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A look at 2009 strength of schedule

2/2/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
In a league where teams go from big losers to big winners in the span of a year, these numbers mean far less than they used to.

Still, strength of schedule is one of the only ways we have to measure what's coming or predict a team's potential to rise or slide in the standings.

In terms of the 2008 winning percentage of the teams they will play in 2009, the AFC South ranks in a bunch at tied for 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th. As the division plays the NFC West, I'm surprised the schedules of the Titans, Colts, Texans and Jaguars rank as high as they do.

A reminder of which teams' records are being added up to get to those numbers.

Houston

Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams

Indianapolis

Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams

Jacksonville

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams.

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks.

Tennessee

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks