The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns clashed on the football field in Week 16 of the 2006 regular season.
The Buccaneers won that contest by defeating the Browns on the road, 22-7.
The first and second overall picks in the 2007 NFL Draft have already been determined. The 2-14 Oakland Raiders own the No. 1 pick in the draft in April. The 3-13 Detroit Lions produced the second-worst record in the league and have the second pick.
The third overall pick, however, has not been decided yet.
That pick will belong to either the Buccaneers or the Browns, both of whom finished the regular season with 4-12 records.
Most tie-breaker situations take into consideration the result of a head-to-head matchup. If that were the case this time around, the Browns would have the third overall pick and the Bucs would settle for the fourth overall selection.
However, this tie-breaker situation doesn’t take the head-to-head meeting into consideration. Instead, when determining a tie-breaker for draft pick status, the National Football League compares strength of schedule for both teams.
Neither team helped the NFL in that regard as the Bucs and Browns have identical strength of schedule records.
The last time Tampa Bay and Cleveland clashed, the meeting was decided on the football field. This time will be much different, with a coin flip deciding whether the Bucs or Browns secure the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
While the scouting for collegiate players has already begun and will be kicked into high gear when the Senior Bowl is held in Mobile, Ala. in late January, neither the Bucs nor the Browns will know exactly where they are picking in the draft until March, which is when the coin flip will be conducted by the NFL.
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