We all know several teams will Play Dead for Teddy Bridgewater. Cleveland looks like they want to amass the draft picks to have the best shot at improving their team, but this post will consider only those teams that are now 0-3. There are 6 teams currently vying for the top pick: Jacksonville, Tampa, Minnesota, Washington, NY Giants, and Pittsburgh.
I think, because of their present QBs, we can safely eliminate those last 3: Wash, NYG, and Pitt. I cannot find anyone who seriously believes they will tank for the rest of the season. Minnesota may believe they have found their QB of the Future, but I am leaving them in just for the sake of What If? and besides, Ponders is not good.
Minnesota has 4 teams that look like the best opportunity for victories. Those games are Home against Carolina, Pitt, and Wash, and an away game against the Giants. Of course, Minnesota may win several games not on this list, but I picked these games as the most likely because of the opponent current record. Should Minnesota not win any others, and split 50/50 in these 4, it will only give them 2 wins for the season. Let’s see how that stacks up against the other PD4T teams.
Tampa has 5 games that present the best opportunity for a win: Home against Az, Buff, StL, plus home and away games with Carolina. Tampa needs to find a solution to the Josh Freeman situation, or they will have difficulties in winning any of these games. For the sake of argument, let’s give them 2 victories.
Jacksonsville has 4 games they may stand a chance of winning: Home against Buffalo and Az, plus the Home and Away with Tenn. I am being kind because I do not think they actually can stay with Tenn as long as Locker continues to play well. All things considered, I think Jacksonville ends up winless, or with only 1 victory.
In my mind, Minn is the best fit, followed by Tampa. I could get behind Teddy handing off to AP, or throwing to that core of receivers. Jacksonville is in a state of upheaval and I would not wish that on anyone. If Cleveland continues to empty the locker room, and if they put together a package of draft picks to secure the #1 overall pick, well, that would certainly not be a good place for Teddy, but better than Jacksonville. Tampa would be a nice place for him to end up, as I think that team has some clue about how to run a ball club, but they need to upgrade several positions on the O side of the ball.
Let’s wait for another 5 games to be played and take another look at how these teams are positioning themselves for Ted. By that time, some of the current 1 win teams may have slipped into the discussion.