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06 Sep 2017

ESPN: Ranking NFL's Hardest Schedules, 1-32

New ESPN Insider feature here, ranking all 32 schedules based on average DVOA of projected opponents. There's also some commentary on the hardest and easiest parts of each schedule, and the quirks, like the fact that the NFC South schedule is all packed into the end of the season while the Jets for some reason play most of their AFC East games early on.

These numbers will be slightly different from DVOA forecast that goes up later this afternoon because they were computed before the Ezekiel Elliott suspension changed.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 06 Sep 2017

3 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2017, 11:44am by Cheesehead_Canuck


by Cheesehead_Canuck :: Wed, 09/06/2017 - 2:02pm

Why must the football gods smile upon the villains again?!

by Alternator :: Wed, 09/06/2017 - 7:26pm

I'm not an insider, but given this comment I assume the Patriots schedule ranks much easier than whichever team you're a fan of (guessing the Jets?)

There's a simple reason: the Patriots don't play themselves, the rest of the AFC East plays them twice a year. That's a huge swing.

by Cheesehead_Canuck :: Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:44am

Not a Jets fan. Just hate the Pats.. They ended up with the easiest schedule at the end of last season and now they have it again.