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  • Strength Of Schedule 2021 Broncos Tied For 9th Easiest (For What It's Worth)

    Let me say this first.....I for one do not put a lot of eggs in the "strength of schedule" basket. Lets just say I find it interesting. But as we all know, each year is distinctly different. What appears to be a hard or easy schedule, can be quickly irrelevant. There are various reasons not to buy into it, at least not wholeheartedly:

    - Offseason acquisitions can significantly change a team
    - Changes in the management/coaching of a team can be very impactful
    - Injuries vary from year to year
    - Players progress and sometimes regress
    - Many games end within a TD, so a few bounces/decisions/penalties/etc. can either make you more of a winner or a loser
    - many more variables

    But for the fun of it, here's the SoS for 2021:

    Strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams: Which teams have the hardest, easiest schedule for 2021? (msn.com)

    In a nutshell, here's how the 32 teams are ranked, using this simple methodology (Hardest to Easiest):
    1 Pittsburgh Steelers .563 (143-111-2)
    2 Baltimore Ravens .559 (142-112-2)
    3 Chicago Bears .553 (141-114-1)
    4 Detroit Lions .543 (138-116-2)
    5 Cincinnati Bengals .539 (138-118)
    6 Minnesota Vikings .537 (137-118-1)
    7 Las Vegas Raiders .527 (134-120-2)
    8 Green Bay Packers .531 (133-122-1)
    9 Cleveland Browns .520 (132-122-2)
    10 Houston Texans .516 (132-124)
    11 Jacksonville Jaguars .506 (129-126-1)
    12 Los Angeles Rams .504 (129-127)
    T13 San Francisco 49ers .502 (128-127-1)
    T13 New York Jets .502 (128-127-1)
    T15 Los Angeles Chargers .496 (126-128-2)
    T15 Arizona Cardinals .496 (126-128-2)
    T15 Seattle Seahawks .496 (126-128-2)
    T15 New England Patriots .496 (126-128-2)
    T19 Tennessee Titans .492 (126-130)
    T19 Kansas City Chiefs .492 (126-130)
    21 Carolina Panthers .486 (124-131-1)
    22 Washington Football Team .484 (123-131-2)
    T23 Buffalo Bills .480 (123-133)
    T23 Denver Broncos .480 (123-133)
    25 Atlanta Falcons .479 (122-133-1)
    26 Miami Dolphins .477 (122-134)
    27 New Orleans Saints .471 (120-135-1)
    T28 New York Giants .465 (118-136-2)
    T28 Indianapolis Colts .465 (119-137)
    30 Dallas Cowboys .453 (115-139-2)
    31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers .451 (115-140-1)
    32 Philadelphia Eagles .449 (115-141)
    So, if this has any real merit, we are tied for 9th when it comes to easiest schedule. Haha....looks like Tommy knows where to go when he chooses a team!

    Anyway....thought it might be a good read, for what it's worth.
    Last edited by CanDB; 05-11-2021, 12:22 PM.

  • #2
    Once they acquire Rodgers, it will be the easiest

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    • #3
      This is the #1 reason why I see is getting in the playoffs this year.
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      • #4
        It's pretty much because we have the NFC East (or "Least") with extra games vs Jets, Jags and Lions. But it's based on last year and every season some previously crappy teams turn it around so who knows how hard our schedule will actually be. The Broncos are due to turn it around too (and certainly will if Rodgers joins the team), and that will also change how this looks.

        Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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        • #5
          Originally posted by L.M. View Post
          It's pretty much because we have the NFC East (or "Least") with extra games vs Jets, Jags and Lions. But it's based on last year and every season some previously crappy teams turn it around so who knows how hard our schedule will actually be. The Broncos are due to turn it around too (and certainly will if Rodgers joins the team), and that will also change how this looks.
          If we sign Rodgers, The Broncos instantly become everyone's worst nightmare!!!

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          • #6
            No excuses this year.....If Broncos don't win 10 or more games it's all on Drew Lock.....Roster looks great from top to bottom.

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            • #7
              Still trying to understand how the SB winning Bucs have the second easiest???

              Broncos may have the SOS in their favor but they still need to prove it on the field. I tend to think if health and chemistry can both improve they have a competitive shot at a playoff spot.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BroncoBreeder View Post
                No excuses this year.....If Broncos don't win 10 or more games it's all on Drew Lock.....Roster looks great from top to bottom.
                Or if Fangio doesn't learn how to manage the clock and time outs.....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by FR Tim View Post
                  Still trying to understand how the SB winning Bucs have the second easiest???

                  Broncos may have the SOS in their favor but they still need to prove it on the field. I tend to think if health and chemistry can both improve they have a competitive shot at a playoff spot.
                  But there's the cyclical parts of the process, which do not coincide with team performance:
                  • Teams play four other teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle, which accounts for four more games.
                  • Every team also plays four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle, which accounts for another four games. Simply put, every team will play each other every four years.
                  Of course there's the usual inter division games, but the 17th game works like this:

                  An extra game against a nonconference opponent each year based on standings from the previous season.

                  So the key factor each year that goes against the grain are the bullet items, which are cyclical.

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                  • #10
                    Not worth anything - maybe $.02, especially considering 2020 season was unique due to the pandemic protocol and this SOS is based on last season's records. Even in most years in the NFL there isn't much to a so-called "easy schedule" too many teams will change from one season to the next ... my $.02
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                    • #11
                      The TB Bucs have the second EASIEST schedule? Apparently repeat SB champs pretty much guaranteed by the NFL. Bummer!
                      Utah Bronco Freak

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