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Why no head-to-head tiebreaker on draft order

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2009 – 5:49 pm

Since so many Bills fans wanted to know why the head-to-head tiebreaker is not used to determine the draft order, I sent the question into the league to see what the reasoning was behind using strength of schedule as the tiebreaker.

It’s been explained to me that the league chooses to use the strength of schedule as a tiebreaker for draft order because in most cases there are three to five teams each year that are tied with the same record. Since head-to-head is rarely an effective or applicable measure in breaking the tie, for draft order they use strength of schedule feeling it’s the best league wide tiebreaker.

This season there happened to be a rare two-team tie with the Bills and 49ers. Many Bills fans felt the Bills should have the 10th pick since the 49ers beat Buffalo in Week 13 (10-3). But since head-to-head is not used as a tiebreaker for draft order, strength of schedule was and San Francisco had the weaker strength of schedule and therefore will draft 10th this season with Buffalo 11th.


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