1. The Cincinnati Bengals have to beat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14
I think we will know after Week 14 whether or not the LA Chargers have any chance of getting to the third overall pick to draft Sewell. The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Dallas Cowboys and while the Cowboys winning would move the Chargers to fourth (assuming the Chargers lose), the Chargers need the Bengals to win this game.
That is because this is really the only winnable game on the Bengals’ schedule with Joe Burrow being out of action. Of course, anything can happen on any given Sunday but the Bengals will start to smell the possibility of getting Sewell if they lose this game and further separate from the Cowboys and should actively try and lose out.
Plus, just look at their competition besides the Cowboys. They play the Miami Dolphins this week. Normally, you would consider this a winnable game but the Dolphins are 7-4 and in the midst of a playoff run. Miami needs this game.
After the Cowboys, the Bengals have the Steelers, Texans and Ravens. The Steelers will probably still be undefeated and will be trying to put together a 16-0 season. Even if they aren’t, they will be playing for the first seed in the AFC.
The Ravens are going to be in the middle of the playoff pack and in Week 17 this game will mean a lot for them. The Texans are the worst team remaining but they are sneaky decent (they have had a really hard schedule) and don’t have a first nor second-round pick anyway, so there is no point in wanting to lose.
Simply put: the only realistic chance that the Bengals can win a game is against Dallas. But that creates even more things that need to happen.