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):
|3||St. Louis Rams||.564|
|4||San Diego Chargers||.563|
|5||San Francisco 49ers||.563|
|7||Kansas City Chiefs||.559|
|9||New York Jets||.520|
|10||New England Patriots||.516|
|13||Green Bay Packers||.504|
|19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||.484|
|24||New Orleans Saints||.469|
|27||New York Giants||.465|