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Dolphins blow the top spot for one week

The race for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft was jolted in Week 9. The Dolphins made the Jets look ridiculous in rolling to victory.

Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Miami Dolphins scrambles out of the pocket during the second quarter against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on November 3, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins shocked the football world in Week 9. Well, as much as one can shock the world while facing the New York Jets. The Dolphins dominated the Jets in a 26-18 win and secured their first win of the season. An 0-16 season seemed like a very real possibility, but it is not to be in Miami.

With the Dolphins, the Cincinnati Bengals are the only winless team left. They are on bye this week, and with A.J. Green potentially returning to the lineup, a win is not entirely out of the realm of the possible. Of course, the move from starting quarterback Andy Dalton to backup Ryan Finley raises a host of questions and I suppose winless is still a very real possibility.

The Dolphins loss now means we have four teams with one win heading into Week 10. I thought the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons might content for the playoffs, but both can’t get out of their own way. Expectations were low for Washington coming into the season, so they are not at all surprising in this group. But can one of them emerge as awful enough to challenge the Bengals? The Bengals host the Jets in Week 13 and then travel to face the Dolphins in Week 16. The loser of this slop of games could be the big winner next April.

Week 10 brings an intriguing matchup between the Jets and Giants. Well, if by intriguing, I mean crappy and will impact draft positioning. The Giants are 2-6 heading into Monday Night Football at home against the Cowboys, while the Jets seem to be going nowhere fast. The other matchup of note is Dolphins at Colts. Jacoby Brissett sprained his knee in Week 9 and will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the damage. If he does not play, Brian Hoyer gets the start against the moderately surging Dolphins.

Here’s the draft for the top 12 teams, all of whom have no more than three wins through Week 9.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: 0-8, .539
  2. Washington: 1-8, .542
  3. New York Jets: 1-7, .473
  4. Miami Dolphins: 1-7, .481
  5. Atlanta Falcons: 1-7, .604
  6. New York Giants: 2-6, .459
  7. Cleveland Browns: 2-6, .496
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2-6, .556
  9. Denver Broncos: 3-6, .544
  10. Chicago Bears (owned by Oakland Raiders): 3-5, .544
  11. Arizona Cardinals: 3-5-1, .554
  12. Detroit Lions: 3-4-1, .485