Strength of schedule update

November, 7, 2009
11/07/09
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NFC strength of schedule: Weeks 1 through 8
Team Opp. record Opp. win pct.
Atlanta Falcons
30-19 .612
Detroit Lions
30-22 .588
San Francisco 49ers
30-22 .588
Arizona Cardinals
28-23 .549
Tampa Bay Bucs
28-23 .549
Seattle Seahawks
27-23 .540
St. Louis Rams
29-28 .509
Green Bay Packers
26-27 .491
New Orleans Saints
25-27 .481
Carolina Panthers
23-27 .460
New York Giants
26-31 .456
Chicago Bears
22-28 .440
Dallas Cowboys
21-29 .420
Minnesota Vikings
23-35 .397
Philadelphia Eagles
20-31 .392
Washington Redskins
16-35 .314
NFC strength of schedule: Weeks 9 through 17
Team Opp. record Opp. win pct.
Washington Redskins
43-22 .662
Carolina Panthers
42-24 .636
New York Giants
36-21 .632
Philadelphia Eagles
38-26 .594
Tampa Bay Bucs
38-26 .594
Dallas Cowboys
36-29 .554
Chicago Bears
36-30 .545
St. Louis Rams
30-27 .526
Detroit Lions
34-31 .523
Minnesota Vikings
28-29 .491
Green Bay Packers
28-35 .444
Atlanta Falcons
29-37 .439
Seattle Seahawks
26-40 ,394
San Francisco 49ers
25-39 .391
Arizona Cardinals
24-42 .364
New Orleans Saints
23-41 .359
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

I’ve never been a huge fan of preseason strength-of-schedule comparisons, given how unpredictable the NFL is on a yearly basis. But as we approach the midpoint of the season, this type of analysis becomes more relevant.

So as we prepare for Week 9 of the 17-week season, I wanted to pass along this chart from the Elias Sports Bureau. You’ll see that Detroit played the toughest first-half schedule in the NFC North, while Minnesota had the easiest. Also, be sure to check out how each team’s second-half schedule shapes up.

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