsiders.com, the Jets now have a 16 percent chance of making the playoffs, up 3.3 percent after last week’s win over the Cleveland Browns.
And with the win, their chance at a top-five pick has dropped all the way down to 10.1 percent, with just a 0.1 percent chance of getting the No. 1 overall slot that they were supposedly destined to be a lock for just a month ago.
Stack that against the New York Giants who Football Outsiders says has a 10 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and 65.4 percent chance of being in the top five. That’s what 0-5 will get ya.