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Monday, February 10, 2014
Strength of schedule: Tennessee Titans

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Based on the winning percentages their 2014 opponents compiled in 2013, the Tennessee Titans will play the second-easiest schedule in the league.

But strength of schedule is misleading in a lot of ways.

Yes, it's all we have to go on for now, but some teams make drastic improvements in the span of a year and others drop off horribly. The Atlanta Falcons were 13-3 in 2012, so they helped make the strength of schedule for their 2013 opponents tough. But the 2013 Falcons were 4-12.

Also, a team has a bearing on the perceived toughness of its schedule. The Titans play the Colts twice annually. Tennessee lost that game twice in 2013, helping boost Indianapolis' record to 11-5. That 11-5 helps make the Titans' strength of schedule in 2014 tougher, but the Titans had a hand in creating it.

The only team with an easier strength of schedule in 2014 is, incidentally, the Colts. Indy's opponents were a collective .430. As I said, the Titans had a big hand in that.