Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gestures at the line in the second half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Have 10th Toughest 2014 Schedule


January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN released the 2014 NFL strength of schedules yesterday, and the New England Patriots checked in at 10th in the league.

Opponents winning percentage comes out to .516, which ranks just above the Atlanta Falcons, and just below the hated New York Jets. There are a few games that stick out to me when discussing next year’s schedule, with Brady vs. Peyton once again at the top of the list. Manning will have to come to Foxboro once again, and after the butt whooping they gave the Pats in the AFC Championship, I think Brady and company will be looking for some revenge. New England will also have to travel to Green Bay, which not only is a tough venue to play in, but they boast Aaron Rodgers, one of, if not the best quarterback in the NFL. The Pats will head out to Kansas City as well, in what could be a tough matchup, as the Chiefs were the best team in the league at one point in the 2013 season.

Here are the full strength of schedule rankings (from ESPN):

1 Oakland Raiders .578
2 Denver Broncos .570
3 St. Louis Rams .564
4 San Diego Chargers .563
5 San Francisco 49ers .563
6 Seattle Seahawks .561
7 Kansas City Chiefs .559
8 Arizona Cardinals .547
9 New York Jets .520
10 New England Patriots .516
11 Atlanta Falcons .512
12 Miami Dolphins .508
13 Green Bay Packers .504
14 Buffalo Bills .500
15 Chicago Bears .496
16 Detroit Lions .492
17 Washington Redskins .490
18 Dallas Cowboys .488
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers .484
20 Philadelphia Eagles .479
21 Minnesota Vikings .477
22 Carolina Panthers .473
23 Cincinnati Bengals .469
24 New Orleans Saints .469
25 Pittsburgh Steelers .469
26 Cleveland Browns .465
27 New York Giants .465
28 Baltimore Ravens .461
29 Jacksonville Jaguars .453
30 Houston Texans .441
31 Tennessee Titans .438
32 Indianapolis Colts .430

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