Missouri could have big coin toss
Posted Dec. 16 at 01:46 AM
As of today, the State of Missouri's two teams, Kansas City and St. Louis, would be flipping a coin to determine which would select No. 2 overall in next spring's draft.
The tie-breaking system for the draft is different than for the playoffs. The No. 1 condition is strength of schedule. Both of these teams are 2-12, and their 16 opponents have each gone a combined 117-106-1. The next tie-breakers are the standard divisional and conference tie-breakers (same as used for playoffs), but they don't apply here, since the teams are from different conferences.
Current Draft Order
1. Detroit Lions (0-14)
2. Kansas City (2-12) (tie)
St. Louis (2-12) (tie)
4. Cincinnati (2-11-1)
5. Seattle (3-11)*
6. Oakland (3-11)*
7. Cleveland (4-10)
8. San Francisco (5-9)*
9. Green Bay (5-9)*
10. Jacksonville (5-9)*
* -- tie broken by strength of schedule
There's a chance, of course, that either Kansas City or the Rams will win one of their final two games and break this tie. Kansas City hosts Miami this week, then plays at Cincinnati. St. Louis is at home on Sunday against San Francisco, then plays at Atlanta.
If both Kansas City and St. Louis finish the year at 2-14, the strength of schedule tiebreaker will be re-examined. Right now, the two teams are tied, but there's a good chance one of them will move ahead by a game or two within the next few weeks. These two teams have five common opponents -- Atlanta, Buffalo, Miami, New England and the Jets.
Fans of the Rams should be hoping that the other teams they have played will lose their games -- Arizona, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington and the Giants.
Kansas City fans hoping for that No. 2 pick will be hoping that the following teams lose: Carolina, Cincinnati, Denver, New Orleans, Oakland, San Diego, Tampa Bay and Tennessee.
And for both of those teams, loses by teams inside the division count double (since those teams appear twice on the schedule).
Posted by ADAM HOLTZ | Dec. 16 at 09:07 PM
If there is a coin toss, does the same team pick ahead of the other in EACH round, or do they reverse in even numbered rounds? That seems like too much to have riding on a coin toss.
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