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Patriots Daily: Down to Fourth in 2024 Draft; NFL Christmas Games

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Heisman Trophy finalists, from left, LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. pose with the trophy after attending a news conference before the award ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, in New York. One of them could be on the New England Patriots in 2024. All four are going in Round 1 of the latest mock 2024 NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The New England Patriots dramatic win over Denver on Sunday night boosted team morale. It showed doubters that the team is willing to fight for every win, regardless of record or postseason hopes. What it also did was bump New England backwards a bit in the 2024 NFL Draft order.

Instead of staying at No. 2, where they would have remained with a loss, the Patriots are now at No. 4. Obviously this is all still subject to change. New England still has two games remaining. They could finish anywhere from 4-13 to 6-11. Other teams could also pick up additional wins before the season is through. And the strength of schedule tiebreaker for draft position is constantly changing. But, for now, the Patriots would be selecting fourth.

This could put the New England Patriots out of the running, barring a trade, for Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, or Marvin Harrison, Jr. However, there is still four months until the 2024 NFL Draft, not to mention two weeks remaining in the 2023 season, so all of that can be worried about at a later date. Perhaps the Patriots wind up with one of the three quarterbacks (Jayden Daniels, Michael Penix, Jr., Bo Nix) that were Heisman Trophy finalists this season instead.

NFL Christmas Schedule

There are three games today (all times EST):

1:00 Las Vegas Raiders (6-8) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-5)

4:30 New York Giants (5-9) at Philadelphia Eagles (10-4)

8:15 Baltimore Ravens (11-3) at San Francisco 49ers (11-3)

The winner of the Ravens-49ers game will be the top team in next week’s NFL Power Rankings.

Also in today’s Patriots Daily: Dolphins clinch playoff spot, Jets bringing back staff, Amari Cooper breaks record, the NFL’s first Christmas game; and more…

New England Patriots

Patriots Football Now – Ten Takeaways From the Patriots Christmas Eve Win in Denver

Patriots Football Now – ‘Twas the Year Before Changes

AFC East News

Buffalo News – Bills WR Stefon Diggs snap count is curiously low in win

NFL.com – Dolphins clinch playoff spot with win over Cowboys

ESPN – Jets owner: Robert Saleh and Joe Douglas to return in ’24

NFL News

Yardbarker – Clutch interception clinches Lions first division title since 1993

Pro Football Network – Injury update on Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence

ESPN – Amari Cooper sets Browns receiving record with 265 yards

PFN+ – 2024 NFL Draft Previews

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Fun Fact of the Day

The first ever NFL game played on Christmas came during the 1971 playoffs. It was a game between the visiting Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings. Dallas prevailed 20-12 and would go on to win the Super Bowl. Cowboys RB Duane Clark scored the NFL’s first Christmas touchdown in the game.

Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day is from New England Patriots official X account, celebrating their victory in Denver…

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