NFL Strength of Schedule Rankings For 2020

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  • Sean Koerner reveals his 2020 NFL strength of schedule rankings, featuring all 32 teams in order of hardest to easiest schedule.
  • According to Koerner's NFL power ratings, the Atlanta Falcons have the most difficult schedule for the 2020 NFL season.
  • The Indianapolis Colts, by contrast, have the least difficult schedule in terms of the collective strength of their opponents.

In honor of the NFL schedule release on Thursday night, I’ve ranked the strength of schedule for all 32 teams — from the most to the least difficult — by averaging my initial power ratings of each of their opponents.

You’ll also find the number of games I have each team projected to be favored in as well as their easiest and hardest matchups according to my projected point spreads.

Now let’s get started with the team with the toughest schedule.

NFL Strength of Schedule

1. Atlanta Falcons

  • Games Favored: 7
  • Easiest game: Falcons -6.5 vs. Panthers
  • Hardest game: Falcons +10.1 at Chiefs

2. Las Vegas Raiders

  • Games Favored: 5
  • Easiest game: Raiders -5.6 vs. Dolphins
  • Hardest game: Raiders +10 at Chiefs

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3. Carolina Panthers

  • Games Favored: 1
  • Easiest game: Panthers -0.9 vs. Lions
  • Hardest game: Panthers +13.6 at Chiefs

4. New York Giants

  • Games Favored: 2
  • Easiest game: Giants -4 vs. Redskins
  • Hardest game: Giants +11.6 at Ravens

5. New York Jets

  • Games Favored: 3
  • Easiest game: Jets -3.5 vs. Dolphins
  • Hardest game: Jets +12.1 at Chiefs

6. Los Angeles Rams

  • Games Favored: 9
  • Easiest game: Rams -6.5 vs. Giants
  • Hardest game: Rams +6.9 at 49ers

7. New Orleans Saints

  • Games Favored: 14
  • Easiest game: Saints -11.8 vs. Panthers
  • Hardest games: Saints +0.7 at Buccaneers; Saints +0.7 at Eagles

8. Buffalo Bills

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Bills -8.1 vs. Dolphins
  • Hardest game: Bills +5.6 at 49ers

9. New England Patriots

  • Games Favored: 9
  • Easiest game: Patriots -8 vs. Dolphins
  • Hardest game: Patriots +7.6 at Chiefs

10. Denver Broncos

  • Games Favored: 7
  • Easiest game: Broncos -6.3  vs. Dolphins
  • Hardest game: Broncos +9.3 at Chiefs

11. Seattle Seahawks

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Seahawks -6.2 vs. Cardinals
  • Hardest game: Seahawks +5.5 at 49ers

12. Washington Redskins

  • Games Favored: 2
  • Easiest game: Redskins -1.3 vs. Panthers
  • Hardest game: Redskins +12.4 at 49ers

13. San Francisco 49ers

  • Games Favored: 14
  • Easiest game: 49ers -12.4 vs. Redskins
  • Hardest game: 49ers +2.1 at Saints

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Games Favored: 14
  • Easiest game: Buccaneers -9.5 vs. Panthers
  • Hardest game: Buccaneers +4.8 at Saints

15. Dallas Cowboys

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Cowboys -10.4 vs. Redskins
  • Hardest game: Cowboys +5.7 at Ravens

16. Arizona Cardinals

  • Games Favored: 4
  • Easiest game: Cardinals -5.7 vs. Redskins
  • Hardest game: Cardinals +9.2 at 49ers

17. Philadelphia Eagles

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Eagles -10.2 vs. Redskins
  • Hardest game: Eagles +4.7 at 49ers

18. Kansas City Chiefs

  • Games Favored: 14
  • Easiest game: Chiefs -13.6 vs. Panthers
  • Hardest game: Chiefs +1.8 at Ravens
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19. Green Bay Packers

  • Games Favored: 9
  • Easiest game: Packers -10.6 vs. Jaguars
  • Hardest game: Packers +6.4 at Saints

20. Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Games Favored: 0
  • Easiest game: Jaguars +0.2 vs. Dolphins
  • Hardest game: Jaguars +15.6 at Ravens

21. Miami Dolphins

  • Games Favored: 3
  • Easiest game: Dolphins -2.9 vs. Bengals
  • Hardest game: Dolphins +11.2 at 49ers

22. Los Angeles Chargers

  • Games Favored: 9
  • Easiest game: Chargers -9.2 vs. Jaguars
  • Hardest game: Chargers +9.6 at Chiefs

23. Houston Texans

  • Games Favored: 6
  • Easiest game: Texans -8.2 vs. Jaguars
  • Hardest game: Texans +10.6 at Chiefs

24. Baltimore Ravens

  • Games Favored: 16
  • Easiest game: Ravens -15.6 vs. Jaguars
  • Hardest game: Ravens -0.9 at Eagles
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25. Minnesota Vikings

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Vikings -11.1 vs. Jaguars
  • Hardest game: Vikings +5.9 at Saints

26. Cincinnati Bengals

  • Games Favored: 2
  • Easiest game: Bengals -5.3 vs. Jaguars
  • Hardest game: Bengals +12.8 at Ravens

27. Chicago Bears

  • Games Favored: 8
  • Easiest game: Bears -4.9 vs. Giants
  • Hardest game: Bears +4.2 at Vikings

28. Detroit Lions

  • Games Favored: 4
  • Easiest game: Lions -5.3 vs. Redskins
  • Hardest game: Lions +6.8 at Vikings

29. Tennessee Titans

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Titans -10 vs. Jaguars
  • Hardest game: Titans +8.1 at Ravens

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Steelers -9.1 vs. Redskins
  • Hardest game: Steelers +7 at Ravens

31. Cleveland Browns

  • Games Favored: 11
  • Easiest game: Browns -8 vs. Redskins
  • Hardest game: Browns +5.4 at Cowboys

32. Indianapolis Colts

  • Games Favored: 9
  • Easiest game: Colts -10.7 vs. Jaguars
  • Hardest game: Colts +3.4 at Steelers
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