Parity in the NFL is an outdated sentiment.
There’s a football-field-sized gap between the handful of Super Bowl contenders and the pack of teams competing for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft. Ten teams — nearly one-third of the league — have one win or fewer (looking at you, Jets) after six weeks of the season.
Here is a look at how the rest of the schedule shapes up for the teams in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes, ranked by the winning percentage of their remaining opponents. Most difficult schedules are an advantage when the name of the game is losing.
1. Jaguars (1-5, .625)
Accused of tanking in the offseason, a season-opening win against the Colts removed the spotlight for a bit. No more. It doesn’t get any more difficult than closing with the Titans, Ravens, Bears and Colts (combined 19-4).
2. Jets (0-6, .604)
Bills, at Chiefs and Patriots before the bye makes 0-9 feel like a lock. There are still three cross-country trips — at Chargers in Week 11 and back-to-back at Seahawks and at Rams in Weeks 14 and 15 — ahead.
3. Texans (1-5, .580)
Firing Bill O’Brien injected some life into the Texans, who beat the Jaguars and nearly upset the undefeated Titans. Good thing, too, because this pick belongs to the Dolphins via trade, no matter where it lands. Jaguars rematch is Week 9.
4. Bengals (1-4-1, .571)
An all-or-nothing schedule. The Bengals, who already faced the lowly Chargers, Jaguars and Eagles, still get the Giants, Texans and Washington from this list. But four games remain within their loaded division.
5. Vikings (1-5, .564)
Two one-point losses suggest the preseason favorites in the NFC North are not as bad as their record. The final 10 games are all in conference, including five in division and three against first-place teams.
6. Falcons (1-5, .547)
Like the Texans, the Falcons won their first game after firing their coach. If it’s the start of a hot streak, the next six games are against opponents with 3-3, 3-2 or 2-3 records, before the Buccaneers twice and Chiefs in the final three weeks.
7. Giants (1-5, .500)
Visits to the Seahawks and Ravens in December are brutal. The Giants haven’t beaten either the Eagles or Cowboys (three games remaining) since 2016 but could steal a fifth straight win against Washington or a road upset of the Bengals.
8. Washington (1-5, .491)
Benching Dwayne Haskins for Kyle Allen was made to capitalize on a six-game stretch against the Giants twice, Cowboys twice, Bengals and Lions. Problem is Washington will be an underdog each time before drawing the 49ers, Seahawks and Panthers.
9. Eagles (1-4-1, .482)
The most-talented but also the most injury-depleted of the three one-win teams in the NFC East. Three remaining games against the Giants and Washington are sandwiched around five straight games against winning opponents in Weeks 11-15.
10. Chargers (1-4, .424)
None of the Chargers’ remaining 11 opponents have five wins yet, only two have four wins and six are under .500. They are the only of the other teams on this list “lucky” enough to still face the winless Jets. Justin Herbert is heating up.
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