The Jets finally won a game — but they may have lost the tanking war.
Sunday’s 23-20 upset of the Rams resulted in the Jets losing their grip on the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft — and with it, the right to select star Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Instead the Jacksonville Jaguars, also 1-13, are in position to secure the first pick, due to having an easier schedule.
The Jets entered the season with the third toughest schedule, while Jacksonville had the 22nd most difficult slate.
While there has been speculation Lawrence could spurn both teams and stay at Clemson another season, he hinted last week that would not be the case.
“I think I’m ready,” Lawrence said on “The Dan Patrick Show”. “I think just being here at Clemson, my journey has taught me a lot. I’ve grown up a lot the past few years. I’m really just ready to take on whatever challenge it is and just have that opportunity.”
That opportunity seemingly won’t take place in The Big Apple.
The Jaguars haven’t won since Week 1 against the Colts, and they’ve progressively looked worse with each passing game.
On Sunday Jacksonville was demolished by the Ravens, 40-14. It faces the Bears (7-7) next week before ending the season with a rematch against the 10-4 Colts.
Meanwhile the Jets finish their season with games against the 9-4 Browns and 6-8 Patriots — who they lost to by only three in November.