NFL 2013 Strength of Schedule

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; General view of the NFL logo after Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has announced the 2013 strength of schedule for all of the league’s 32 teams. Strength of schedule is determined by the opponent’s record from last season.

Of course, teams can improve or regress during the offseason, but strength of schedule gives us a quick indication of just how hard it could be for a team to make it to the Super Bowl next season.

Unfortunately for the Carolina Panthers, they were blessed with the toughest road to Super Bowl XLVIII. This year’s defending champion Baltimore Ravens have the fifth toughest schedule, while the NFL runner-up San Francisco 49ers come in at No. 9.

The easiest road to Super Bowl XLVIII belongs to the Denver Broncos, who are already considered the betting favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in 2014. The rest of the AFC West and Indianapolis Colts round out the five easiest schedules for next season.

See how your favorite team’s strength of schedule for the 2013-14 season stacks up against the rest of the league:

2013 Strength of schedule

Team
SOS
Opponent record
Carolina Panthers
.543
138-116-2
Detroit Lions
.539
138-118-0
New Orleans Saints
.539
137-117-2
St. Louis Rams
.539
137-117-2
Baltimore Ravens
.535
137-119-0
Green Bay Packers
.533
136-119-1
Arizona Cardinals
.520
131-121-4
Miami Dolphins
.520
133-123-0
San Francisco 49ers
.520
132-122-2
Minnesota Vikings
.516
132-124-0
Seattle Seahawks
.516
130-122-4
Cincinnati Bengals
.508
130-126-0
Jacksonville Jaguars
.508
129-125-2
New England Patriots
.508
130-126-0
Atlanta Falcons
.504
128-126-0
Chicago Bears
.502
128-127-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
.500
127-127-2
Washington Redskins
.498
127-128-1
New York Jets
.496
127-129-0
Philadelphia Eagles
.496
127-129-0
Cleveland Browns
.492
126-130-0
Pittsburgh Steelers
.496
126-130-0
Tennessee Titans
.488
124-130-2
New York Giants
.480
123-133-0
Dallas Cowboys
.480
121-134-1
Buffalo Bills
.473
121-135-0
Houston Texans
.473
120-134-2
Kansas City Chiefs
.473
121-135-0
Oakland Raiders
.469
120-136-0
Indianapolis Colts
.461
117-137-2
San Diego Chargers
.457
117-139-0
Denver Broncos
.430
110-146-0

Topics: 2013 NFL Season, NFL, NFL 2013 Schedule

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