Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NFL Strength of Remaining Schedule, Q3

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Strength of remaining schedule, Q1
Strength of remaining schedule, Q2

As usual, higher index values represent better teams, so a higher value here means a more difficult schedule.

RankTeamW-LStrength of
1Carolina Panthers4-74.0613
2Washington Redskins3-84.0045
3Miami Dolphins5-63.9648
4Buffalo Bills4-73.9493
5Dallas Cowboys8-33.9082
6Jacksonville Jaguars6-53.7744
7Atlanta Falcons6-53.6500
8Tampa Bay Buccaneers1-103.6338
9Indianapolis Colts11-03.6006
10New York Jets5-63.5575
11Tennessee Titans5-63.4888
12Philadelphia Eagles7-43.4339
13Detroit Lions2-93.3850
14St. Louis Rams1-103.3808
15New York Giants6-53.3658
16Kansas City Chiefs3-83.3019
17Cincinnati Bengals8-33.2913
18Cleveland Browns1-103.2726
19Seattle Seahawks4-73.2382
20New England Patriots7-43.1977
21Green Bay Packers7-43.1932
22Denver Broncos7-43.1824
23Minnesota Vikings10-13.1199
24San Diego Chargers8-33.1153
25Oakland Raiders3-83.0949
26Houston Texans5-62.9780
27Chicago Bears4-72.8835
28New Orleans Saints11-02.7998
29Pittsburgh Steelers6-52.7589
30Arizona Cardinals7-42.7422
31Baltimore Ravens6-52.5340
32San Francisco 49ers5-62.4367


  • CBS Sports has a page detailing the playoff race as it currently stands. Note they also have a "Scenarios" page which details what needs to happen for teams close to clinching to get in.

  • The Cowboys have the hardest remaining schedule of any playoff contender. With just a one-game lead over the Eagles, and a propensity for their offense to struggle, they've got a long way to go to clinch a playoff spot.

  • The Colts' 11-0 record has definitely been living in the shadow of the Saints equal result. But by APR's measure, the Colts have played a much tougher schedule, which should be worth something in the playoffs.

  • The Titans have actually managed to stir up some talk of making a playoff run. The bad news is they made that 5-0 run through a very soft part of their schedule. They will likely need at least 4 more wins to qualify for the playoffs, which means they can only have one loss in upcoming games against the Colts, Dolphins, and Chargers.