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NFL Schedule 2012: A Look At Strength Of Schedule

Jan 29, 2012; Honolulu, HI, USA; A midfield shot of the NFL logo prior to the 2012 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 NFL Schedule will be released in the coming weeks, but we already know what teams each NFL franchise is slated to face next season. With that bit of information, you are able to look back at opponents records from last season and determine every teams strength of schedule for 2012.

Here is the strength of schedule as released by ESPN:

Rank Team Combined W-L Record Winning Pct. Games vs. Quality Opp.**
1 N.Y. Giants 140-116 .547 7
2 Denver 139-117 .543 7
3 Cleveland 135-121 .527 7
4 St. Louis 134-122 .523 5
4 Baltimore 134-122 .523 7
6 San Diego 133-123 .520 6
7 Philadelphia 132-124 .516 8
8 Minnesota 131-125 .512 7
8 Arizona 131-125 .512 6
10 Carolina 130-126 .508 5
11 Seattle 129-127 .504 5
11 Dallas 129-127 .504 7
11 New Orleans 129-127 .504 5
14 Jacksonville 128-128 .500 8
14 Cincinnati 128-128 .500 5
14 Pittsburgh 128-128 .500 6
14 Indianapolis 128-128 .500 7
18 Oakland 127-129 .496 5
18 Miami 127-129 .496 6
20 N.Y. Jets 126-130 .492 6
20 Kansas City 126-130 .492 5
20 Chicago 126-130 .492 7
20 Detroit 126-130 .492 6
24 Washington 125-131 .488 7
24 Atlanta 125-131 .488 4
24 San Francisco 125-131 .488 5
27 Tampa Bay 124-132 .484 5
28 Tennessee 123-133 .480 6
29 Houston 121-135 .473 6
29 Buffalo 121-135 .473 5
31 Green Bay 120-136 .469 7
32 New England 116-140 .453 4

Teams with easier schedules are often those that can make surprising playoff runs. The weak strength of schedule benefits the Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs, among others.

It is interesting to note that the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants hold the leagues toughest schedule, while the Super Bowl losers get rewarded with the easiest schedule.

What teams could jump out of nowhere and make a leap towards the playoffs this season and which teams could suffer a setback because of their strong schedule? Sound off in the comments section.

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Topics: NFL, NFL News, Nfl Schedule, Strength Of Schedule

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