With a 3-9 record, the Jets are currently on pace to make the third overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
But their road to the No. 1 pick remains complicated with four games left in the 2018 season.
The 49ers and Raiders are the leading contenders for the top pick with a shared record of 2-10. In the event two or more teams are tied for the worst record at the end of the season, the team with the lowest strength of schedule is awarded the No. 1 pick.
Through 13 weeks, the 49ers lead that tiebreaker: all of their opponents this season have combined for a .479 winning percentage. Oakland's opponents have a combined .559 win percentage through Week 13.
If the teams finish the year with the same strength of schedule, their records against common opponents in their division or conference becomes the next tiebreaker. If neither is applicable, a coin flip breaks the tie.
The good news for the Jets is that entering Week 14, the combined winning percentage of their final four opponents is lower than that of both Oakland and San Francisco (.553).
The Cardinals are also on the Jets' tails, however. Arizona is also 3-9, and though their current strength of schedule is .514, the combined winning percentage of their final four opponents is just .542.
The percentages change each week, of course, but here's a breakdown of how the competition shapes up for the Jets:
- Jets (3-9) remaining schedule: at Bills (4-8), Texans (9-3), Green Bay (4-7-1), at Patriots (9-3). Combined strength of schedule among remaining opponents: .553
- 49ers (2-10) remaining schedule: Broncos (6-6), Seahawks (7-5), Bears (8-4), at Rams (11-1): .667
- Raiders (2-10) remaining schedule: Steelers (7-4-1), at Bengals (5-7), Broncos (6-6), at Chiefs (10-2): .596
- Cardinals (3-9): Lions (4-8), at Falcons (4-8), Rams (11-1), at Seahawks (7-5): .542
The Giants, Jags, Bills, Lions and Falcons are all next on the draft list with a 4-8 record.