NFL Strength of Schedule Week 8

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Welcome to the Week 8 NFL Strength of Schedule rankings. The New England Patriots are still holding down the fort and it’s not even close. They are in last place by multiple points. That is reflected in our Week 8 NFL Power Rankings. Many do not take the strength of a team’s schedule into account. We do here at Champion Insiders.

These rankings are based on the strength of all 32 NFL team’s schedules of all completed games this season. The highest-ranking means the toughest schedule in the NFL so far.

How is the NFL schedule made?

The NFL has worked hard to create as fair a schedule as possible. While this is impossible to accomplish they have some practices in place that keep some consistency in scheduling. The schedules are made two years in advance.

  • Six games against divisional opponents — two games per team, one at home and one on the road.
  • Four games against teams from a division within its conference — two games at home and two on the road.
  • Four games against teams from a division in the other conference— two games at home and two on the road.
  • Two games against teams from the two remaining divisions in its own conference — one game at home and one on the road. Matchups are based on division ranking from the previous season.

NFL Strength of Schedule Rankings

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  2. Oakland Raiders
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. New Orleans Saints
  5. Houston Texans
  6. Los Angeles Rams
  7. New York Jets
  8. Detroit Lions
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars
  10. Cleveland Browns
  11. Atlanta Falcons
  12. Denver Broncos
  13. Cincinnati Bengals
  14. Kansas City Chiefs
  15. Indianapolis Colts
  16. Carolina Panthers
  17. Seattle Seahawks
  18. Green Bay Packers
  19. Tennessee Titans
  20. Minnesota Vikings
  21. Chicago Bears
  22. San Fransisco 49ers
  23. Philadelphia Eagles
  24. New York Giants
  25. Washington Redskins
  26. Miami Dolphins
  27. Baltimore Ravens
  28. Los Angeles Chargers
  29. Arizona Cardinals
  30. Buffalo Bills
  31. Dallas Cowboys
  32. New England Patriots

Here is a tweet so you can share this information with your friends. This info is valid until the Thursday night game of the Vikings against the Redskins. That game won’t change much other than maybe knock Minnesota down one spot and Washington up a few.

*SOS is the combined record of all teams in a schedule

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