Pitt toughest 2008 schedule, NE the easiest

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Apr 20, 2008



The Patriots have a key weapon in their corner as they attempt to overcome the humiliation of their "we just decided not to show up and let immortality slip through our grasp" loss in Super Bowl XLII: they walk into 2008 with what is, by a sizable margin, the easiest schedule in football next season (based upon 2007 records).
 
New England's 2008 opponents won just 99 of 256 games in 2007, an abysmal .387 winning percentage. Conversely, New England's top AFC foes, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, face the toughest schedules.
 
New England's schedule is a whopping 54 games easier than Pittsburgh's 2008 slate, and 53 games easier than Indy's. It's even nine games easier than the team with the next cushiest schedule, San Diego.
 
The defending champs, the Giants, face an average schedule. Their opponents were a combined .520 last year.
 
On average, the AFC East boasts the easiest road to the 2008 playoffs, with inter-divisional games against the AFC West and NFC West, both of which sucked in 2007. The AFC East, with the exception of the Patriots, also sucked. Those three divisions combined for just three teams with winning records last year (New England, San Diego and Seattle). Nobody in the AFC East has a schedule that ranks among the 20 toughest.
 
The AFC North, meanwhile, is up against the toughest road to the 2008 playoffs, with inter-divisional games against the tough AFC South and NFC East. All four AFC North teams face schedules that rank among the six toughest in football next year.
 
2008 STRENGTH of SCHEDULE
 
Team
Wins
Losses
Pct.
1
Pittsburgh
153
103
0.598
2
Indianapolis
152
104
0.594
3
Jacksonville
143
113
0.559
4
Baltimore
141
115
0.551
4
Minnesota
141
115
0.551
6
Cincinnati
140
116
0.547
6
Cleveland
140
116
0.547
6
Houston
140
116
0.547
9
Detroit
139
117
0.543
9
Tennessee
139
117
0.543
11
Chicago
136
120
0.531
11
Green Bay
136
120
0.531
13
Dallas
134
122
0.523
13
Washington
134
122
0.523
15
NY Giants
133
123
0.520
15
Philadelphia
133
123
0.520
17
St. Louis
125
131
0.488
18
San Francisco
124
132
0.484
19
Seattle
122
134
0.477
20
Tampa Bay
120
136
0.469
21
Arizona
119
137
0.465
21
Carolina
119
137
0.465
21
Miami
119
137
0.465
24
Atlanta
118
138
0.461
25
NY Jets
117
139
0.457
26
Kansas City
116
140
0.453
27
Buffalo
115
141
0.449
27
New Orleans
115
141
0.449
29
Denver
114
142
0.445
30
Oakland
112
144
0.438
31
San Diego
108
148
0.422
32
New England
99
157
0.387

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