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    #1 Carolina
    #2 Buffalo
    #3 Denver


    Anyone else think this is odd? Why do the 3 worst teams in football last year have the 3 hardest schedules according to the NFL?
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    That's how it will always be... Mainly because teams play each team in their division twice, and chances are if you are in the top 3 of the draft, the division rivals did really well against you, and there's a few other factors that make the S.O.S. a kinda weak argument until after the season is done...
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    • #3
      Well it's a good thing we aren't having football this year..

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kishzilla View Post
        #1 Carolina
        #2 Buffalo
        #3 Denver


        Anyone else think this is odd? Why do the 3 worst teams in football last year have the 3 hardest schedules according to the NFL?
        Because how you did the previous year affects just two of your opponents now.

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        • #5
          That's the beauty of the NFL our schedule does look very tough though.
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          • #6
            The strength of schedule is based on last years W-L records and pretty much all the bad teams will have tough schedules. It's kind of a flawed system because being one of the worst teams (eg 2-14) that takes a team with a strength of 0.125 out of the equation completely and have to play a stronger team in their division twice (eg the Falcons who went 13-3 which has a strength of 0.8125). And the exact opposite goes for the falcons who get to play the Panthers twice.

            In my eyes the strength of schedule is only a very very very very very very very very loose comparison to their actual toughness of their schedule. The only way to really find out how tough their schedule was is after the season is finished
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            • #7
              Plus, a lot of wins and losses come down to a lot more than how good a team really is. TB got 4 wins against the NFC West. KC got a lot of lucky breaks and caught teams at the right time. There were some good teams that lost to lesser teams because of homefield, weather, bad calls, INJURIES, new coaches, fluke special team play, ext. We have a "hard schedule" on paper, but some of the teams we play aren't as good as their record and viseversa. And most of the better teams we play, we get at home...one on a short week. And most of our away games are weaker teams or during times of the year weather shouldn't be a problem. GB and MIA come to mind. Now the Buffalo game is one that weather will be a factor no matter how good/bad either team is to that point in the season. Bottom line, if you want to be the Champs, you have to win no matter the SOS.

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              • #8
                In all honestly, this is probably a good thing for the Broncos. Like it or not we are rebuilding and having a very tough schedule will really show the coaches which players can actually play and which cannot. Plus, if we have another tough season like last year we will more than likely end up with a very high draft position like this previous draft which will allow us to get another year of very good high draft picks.....This could be a blessing in disguise.
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                • #9
                  Look at the Chiefs.

                  They made the playoffs... but were really crappy anyway.

                  So that makes them a tough team on paper..
                  when in reality the team they field in 2012
                  when footbal resumes
                  might not be very tough.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kishzilla View Post
                    #1 Carolina
                    #2 Buffalo
                    #3 Denver


                    Anyone else think this is odd? Why do the 3 worst teams in football last year have the 3 hardest schedules according to the NFL?
                    Maybe these 3 teams are so bad that any schedule is the "hardest"......


                    j/k


                    Or maybe they all requested the league give them a great shot for Luck....


                    j/k twice



                    Okay......I try not to get caught up on previous year's toughness or ease for that matter. Each year is a new year....sure, some teams will be dominant for a few years, and some will be dogs for an extended period, meaning the trend may continue, but outside of a few games, each year is brand new, things change, injuries happen, and one lucky/bad bounce in most games can be the difference.

                    In fact, I believe you become a better team by playing better teams.....so that can be a plus in some regards.

                    It's the old story......review the schedule, and then take it one game at a time.

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                    • #11
                      I agree with the guy who said that its a good thing we play harder teams. Rebuilding means we have to address every flaw we have, and playing good teams on a hard schedule will show is what we are missing and where. And it will also show is our strengths and upsides in any games we do win.
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                      • #12
                        The AFC West has become a good division IMO. It's not the laughing stock of the NFL anymore. The Chargers are a good team with defense and passing game. Chiefs and Raiders too, with defense and running game. The Broncos are the only bad team in the division.

                        We still have to see if the Chiefs will miss Charlie Weis, but they can win the division again and had an interesting draft, adding a dangerous receiver to join Dwayne Bowe and a dangerous 3-4 OLB to join Tamba Hali.

                        I'm glad the Broncos did not get an "easier" schedule because look at what happened last season, with an "easier" schedule. The players need to play some really tough games to learn what it takes to be a good football team.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Roddoliver View Post
                          The AFC West has become a good division IMO. It's not the laughing stock of the NFL anymore. The Chargers are a good team with defense and passing game. Chiefs and Raiders too, with defense and running game. The Broncos are the only bad team in the division.

                          We still have to see if the Chiefs will miss Charlie Weis, but they can win the division again and had an interesting draft, adding a dangerous receiver to join Dwayne Bowe and a dangerous 3-4 OLB to join Tamba Hali.

                          I'm glad the Broncos did not get an "easier" schedule because look at what happened last season, with an "easier" schedule. The players need to play some really tough games to learn what it takes to be a good football team.
                          Our division has potential to be one of the toughest in the league.

                          The Chargers will ALWAYS be contenders as long as Rivers is their QB. He is like the Peyton Manning of his squad. As long as there is time on the clock and a guy who can catch a football, there is no counting them out.

                          The Chiefs are one of the youngest teams (in terms of players) in the league. And they are all very talented and fast. They are truly just a Top QB prospect away from being the top in our division.

                          The Raiders can suck all day long.. but they still swept the division blind. They are physical, young, and as much as we hate to admit it. they are improving. I feel like they too are a top qb prospect away from being top in our division.

                          And then there is us.. And to be honest.. I hope Tebow is up to the task.. this is not going to be an easy division in his generation.

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                          • #14
                            SOS is an overrated stat in the NFL. If you have one of the worst records the prior year you will obviously have a harder schedule the next because you can't play any teams worse than yourself.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Denver Mike View Post
                              Our division has potential to be one of the toughest in the league.

                              The Chargers will ALWAYS be contenders as long as Rivers is their QB. He is like the Peyton Manning of his squad. As long as there is time on the clock and a guy who can catch a football, there is no counting them out.

                              The Chiefs are one of the youngest teams (in terms of players) in the league. And they are all very talented and fast. They are truly just a Top QB prospect away from being the top in our division.

                              The Raiders can suck all day long.. but they still swept the division blind. They are physical, young, and as much as we hate to admit it. they are improving. I feel like they too are a top qb prospect away from being top in our division.

                              And then there is us.. And to be honest.. I hope Tebow is up to the task.. this is not going to be an easy division in his generation.
                              Your last sentnce said it all...Tebow will be up to the task, or he'll die trying.

                              The Chargers still need a clutch coach, The Chiefs will miss Weiss (Haley looked like walking death in draft interviews,) and the Raiders still have Al Davis at the helm (speaking of walking death,Yeow.)

                              On top of that we will make opposing QB's eat turf more than any team in the league this year and for many to come. All things considered we should at least win our home games against division for a change.

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