The debate will rage on throughout the week as to whether the Redskins should rest their starters on Sunday or go for the victory with their best players against the Dallas Cowboys. Here's one thing to consider: the Cowboys' draft pick.
The Cowboys (4-11) are currently tied for the third-worst record in the NFL, with the Titans and Browns tied at the very bottom at 3-12. If the Cowboys lose on Sunday and the Titans and Browns both win, there will be a three-way tie for the worst record in football.
The tiebreaker for draft picks is strength of schedule. The team with the weaker schedule (i.e. opponents having a worse winning percentage) gets the better pick. As of right now, Tennessee has a weaker SOS at .493 than Dallas (.529) and Cleveland (.532). SOS will change, depending on opponents’ results in Week 17. Teams that are tied in strength of schedule then flip a coin for their draft position.
If the Cowboys win on Sunday, they could end up tied for the eighth-worst record in football. It would then come down to their SOS compared to teams like the Jaguars, Dolphins and Ravens, depending on the results of their games.
The range of where the Cowboys could pick remains vast. Is that enough to convince Skins fans to allow their team to lose to Dallas? Probably not, but it's something to think about.