By conventional measure, weighing an NFL team's strength of schedule is simple and straightforward.
The common approach is to collectively add-up each opponent's win-loss record from the previous season to help determine each opponent's potential win probability for the coming campaign.
Latest Method: NFL Strength Of Schedule
Another variable is to assess each opponent's season win totals for the upcoming season and tally the accumulative amount of wins.
It's my contention this represents a truer methodology. After all, which is more relevant: knowing how an opponent fared in last year's battles, or the expected degree of difficulty awaiting them this year?
Super Season Win Totals
Let's take a look at the opening 2016 NFL season win totals posted by Jay Kornegay of the Super Book in Las Vegas on May 1st.
Teams are ranked from top-to-bottom based on the most projected season win totals to the fewest.
As you can see by this method, San Francisco will take on the most difficult schedule, with Carolina facing the easiest.
It's safe to say that for a 49ers team that won a mere 5 games last season as opposed to a Panthers squad that won 17 games it appears the strength-of-schedule gods were diametrically opposite when it came down to balancing the scales this season!
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