Lions Strength of Schedule No Cakewalk

Despite posting an 0-16 record in 2008, Detroit's strength of schedule for the 2009 campaign isn't exactly a cakewalk.

They couldn't exactly schedule the worst team last season (by a wide margin) against Arena 2 clubs, but the strength of schedule the National Football League handed to Detroit in 2009 should be considered a challenge.

Especially given the gifts handed to their respective NFC North counterparts.

After becoming the only modern team in league history to post a winless season (0-16), the Lions will harbor the league's 21st toughest schedule this year. The ranking is calculated using opponents' winning percentage (.467 in Detroit's case), but nine (9) of those opponents were .500 or better in 2008. And five teams on their schedule were in the playoffs.

By contrast, division rivals Green Bay (6-10, .428), Minnesota (10-6, .420), and Chicago (9-7, .414) round out the league's bottom three.

Of course, it didn't hurt those teams that they're scheduled to play the Lions -- a .000 winning percentage last year -- twice.

The Miami Dolphins, the league's worst team in 2007 (1-15), have the toughest schedule (.594).

 

2009 NFL STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
(courtesy NFL media)

 

            

Team

Opponents’ 2008

Pct. & Record

Games vs. teams

.500 or better

Games vs.

playoff teams

Miami Dolphins

.594

152

104

0

13

6

Carolina Panthers

.592

151

104

1

15

7

New England Patriots

.590

151

105

0

13

7

Atlanta Falcons

.588

150

105

1

14

5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

.580

148

107

1

13

7

Buffalo Bills

.570

146

110

0

13

6

New York Jets

.568

145

110

1

11

6

New Orleans Saints

.557

142

113

1

13

7

Philadelphia Eagles

.535

137

119

0

13

5

New York Giants

.527

134

120

2

14

7

Jacksonville Jaguars

.516

132

124

0

10

6

Dallas Cowboys

.516

131

123

2

12

7

Indianapolis Colts

.512

131

125

0

10

5

Tennessee Titans

.508

130

126

0

10

6

Houston Texans

.506

129

126

1

8

6

Washington Redskins

.492

125

129

2

12

7

San Diego Chargers

.484

123

131

2

10

6

Kansas City Chiefs

.484

123

131

2

10

6

Oakland Raiders

.480

122

132

2

12

6

Denver Broncos

.480

122

132

2

10

7

Detroit Lions

.467

119

136

1

9

5

St. Louis Rams

.465

119

137

0

9

5

Cincinnati Bengals

.465

119

137

0

10

6

Seattle Seahawks

.457

117

139

0

9

5

Cleveland Browns

.449

114

140

2

8

6

San Francisco 49ers

.443

113

142

1

9

7

Arizona Cardinals

.441

113

143

0

7

5

Baltimore Ravens

.438

111

143

2

8

5

Pittsburgh Steelers

.434

110

144

2

8

6

Green Bay Packers

.428

109

146

1

9

5

Minnesota Vikings

.420

107

148

1

7

5

Chicago Bears

.414

105

149

2

7

7


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