NFL Strength of Schedule Rankings for All 32 Teams

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  • Sean Koerner ranks the strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams below.

Which NFL team has the toughest schedule? Which has the easiest?

I ranked the strength of schedule for all 32 teams — from the most difficult to the easiest — by averaging my initial team ratings of each of their opponents.

I’m also highlighting the number of games I have each team projected to be favored in as well as their easiest and hardest games according to my point spread projections.

Let’s get started with the team with the hardest schedule. (You can skip to the full rankings below.)

1. Houston Texans

  • Games Favored: 9
  • Easiest game: Texans-7 vs. Raiders (Week 8)
  • Hardest game: Texans +6.5 at Saints (Week 1)

T-2. Denver Broncos

  • Games Favored: 5
  • Easiest game(s): Broncos -4.5 vs. Lions (Week 16); vs. Raiders (Week 17)
  • Hardest game: Broncos +9 at Chiefs (Week 15)

T-2. Oakland Raiders

  • Games Favored: 3
  • Easiest game: Raiders -2.5 vs. Lions (Week 9)
  • Hardest game: Raiders +10.5 at Chiefs (Week 13)

4. Tennessee Titans

  • Games Favored: 5
  • Easiest game: Titans -7.5 vs. Bills (Week 5)
  • Hardest game: Titans +5 at Colts (Week 13)

T-5. Atlanta Falcons

  • Games Favored: 8
  • Easiest game: Falcons -6.5 vs. Buccaneers (Week 12)
  • Hardest game: Falcons +6.5 at Saints (Week 10)

T-5. Carolina Panthers

  • Games Favored: 8
  • Easiest game: Panthers -6.5 vs. Redskins (Week 13)
  • Hardest game: Panthers +8.5 at Saints (Week 12)

T-7. Kansas City Chiefs

  • Games Favored: 14
  • Easiest game: Chiefs -10.5 vs. Raiders (Week 13)
  • Hardest game: Chiefs +2 at Patriots (Week 14)

T-7. Chicago Bears

  • Games Favored: 11
  • Easiest game: Bears -11 vs. Giants (Week 12)
  • Hardest game: Bears +4 at Rams (Week 11)

T-7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Games Favored: 2
  • Easiest game: Buccaneers -5.5 vs. Cardinals (Week 10)
  • Hardest game: Buccaneers +10.5 at Saints (Week 5)

T-10. Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Games Favored: 5
  • Easiest game: Jaguars -5.5 vs. Jets (Week 8)
  • Hardest game: Jaguars +5.5 at Colts (Week 11)

T-10. Indianapolis Colts

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Colts -12 vs. Dolphins (Week 10)
  • Hardest game: Colts +5 at Saints (Week 15)

12. New Orleans Saints

  • Games Favored: 14
  • Easiest game: Saints -14 vs. Cardinals (Week 8)
  • Hardest game: Saints +1.5 at Rams (Week 2)

13. Seattle Seahawks

  • Games Favored: 7
  • Easiest game: Seahawks -10 vs. Cardinals (Week 16)
  • Hardest game: Seahawks +6 at Rams (Week 14)

T-14. Minnesota Vikings

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Vikings -9.5 vs. Redskins (Week 8)
  • Hardest game: Vikings +5.5 at Chiefs (Week 9)

T-14. Detroit Lions

  • Games Favored: 3
  • Easiest game: Lions -5 vs. Giants (Week 8)
  • Hardest game(s): Lions+8.5 at Packers (Week 6); at Bears (Week 10)

T-16. Los Angeles Chargers

  • Games Favored: 13
  • Easiest game: Chargers -8.5 vs. Raiders (Week 16)
  • Hardest game: Chargers +4 at chiefs (Week 17)

T-16. Arizona Cardinals

  • Games Favored: 0
  • Easiest game: Cardinals +0.5 vs. Lions (Week 1)
  • Hardest game: Cardinals +13 at Rams (Week 17)

T-18. San Francisco 49ers

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: 49ers -8.5 vs. Cardinals (Week 11)
  • Hardest game: 49ers +8 at Saints (Week 14)

T-18. Green Bay Packers

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Packers -10 vs. Redskins (Week 14)
  • Hardest game: Packers +5 at Chiefs (Week 8)

20. Los Angeles Rams

  • Games Favored: 16
  • Easiest game: Rams -13 vs. Cardinals (Week 17)
  • Hardest game(s): Rams -0.5 at Browns (Week 3); at Seahawks (5); at Falcons (7); at Steelers (10)

T-21. Baltimore Ravens

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Ravens -9 vs. Cardinals (Week 2)
  • Hardest game: Ravens +7.5 at Chiefs (Week 3)

T-21. Cincinnati Bengals

  • Games Favored: 2
  • Easiest game: Bengals -4 vs. Cardinals (Week 5)
  • Hardest game: Bengals +9 vs. Rams (Week 8)

23. Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Steelers -10.5 vs. Dolphins (Week 8)
  • Hardest game: Steelers +6 at Patriots (Week 1)

T-24. Miami Dolphins

  • Games Favored: 0
  • Easiest game: PKs vs. Redskins (Week 6); vs. Bills (11); vs. Bengals (16)
  • Hardest game: Dolphins +13.5 at Patriots (Week 17)

T-24. Dallas Cowboys

  • Games Favored: 11
  • Easiest game: Cowboys -9.5 vs. Dolphins (Week 3)
  • Hardest game: Cowboys +7.5 at Saints (Week 4)

26. Washington Redskins

  • Games Favored: 3
  • Easiest game: Redskins -3 vs. Jets (Week 11)
  • Hardest game: Redskins +10 at Packers (Week 14)

27. New York Giants

  • Games Favored: 4
  • Easiest game: Giants -3.5 vs. Dolphins (Week 15)
  • Hardest game: Giants +12.5 at Patriots (Week 6)

28. Cleveland Browns

  • Games Favored: 10
  • Easiest game: Browns -10.5 vs. Dolphins (Week 12)
  • Hardest game: Browns +5.5 at Patriots (Week 8)

29. Buffalo Bills

  • Games Favored: 4
  • Easiest game: Bills -4.5 vs. Dolphins (Week 7)
  • Hardest game: Bills +11.5 at Patriots (Week 16)

30. Philadelphia Eagles

  • Games Favored: 11
  • Easiest game: Eagles -10 vs. Giants (Week 14)
  • Hardest game: Eagles +3.5 at Packers (Week 4)

31. New York Jets

  • Games Favored: 5
  • Easiest game: Jets -6 vs Dolphins (Week 14)
  • Hardest game: Jets +10 at Patriots (Week 3)

32. New England Patriots

  • Games Favored: 15
  • Easiest game: Patriots -13.5 vs. Dolphins (Week 17)
  • Hardest game: Patriots PK at Eagles (Week 11)

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