NFL’s strength of schedule: Raiders finally No. 1


The Raiders will see both of these quarterbacks in 2014. (USATSI)
The Raiders will see both of these quarterbacks in 2014. (USATSI)

The Oakland Raiders haven't had a successful season since 2002 and if the NFL's 2014 strength of schedule is any indication, that streak is prone to proceed for an additional yr.

Based on 2013 records, the Raiders will play the toughest schedule within the NFL subsequent season. The Raiders will play a total of 9 video games against 2013 playoff groups, plus a game in opposition to the 10-win Arizona Cardinals.

The Raiders schedule is as near a murderer's row as an NFL schedule can produce. Oakland performs all four teams that played in the NFC and AFC Championship games and that includes three games in opposition to the two groups that have been within the Tremendous Bowl.

Oakland might have it powerful, but they don't seem to be the only ones taking part in 9 games against 2013 playoff groups. The Broncos may also play a complete of nine games in 2014 against teams that made the playoffs in 2013.

The eight toughest schedules in the NFL belong to the eight groups in the AFC and NFC West. The two divisions will play one another in 2014. The two divisions mixed to send five of their eight teams to the postseason in 2013.

It pays to be within the AFC South in 2014. The four best power of schedules subsequent season belong to the the 4 groups in that division. Going into 2014, Indianapolis has the best energy of schedule, adopted by Tennessee, Houston and Jacksonville.

The Colts 2014 opponents have a combined 2013 document of 110-146. The Raiders 2014 opponents have a mixed document of 148-108.

In any case of this power of schedule speak, the plain question right here is: Does strength of schedule actually mean something?

Going into the 2013 season, the Carolina Panthers had the hardest power of schedule. After the 2013 season was over although, the Panthers had only played the 17th most tough schedule.

Loads of that had to do with the fact that Carolina performed the Falcons twice. Going into 2013, the Panthers strength of schedule was calculated using the Falcons 2012 record of 13-three. After 2013, it was calculated utilizing the Falcons 2013 report of 4-12.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up playing essentially the most tough schedule in 2013, however before the season, they have been only projected to play the 17th hardest schedule.

Here's the 2014 power of schedule for each NFL crew (Mixed 2013 file of all sixteen opponents, mixed winning share)

1. Oakland Raiders: 148-108,578

2. Denver Broncos: 146-110,570

three. St. Louis Rams: 144-111-1,564

T-4. San Diego Chargers: a hundred and forty four-112,563

T-4. San Francisco 49ers: a hundred and forty four-112,563

6. Seattle Seahawks: 143-112-1,561

7. Kansas City Chiefs: 143-113,559

eight.Arizona Cardinals: a hundred and forty-116,547

9. New York Jets: 132-122-2,520

10. New England Patriots: 131-123-2,516

11. Atlanta Falcons: a hundred thirty-124-2512

12. Miami Dolphins: 129-one hundred twenty five-2,508

thirteen. Green Bay Packers: 128-126-2,504

14. Buffalo Payments: 127-127-2,500

15. Chicago Bears: one hundred twenty five-127-four,496

sixteen. Detroit Lions: 124-128-4,492

17. Washington Redskins: 125-one hundred thirty-1,490

18. Dallas Cowboys: one hundred twenty five-131,488

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 123-131-2,484

20. Philadelphia Eagles: 122-133-1,479

21. Minnesota Vikings: 121-133-2,477

22. Carolina Panthers: a hundred and twenty-134-2,473

T-23. Cincinnati Bengals: a hundred and twenty-136,469

T-23. Pittsburgh Steelers: a hundred and twenty-136,469

T-23. New Orleans Saints: 119-135-2469

T-26. Cleveland Browns: 119-137,465

T-26. New York Giants: 119-137,465

28. Baltimore Ravens: 117-139,461

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: 116-one hundred forty,453

30. Houston Texans: 113-143,441

31. Tennessee Titans: 112-one hundred forty four,438

32. Indianapolis Colts: one hundred ten-146,430

Here is a hyperlink to an inventory of every opponent each group will play in 2014. The time and dates of each game will be launched in the spring.


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