EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 9: New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk (6) turned towards his old team and raises his arms in triumph after kicking the game winning field goal to beat the New York Jets 30-27 with seconds left in the fourth quarter. The New York Jets host the New England Patriots in a Monday Night Football game at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Nov. 9, 2020.
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The New York Jets continue to sit atop of the tank for Trevor Lawrence standings after their Monday night loss to the New England Patriots.

Well … that was close.

The New York Jets remain atop the tank for Trevor Lawrence standings after their 30-27 loss to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, but they needed an old friend to come through in the clutch.

Nick Folk, the man who drilled many clutch kicks for the Jets from 2010 to 2016, connected on a 51-yard game-winner at MetLife Stadium to complete the Pats’ fourth-quarter comeback victory.

With that, the Jets maintain a 1.5 game lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Current Tank Standings:

  1. New York Jets, 0-9 (.000)
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-7 (.125)
  3. Dallas Cowboys, 2-7 (.222)
  4. New York Giants, 2-7 (.222)
  5. Washington Football Team, 2-6 (.250)
  6. Los Angeles Chargers, 2-6 (.250)
  7. Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans, 2-6 (.250)
  8. Cincinnati Bengals, 2-5-1 (.313)
  9. Carolina Panthers, 3-6 (.333)
  10. Atlanta Falcons, 3-6 (.333)

A win over the Patriots would have been crippling to the team’s No. 1 draft-slot chances. The Jags’ strength of schedule (all 16 opponents) is the only critical tiebreaker at the moment, and their strength of schedule is far lower than the Jets’ right now.

New York’s .591 strength of schedule could wind up sliding down below Jacksonville’s .544, but that’s a large difference heading into Week 10. It simply means the Jags will hold any tiebreaker against the Jets should the two teams finish with the same record.

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The Jags are currently preparing for the tough Green Bay Packers, while the Jets head into their bye week. A Packers victory (which is expected) would place the Jags just one game behind the Jets in the race.

Any combination of a Jets win and Jags loss from Week 11 and on will essentially give the Jags the No. 1 pick, courtesy of the strength of schedule tiebreaker.

For Jets fans, defeating the Patriots would have felt sweet. But the man who prompted Rex Ryan to shout out “Folk hero!” a few times during his Jets tenure ensured it didn’t happen.

The New York Jets still remain the favorites to land Trevor Lawrence in the 2021 NFL draft.


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