Patriots Rank 14th in NFL Strength of Schedule

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Taking a look at the Patriots' strength of schedule for 2013 and where it ranks amongst their AFC rivals.

The NFL's strength of schedule statistic usually doesn't mean all that much come the regular season. Teams vary so drastically year to year, that it's hard to really predict whether or not a high strength of schedule means a very tough road and vice versa.

At this time of the year however, when we don't really know how the offseason will shape out, it's a fun statistic to look at. That being said, NFL.com published every team's strength of schedule for 2013, and the Patriots ranked 14th with a SOS of .508:

Team

SOS

Opponent 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

137-119-0

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

.496

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

A couple of things worth noting here:

- The Dolphins, arguably the AFC East's second best team, have a tougher strength of schedule than the Patriots at .520. The Bills and Jets meanwhile, have easier schedules, at .473 and .496 respectively.

- The Texans and Broncos, widely considered to be two of the biggest threats in the AFC, each have notably lower SOS than the Patriots at .473 for the Texans and a league low .430 for the Broncos.

- Finally, the defending Super Bowl and AFC Champion Ravens have a pretty difficult strength of schedule heading into next year, at .535.

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