2013 NFL Schedule: Team-by-Team Strength of Schedule Breakdown

Tim KeeneyContributor IFebruary 11, 2013

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12:  Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos reacts against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos aren't going anywhere.

John Fox's crew may have been eliminated early from the 2012 NFL playoffs after a dominant regular season, but according to NFL.com's strength of schedule for next season, they have the cushiest road back to the promised land. 

All three other AFC West teams join Denver in having one of the five easiest schedules, while the Indianapolis Colts round out the top five. 

Cam Newton, meanwhile, will have the unfortunate task of leading the Carolina Panthers against the most brutal schedule in the league. The Panthers' opponents in 2013 combined for a 138-116-2 record this season. 

While much will change between now and the start of the 2013 regular season, it's still intriguing to evaluate how each team stacks up against other. Here's a look.


Team SOS Opponent Combined 2012 record
Carolina Panthers .543 138-116-2
Detroit Lions .539 138-118-0
New Orleans Saints .539 137-117-2
St. Louis Rams .539 137-117-2
Baltimore Ravens .535 137-117-2
Green Bay Packers .533 136-119-1
Arizona Cardinals .520 131-121-4
Miami Dolphins .520 133-123-0
San Francisco 49ers .520 132-122-2
Minnesota Vikings .516 132-124-0
Seattle Seahawks .516 130-122-4
Cincinnati Bengals .508 130-126-0
Jacksonville Jaguars .508 129-125-2
New England Patriots .508 130-126-0
Atlanta Falcons .504 128-126-0
Chicago Bears .502 128-127-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers .500 127-127-2
Washington Redskins .498 127-128-1
New York Jets .496 127-129-0
Philadelphia Eagles .496 127-129-0
Cleveland Browns .492 126-130-0
Pittsburgh Steelers .492 126-130-0
Tennessee Titans .488 124-130-2
New York Giants .480 123-133-0
Dallas Cowboys .480 121-134-1
Buffalo Bills .473 121-135-0
Houston Texans .473 120-134-2
Kansas City Chiefs .473 121-135-0
Oakland Raiders .469 120-136-0
Indianapolis Colts .461 117-137-2
San Diego Chargers .457 117-139-0
Denver Broncos .430 110-146-0


Other Teams of Note

Baltimore Ravens

A repeat won't be easy for the Baltimore Ravens. The Super Bowl champs not only have to face the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals twice each, but they also have the fifth-most difficult schedule overall. 


Seattle Seahawks

The young 'Hawks, who surged at the end of 2012, are a popular "under-the-radar" Super Bowl pick for next year, but getting to the playoffs won't be an easy task. They are in a dangerous, still-improving NFC West division and have the 11th-toughest schedule in the league.


Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly's first NFL season will be placed under a microscope, and he'll go up against an average schedule. The Eagles' 2013 opponents went a combined 127-129 in 2012. Anything is possible in the NFC East, and Philadelphia has a level playing field to make its case next year.