It's official. The Kansas City Chiefs' loss to the Bengals and the St. Louis Rams' loss to the Falcons today means the Chiefs will pick third in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft.
Here is the break down leading up to how we got the #2 pick, courtesy of cdcox of Chiefs Planet and NFL Forecast. The draft order scenarios reference what had to happen in order for the Chiefs to get the #2 overall pick, if both the Chiefs and Rams lost.
We lose to Cincinnati and St. Louis loses to Atlanta and we get at least 5 of the SOS games below to go our way.
We lose to Cincinnati and St. Louis loses to Atlanta and we get 4 of the SOS games below to go our way and we win a coin toss.
SOS refers to strength of schedule, which is the tie breaker used to see what team gets the higher pick. It's the total win/loss ratio of all of a team's 2008 opponents.
Here are those SOS games and their winners that mattered for the Chiefs to secure the #2 pick this weekend.
Giants over Minnesota
Tampa over Oakland
Indy over Tennessee
SF over Washington
Chicago over Houston
The Giants lost; the Raiders beat Oakland; Indianapolis won; Chicago lost and the 49ers and Redskins are still playing. We needed four of those winners and so far we only have one.
Remember the Chiefs and Rams, because of the tie, will alternate the #2 and #3 picks in each round.
Is it April yet?