A New Take On Weighing NFL Strength Of Schedule
When measuring each NFL team's strength of schedule for the 2014 season, 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 potency.
Another approach is weighing each opponent's season win totals for the upcoming season and tallying the accumulative amount of wins.
It's my contention this represents a truer methodology. After all, which is more relative: knowing how an opponent fared in battle last year or the expected degree of difficulty awaiting them this year?
Super Season Win Totals
For the purpose of this study we refer to the opening 2014 NFL season win totals posted by Jay Kornegay of the Super Book in Las Vegas.
The teams are ranked from top to bottom based on the most projected season win totals to the fewest.
* reflects abscence of true home and away games due to games being played in London. These games were logged as away games for these particular teams.
In conclusion, it appears Arizona is set to square of against the strongest projected foes, and Houston the weakest.
It is also interesting to note that Tennessee's home slate looks to be the softest, with Arizona's the most difficult. On the flip side, Arizona and St. Louis should face the most problematic task away from home, with Houston the easiest.
Arizona and St. Louis team up once again to represent the most difficult division contests, with Indianapolis with the cushiest division slate. On the non-division front Denver faces the largest degree of difficulty, with Cleveland the least demanding.
There you have it, a different slant on breaking down the true strength of schedule for NFL teams this 2014 season.
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