Every Week 17, poor NFL teams pick the present over the big picture.
Even though the present means nothing.
Here are several cellar dwellers that’ll walk away from Sunday’s season finale with a W and hurt their position in April’s draft.
3. San Diego Chargers
Wouldn’t it be nice to give Norv Turner’s replacement a top-10 pick to work with his first season in San Diego?
Well, that won’t happen because Philip Rivers is too determined to finish the season strong. And with Terrelle Pryor set to make his first career start on Sunday, it’d be shocking if the Chargers didn’t slaughter the Oakland Raiders.
With a 7-9 record, San Diego risks being bumped out of the top 15.
2. Buffalo Bills
The New York Jets are in disarray.
Rex Ryan named Mark Sanchez the starter in Week 17 with Greg McElroy unable to suit up. And Sanchez’s motivation will be at an all-time low after Ryan called him the franchise quarterback all year long, only to bench him for a seventh-round draft pick.
As poor as the Bills have played this season, C.J. Spiller is single-handedly capable of taking over the game. New York’s run defense is ranked just 27th in the NFL, and Spiller is averaging an insane 6.5 yards per carry.
With a 6-10 record, though, Chan Gailey’s replacement would have to find Ryan Fitzpatrick’s replacement with a pick well outside the top five.
1. Tennessee Titans
A loss would do wonders for the Titans.
First off, getting swept by the Jacksonville Jaguars would almost certainly result in Mike Munchak getting fired. Tennessee would remain a five-win football team which could move it just outside the top five depending on how other scrubs fair this weekend. And on top of that, it would guarantee that the Jags couldn’t land the No. 1 overall pick no matter what happens with the Kansas City Chiefs.
But at home, the Titans are unlikely to lose to Jacksonville again, which is unfortunate for them.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.