Strength Of Schedule

Strength schedule for an NFL team has become far too often a gauge to determine how successful a team is/was in any given season. Especially in Dallas, the schedule isn't favorable according to this pre-season workup.

2003 NFL Team schedule by 2002 opponent records.

 

Strength schedule for an NFL team has become far too often a gauge to determine how successful a team is/was in any given season. While there is a statistic for almost any situation in or around the National Football League, the strength of schedule is one barometer that is a common factor in determining playoff spot races to even an excuse for a team front office when the season hadn't progressed as well as anticipated.

 

Below is a workup of the 2003 season strength of schedule, ranked in order of easiest schedule to most difficult, from 2002 NFL season results.

Ranking

 

 

Team

 

 

   

 

   W-  L-  T  

 

 W/L
 Pct.

    

Games

Against

2002
Playoff
Teams

1 

Seattle

113-142-1

.443

5

1 

Arizona

113-142-1

.443

5

3

Green Bay

115-141-0

.449

4

4

San Francisco

115-140-1

.451

5

5

St. Louis

116-138-2

.457

7

6 

Pittsburgh

121-135-0

.473

6

6 

Detroit

121-135-0

.473

4

8

Kansas City

121-134-1

.475

5

9

Minnesota

122-133-1

.479

6

10 

Cleveland

122-132-2

.480

5

10 

Baltimore

122-132-2

.480

6

10 

Chicago

123-133-0

.480

4

13

Oakland

123-132-1

.482

5

14

San Diego

124-131-1

.486

5

15

Denver

126-129-1

.494

6

16

Buffalo

129-127-0

.504

6

17

Cincinnati

129-125-2

.508

6

18

Miami

132-124-0

.516

6

19

Indianapolis

132-123-1

.518

6

20

New Orleans

132-122-2

.520

8

21

NY Giants

133-122-1

.521

5

22 

Tennessee

133-121-2

.523

7

22 

Atlanta

134-122-0

.523

6

22 

Carolina

133-121-2

.523

8

25

New England

135-121-0

.527

7

26

Houston

136-119-1

.533

7

27 

Washington

137-118-1

.537

7

27 

Jacksonville

137-118-1

.537

7

29

Tampa Bay

137-117-2

.539

8

30 

Philadelphia

138-117-1

.541

7

30 

NY Jets

138-117-1

.541

6

30

Dallas

138-117-1

.541

7

 

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