With the Green Bay Packers‘ playoff dreams fading fast and a lost season looking most likely, attention may be turning to the draft for some fans.
If the Packers aren’t going to make the playoffs, it would be ideal if they could end up with a top-10 pick, which would be their first since 2009.
Green Bay would pick 12th if the season ended today. Which teams winning could help move the Packers up the draft order this weekend?
Arizona Cardinals (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)
The Packers and Arizona Cardinals both have 4-7 records entering Week 12. Green Bay is currently ahead of Arizona in the standings, so would have the worst of the two draft picks.
However, if Green Bay loses to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night and Arizona defeats the Los Angeles Chargers, the Cardinals would move ahead in the standings with a better record.
So, if you’re hoping for a top-10 draft pick, root for the Cardinals this weekend.
New Orleans Saints (at San Francisco 49ers)
It’s a similar story with the New Orleans Saints, who also have a 4-7 record.
If the Saints defeat the San Francisco 49ers this weekend, they will move to five wins on the season. Then a Packers loss on Sunday Night Football would mean they move up in the draft order, ahead of the Saints.
New Orleans’ pick will go to the Philadelphia Eagles, but it’s the Saints’ record that determines when that pick is.
Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Baltimore Ravens)
As things stand, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a top-10 pick with a 3-7 record. They aren’t far behind the Packers. They have one fewer win, but also have played one less game.
If the Jaguars win, they move to 4-7. If the Packers lose, they go to 4-8. That would give Jacksonville a better record, but Green Bay the higher draft pick.