Two of the worst teams in the NFL will meet on Sunday in Atlanta, in a terrible game that will have big implications in the NFL draft.
At 3-10, Washington and Atlanta are tied for the second-worst record in the NFL. So the loser of Sunday’s meeting will be in the driver’s seat for the second overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Except that Washington shipped its first-round pick to St. Louis as part of the trade to acquire Robert Griffin III. So this is a big game for the Rams, who will be rooting for the Falcons.
One of the most surprising parts of this NFL season is that the four teams with the worst records in the league — Houston, Atlanta, Washington and Minnesota — were all in the playoffs last season. Fans of three of those teams at least have the ability to daydream about what their teams can do with next year’s first-round pick. Fans in Washington don’t even have the draft to console them as they trudge through a miserable December.