Originally Posted by 4lifecowboy
How do they decide order for teams with identical records? Because with us losing by 20 points in the last few games seems like it should be factored in. I would go as far saying that Buffalo is actually better than us.
Opponents strength of schedule is usually the determining factor. If the Cowboys are tied at 6-10 with another team that they haven't played head-to-head, the team that has had "easier" opponents (worse winning percentage) will pick higher. The thinking is that the team that had the same record as another team yet played and easier schedule should draft higher because their record is even less impressive - based on opponents faced.