Loss plus a 49ers win puts Browns in lead for first pick in the draft

DETROIT -- And then there was one -- winless team in the NFL, that is.

The Cleveland Browns’ 38-24 loss to Detroit on Sunday combined with the San Francisco 49ers' victory over the New York Giants to put the Browns on track for the first pick in the NFL draft.

It’s a three-way race for the top pick. The Browns are 0-9, while the 49ers and Giants have one win apiece. Before Sunday’s games, ESPN Analytics gave Cleveland a 55.6 percent chance to have the top pick and San Francisco 42.2 percent. Those numbers should change after the weekend’s results.

Here’s a look at each team’s remaining games in the “chase” for the top pick:


The Browns play four of their final seven on the road: Jacksonville, at Cincinnati, at L.A. Chargers, Green Bay, Baltimore, at Chicago, at Pittsburgh.

Combined record: 31-32 (.492)


The Giants play four of seven at home: Kansas City, at Washington, at Oakland, Dallas, Philadelphia, at Arizona, Washington.

Combined record: 35-28 (.556)


San Francisco has played 10 games and has three of its final six at home: Seattle, at Chicago, at Houston, Tennessee, Jacksonville, at L.A. Rams.

Combined record: 31-23 (.574)

The Browns might have the best chance for the first pick, per analytics, but they also have the easiest remaining schedule.