The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 5-8 on the year after a 28-14 loss to New Orleans that saw the Bucs blow a 14-3 halftime lead. The loss puts Tampa Bay back into the top 10 in the 2019 NFL Draft after moving down to No. 12 after last week’s win against Carolina.
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht want to rack up the wins and pick as far away from the top 10 as possible in order to save their jobs, while some Tampa Bay fans don’t see the difference between a 5-11 record and 7-9 record except for the draft order next April.
Tampa Bay is one of four teams that have 5-8 record – the New York Giants and Detroit and Cincinnati are the others – and are back in the the top 10 with Sunday’s loss to New Orleans. Here is a look at the current 2019 NFL Draft order:
1. San Francisco (3-10)
2. Arizona (3-10)
3. Oakland (3-10)
4. Atlanta (4-9)
5. NY Jets (4-9)
6. Buffalo (4-9)
7. Jacksonville (4-9)
8. Tampa Bay (5-8)
9. NY Giants (5-8)
10. Detroit (5-8)
11. Cincinnati (5-8)
12. Green Bay (5-7-1)
13. Cleveland (5-7-1)
Here is a look at the remaining schedules for the teams that currently have Top 12 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Games that pit teams with 4-9 records or worse against each other are in bold.
1. San Francisco’s Remaining Schedule
Vs. Seattle (7-5)
Vs. Chicago (8-4)
At LA Rams (11-1)
Notes: Even though the 49ers upset the Broncos, they are back at the top spot of the draft. And expect them to stay there with their tough remaining schedule.
2. Arizona’s Remaining Schedule
At Atlanta (4-9)
Vs. LA Rams (11-1)
At Seattle (7-5)
Notes: The Cardinals lost and moved from fourth up to No. 2, and have tough games ahead against the Rams and Seahawks.
3. Oakland’s Remaining Schedule
At Cincinnati (5-8)
Vs. Denver (6-7)
At Kansas City (11-2)
Notes: The Raiders’ upset win against Pittsburgh caused them to fall from No. 1 to No. 3, and Oakland could win another game at Cincy next week.
4. Atlanta’s Remaining Schedule
Vs. Arizona (3-10)
At Carolina (6-7)
At Tampa Bay (5-8)
Notes: The Falcons moved up from No. 6 to No. 4 after getting blown at Green Bay. Atlanta has a favorable schedule and could go on a late-season run.
5. New York Jets’ Remaining Schedule
Vs. Houston (9-3)
Vs. Green Bay (5-7-1)
At New England (9-4)
Notes: The Jets’ victory over Buffalo caused New York to slide from No. 3 to No. 5 this week. But the Jets will be hard-pressed to win again this year.
6. Buffalo’s Remaining Schedule
Vs. Detroit (5-8)
At New England (9-4)
Vs. Miami (7-6)
Notes: The Bills lost to the Jets and slipped from No. 8 to No. 6 in the draft order. Their lone winnable game appears to be next week versus Detroit.
7. Jacksonville’s Remaining Schedule
Vs. Washington (6-7)
At Miami (7-6)
At Houston (9-4)
Notes: The Jaguars got massacred at Tennessee on Thursday Night Football. How much do they have left in the tank? Their last winnable game may be against Washington.
8. Tampa Bay’s Remaining Schedule
At Baltimore (7-6)
At Dallas (8-5)
Vs. Atlanta (4-9)
Notes: If there is a consolation prize for losing to New Orleans on Sunday it’s the fact that the Bucs moved from No. 12 to No. 8 in the 2019 draft order. A top 10 pick is almost assured at this point.
9. New York Giants’ Remaining Schedule
Vs. Tennessee (7-6)
At Indianapolis (7-6)
Vs. Dallas (8-5)
Notes: The Redskins were blown out by the Giants on Sunday, which caused New York to slide from No. 7 to No. 9 in the 2019 draft order.
10. Detroit’s Remaining Schedule
At Buffalo (4-9)
Vs. Minnesota (6-5-1)
At Green Bay (5-7-1)
Notes: The Lions’ win over the Cardinals caused Detroit to slide from having the No. 5 overall pick down to No. 10. The Lions may be able to win another game or two to stay outside the Top 10.
11. Cincinnati’s Remaining Schedule
Vs. Oakland (3-10)
At Cleveland (5-7-1)
At Pittsburgh (7-6)
Notes: The Bengals are freefalling without quarterback Andy Dalton, and it could cost Marvin Lewis his job if Cincinnati winds up with a top-10 pick.
12. Green Bay’s Remaining Schedule
At Chicago (8-4)
At NY Jets (4-9)
Vs Detroit (5-8)
Notes: The Packers fired Mike McCarthy and Joe Philbin got his first win as head coach, which caused Green Bay to slide out of the top 10.
13. Cleveland’s Remaining Schedule
At Denver (6-7)
Vs. Cincinnati (5-8)
At Baltimore (7-6)
Notes: Cleveland beat the Panthers and could collect two more wins this year to finish with an 8-7-1 record.