2022 NFL schedule strength for all 32 teams: Cowboys have it easier, Rams face tougher roster

With the release of the NFL schedule this week, now seems like a good time to take a look at how strong each team’s schedule is heading into 2022, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Based on the final 2021 standings, the Los Angeles Rams will enter the upcoming season with the toughest schedule.

It’s been nearly 20 years since the NFL has seen a team win back-to-back Super Bowls, and based on the strength of this year’s schedule, it’s a drought that likely won’t end this season. The Rams have a .567 SOS, which not only gives them the toughest schedule in 2022, but makes them one of only two teams in the NFL, along with the Cardinals, to have a strong schedule above . 540.

The Rams’ approximate schedule includes 10 games against last season’s playoff teams, which is the most in the NFL. The Rams’ road schedule is especially brutal with five of their eight games against teams that made the playoffs last year (49ers, Cardinals, Buccaneers, Packers, Chiefs) and seven of eight against teams that finished 2021 with a winning record. .

The Rams might not be the only Super Bowl LVI team struggling to get back into the game and that’s because the Bengals have struggled as well. Going into 2022, the Bengals have the toughest schedule in the AFC and the third-toughest schedule overall. Of their nine road games, the Bengals will play five against teams that made the playoffs last season (Steelers, Patriots, Titans, Buccaneers and Cowboys).

The Bengals are one of three AFC teams, along with the Chiefs and Raiders, to have a schedule above .520.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the easiest schedule force belongs to the Cowboys and Commanders, who are tied at .462. If you’re looking for a division that can produce some surprise teams next season, then you might want to check out the NFC East. Collectively, the four teams in that division have the four easiest schedules heading into 2022.

The Eagles only play six teams that made the playoffs last season, which is tied for the fewest in the NFL. The Eagles had the easiest schedule strength in 2021 and carried it all the way to a surprise playoff berth. Speaking of 2021, the two teams with the easiest schedules last season (Philadelphia and Dallas) made the playoffs, marking the sixth year in a row that at least one team playing one of the two easiest schedules has made the playoffs. postseason.

The addition of game 17 has added some flavor to the robustness of the schedule measurement and that’s because it means good teams now play tougher schedules. From 2002 through 2020, the schedule was inherently the same for everyone, whether they played a “first place” schedule or a “last place” schedule. Each team played four games against a team that finished in first place, four games against teams that finished in second place, four games against teams that finished in third place, and four games against teams that finished in last place.

With the addition of game 17, a first-place team will now play FIVE first-place teams, meaning you’ll rarely see a division winner with an easy schedule. In fact, four of the five toughest schedules in 2022 will be played by teams with a “first-place” schedule after winning their division last season (Rams, Bengals, Buccaneers, Chiefs).

Of the teams playing a “first place” schedule this year, the Cowboys have it the easiest. The Bills had the “easiest” first-place schedule in 2021 and were able to turn it into an 11-6 record.

As for the teams that are playing a “last place” schedule this year, the Giants got the biggest win as they have the easiest schedule among last place teams. On the other hand, the Seahawks, who also play in last place, have the 11th-toughest schedule in the NFL, meaning this could be a tough year for them.

Another team worth mentioning is the Indianapolis Colts, who have the easiest schedule in the AFC. That factor, combined with a few other things, makes it seem like the Colts have the recipe to be an obscure Super Bowl contender this year: They had a winning record last year, improved at QB and play on the easiest schedule in the conference. . .

One team that could take a step back this year based on SOS is the Cardinals, who have the second-toughest schedule in the NFL.

The one thing about schedule strength is that there is no perfect way to measure schedule difficulty before the season starts. Between injuries, free agency and the draft, rosters change all the time and will continue to change between now and the start of the season in September. That said, the strength of the schedule gives you a good idea of ​​what your favorite team will be facing next season.

Here are the 2022 schedule strength rankings for each team (combined 2021 record from all 17 opponents, combined winning percentage).

one

rams

164-125-0

.567

two

cardinals

157-132-0

.543

3

Bengalis

154-133-2

.536

4

buccaneers

154-134-1

.535

T-5

49ers

154-135-0

.533

T-5

bosses

154-135-0

.533

T-7

raiders

152-136-1

.528

T-7

Saints

152-136-1

.528

9

hawks

151-137-1

.524

10

chargers

150-139-0

.519

eleven

Seahawks

149-139-1

.517

t-12

steelmakers

148-141-0

.512

t-12

panthers

147-140-2

.512

t-12

Bills

147-140-2

.512

fifteen

broncos

147-142-0

.509

sixteen

patriots

143-144-2

.498

t-17

Jets

142-145-2

.495

t-17

browns

142-145-2

.495

19

jeans

141-148-0

.488

twenty

vikings

139-148-2

.484

twenty-one

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

foals

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’re curious about the scheduling formula, here’s how the NFL does it. Under the formula implemented in 2002 (and updated this year), each team plays 17 games as follows:

  • At home and away against their three divisional rivals (six games).
  • The four teams from another division within their conference on a rotating three-year (four-game) cycle.
  • The four teams from one division in the other conference on a rotating four-year (four-game) cycle.
  • Two intra-conference games based on previous year’s standings (two games). These games pit a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two divisions of the same conference that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-, third-, and fourth-place teams in a conference are paired the same way each year.
  • An interconference game based on the previous year’s standings on a rotating four-year cycle (one game). These games pit a first-place team from one division against a first-place team in an opposing conference division that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second, third, and fourth place teams in each division are paired in the same way each year. The home conference for this game will rotate each season.

Finally here it is a link to a list of all the home and away opponents each team will play in 2022. The time and dates of each game will be announced on Thursday.

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