NFL Strength of Schedule

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with this type of ranking and need an explanation.

How is the NFL Strength of schedule calculated?

NFL Strength of Schedule is based on the upcoming schedule for each pro football team based on their opponents previous season won/loss record.

Handicapping Value

The NFL strength of schedule has limited value in handicapping for future bets such as odds to win the Super Bowl, conference and divisional. However, it’s a decent tool to use as a starting point for handicapping season win type bets.

2019 Team Winners and Losers

This season based on last year’s won/lost results of their opponents the AFC West has on paper the toughest schedules with Oakland (No. 1), Denver (No. 2) and Kansas City (tied for 5th). Not far behind is the AFC South with Jacksonville, Houston, Indianapolis and Tennessee all in the top 10 for SOS.

At the other end of the rankings are the NFC East with Washington (No. 32), NY Giants (tied for 27th), Philadelphia (No. 26) all having bottom ranked schedules. In a close 2nd is the AFC East with New England (tied for 27th), NY Jets (tied for 27th) and Buffalo (24th). These two divisions drew each other this season making a significant improvement by either of the divisions would limit the value of these numbers.

Check out all 32 NFL Teams’ 2019 Strength of Schedule rankings below.

 

NFL Strength of Schedule

Rank Team Opp. Winning Pct. Opp. Record
1 Oakland Raiders 0.539 137-117-2
2 Denver Broncos 0.537 136-117-3
3 Jacksonville Jaguars 0.531 136-120
4 Houston Texans 0.527 135-121
T-5 Chicago Bears 0.52 131-121-4
T-5 Kansas City Chiefs 0.52 132-122-2
T-7 Atlanta Falcons 0.518 132-123-1
T-7 Indianapolis Colts 0.518 132-123-1
9 Tennessee Titans 0.514 131-124-1
10 Minnesota Vikings 0.512 130-124-2
11 San Francisco 49ers 0.51 129-124-3
T-12 Arizona Cardinals 0.508 129-125-2
T-12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0.508 130-126
T-14 Dallas Cowboys 0.504 128-126-2
T-14 Green Bay Packers 0.504 128-126-2
T-16 Los Angeles Chargers 0.502 127-126-3
T-16 Carolina Panthers 0.502 128-127-1
18 Miami Dolphins 0.5 127-127-2
T-19 Pittsburgh Steelers 0.496 126-128-2
T-19 Detroit Lions 0.496 125-127-4
T-19 Baltimore Ravens 0.496 125-127-4
22 New Orleans Saints 0.488 125-131
23 Cleveland Browns 0.484 123-131-2
24 Buffalo Bills 0.48 122-132-2
25 Seattle Seahawks 0.479 121-132-3
26 Philadelphia Eagles 0.477 121-133-2
T-27 Cincinnati Bengals 0.473 119-133-4
T-27 New York Giants 0.473 120-134-2
T-27 New York Jets 0.473 120-134-2
T-27 Los Angeles Rams 0.473 120-134-2
T-27 New England Patriots 0.473 120-134-2
32 Washington Redskins 0.469 119-135-2