2022 NFL strength of schedule for all 32 teams: Cowboys have it easiest, Rams facing toughest slate

With the NFL schedule being launched today, now looks like a great time to have a look at the strength of schedule for each group heading into 2022, so that’s precisely what we’re going to do.

Based on the last standings from 2021, the Los Angeles Rams will be entering into the upcoming season with hardest strength of schedule. 

It’s been almost twenty years given that the NFL has actually seen a group win back-to-back Super Bowls and based upon this year’s strength of schedule, that’s a dry spell that most likely isn’t going to end this season. The Rams have an SOS of .567, which not just provides the most tough schedule in 2022, however it makes them among just 2 groups in the NFL — in addition to the Cardinals — that will have a strength of schedule above .540. 

The Rams’ rough schedule consists of 10 video games versus playoff groups from last season, which is one of the most in the NFL. The Rams roadway schedule is particularly ruthless with 5 of their 8 video games versus groups that made the playoffs in 2015 (49ers, Cardinals, Buccaneers, Packers, Chiefs) and 7 of the 8 versus groups that completed 2021 with a winning record. 

The Rams may not be the only group from Super Bowl LVI that has a difficult time returning to the video game which’s due to the fact that the Bengals have actually likewise been dealt a tough hand. Going into 2022, the Bengals have the most tough schedule in the AFC and the third-most tough schedule in general. Out of their 9 roadway video games, the Bengals will play 5 of them versus groups that went to the playoffs last season (Steelers, Patriots, Titans, Buccaneers and Cowboys). 

The Bengals are among simply 3 AFC groups — in addition to the Chiefs and Raiders — who have a strength of schedule above .520. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the simplest strength of schedule comes from the Cowboys and Commanders, who are connected at .462. if you’re searching for a department that might produce a couple of surprise groups next season, then you may wish to take a look at the NFC East. Collectively, the 4 groups because department have the 4 simplest schedules heading into 2022. 

The Eagles just play 6 groups that made the playoffs last season, which is connected for the least in the NFL. The Eagles had the simplest strength of schedule in 2021 and they rode that all the method to a surprise playoff berth. Speaking of 2021, the 2 groups with the simplest strength of schedule last season (Philly and Dallas) both made the playoffs, marking the 6th straight year that a minimum of one group playing among the 2 simplest schedules made the postseason. 

The addition of the 17th video game has actually included some spice to the strength of schedule measurement which’s due to the fact that it implies that great groups are now playing harder schedules. From 2002 to 2020, the schedule was naturally the exact same for everybody, whether they were playing a “first-place” schedule or a “last-place” schedule. Each group played 4 video games versus a group that completed in top place, 4 video games versus groups that completed in 2nd, 4 video games versus groups that completed in 3rd and 4 video games versus groups that completed in last location. 

With the addition of the 17th video game, a first-place group will now play 5 top place groups, which implies you’re hardly ever visiting a department winner with a simple schedule. As a matter of truth, 4 of the 5 most tough schedules in 2022 will be played by groups with a “first place” schedule after winning their department last season (Rams, Bengals, Buccaneers, Chiefs).  

Of the groups playing a “first-place” schedule this year, the Cowboys have it the simplest. The Bills had the “easiest” first-place schedule in 2021 and they had the ability to turn that into an 11-6 record. 

As for groups who are playing a “last-place” schedule this year, the Giants scored the greatest win as they have the simplest schedule amongst last location groups. On the other hand, the Seahawks, who are likewise playing a last-place schedule, have the 11th most tough schedule in the NFL, which implies this might be a rough year for them. 

One other group worth keeping in mind is the Indianapolis Colts, who have the simplest strength of schedule in the AFC. That one element integrated with a couple of other things makes it seem like the Colts have the dish to be a dark horse Super Bowl competitor this year: They had a winning record in 2015, they updated at QB and they play the simplest schedule in the conference. 

One group that might take an action back this year based upon SOS is the Cardinals, who have the second-toughest schedule in the NFL. 

The something about strength of schedule is that there’s no ideal method to determine schedule trouble prior to the season starts. Between injuries, complimentary firm and the draft, lineups are altering all the time and they will continue to alter in between now and the start of the season in September. That being stated, strength of schedule does provide you an excellent concept of what your preferred group will be dealing with in the upcoming season. 

Here are the 2022 strength of schedule rankings for each group (combined 2021 record of all 17 challengers, integrated winning portion).   

1

Rams

164-125-0

.567

2

Cardinals

157-132-0

.543

3

Bengals

154-133-2

.536

4

Buccaneers

154-134-1

.535

T-5

49ers

154-135-0

.533

T-5

Chiefs

154-135-0

.533

T-7

Raiders

152-136-1

.528

T-7

Saints

152-136-1

.528

9

Falcons

151-137-1

.524

10

Chargers

150-139-0

.519

11

Seahawks

149-139-1

.517

T-12

Steelers

148-141-0 

.512

T-12

Panthers

147-140-2  

.512

T-12

Bills

147-140-2

.512

15

Broncos

147-142-0

.509

16

Patriots

143-144-2

.498

T-17

Jets

142-145-2

.495

T-17

Browns

142-145-2

.495

19

Texans

141-148-0

.488

20

Vikings

139-148-2

.484

21

Dolphins

138-149-2

.481

22

Packers

137-150-2

.478

23

Ravens

136-151-2

.474

T-24

Bears

135-152-2

.471

T-24

Titans

136-153-0

.471

T-26

Jaguars

135-153-1

.469

T-26

Colts

135-153-1

.469

28

Lions

135-154-0

.467

29

Giants

134-154-1

.465

30

Eagles

133-154-2

.464

T-31   

Commanders

133-155-1

.462

T-31

Cowboys

133-155-1

.462

If you wonder about the scheduling formula, here’s how the NFL does it. Under the formula executed in 2002 (and upgraded this year), every group plays 17 video games as follows:

  • Home and away versus its 3 department challengers (6 video games).
  • The 4 groups from another department within its conference on a turning three-year cycle (4 video games).
  • The 4 groups from a department in the other conference on a turning 4-year cycle (four video games).
  • Two intra-conference video games based upon the previous year’s standings (2 video games). These video games match a first-place group versus the first-place groups in the 2 same-conference departments that the group is not set up to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place groups in a conference are matched in the exact same method each year.
  • One interconference video game based upon the previous year’s standings on a turning four-year cycle (one video game). These video games match a first-place group from one department versus a first-place group in an opposite conference department that the group is not set up to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place groups in each department are matched in the exact same method each year. The house conference for this video game will turn each season.

Finally, here’s a link to a list of every house and away challenger that each group will play in 2022. The time and dates of each video game will be launched on Thursday.



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