2011 NFL Strength Of Schedule Shows Tough Road For Jets, Colts

Now that the 2011 NFL schedule has been released it's a good time to look back at strength of schedule. We knew each team's 2011 opponents the day the 2010 season ended so strength of schedule has been known for some time but with the actual schedule out now it's relevant again.

Ironically enough, the Carolina Panthers, who hold the top pick in the 2011 NFL draft, have the hardest schedule heading into 2011. That's likely because they'll play six games against the Falcons, Saints and Bucs. Atlanta had 13 wins last year, New Orleans had 11 wins and the Bucs had 10 wins. That's a heck of a division.

The Jets and Colts are third and fourth among those with the toughest schedules so if they make the playoffs, they'll have earned it. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the Ravens have the second easiest schedule behind the Cardinals if the 2010 season is our comparison. That bodes well for them returning to the playoffs once again.

Here's a full look at the 2011 strength of schedule for every team: 

Team Combined win-loss record Percentage
1. Carolina Panthers 142-114-0 .555
2. Buffalo Bills 137-119-0 .535
3t. New York Jets* 133-123-0 .520
3t. Indianapolis Colts* 133-123-0 .520
3t. Jacksonville Jaguars 133-123-0 .520
3t. Kansas City Chiefs* 133-123-0 .520
3t. San Diego Chargers 133-133-0 .520
3t. Denver Broncos 133-123-0 .520
3t. Detroit Lions 133-123-0 .520
10t. Miami Dolphins 132-124-0 .516
10t. Houston Texans 132-124-0 .516
10t. Minnesota Vikings 132-124-0 .516
13t. Green Bay Packers* 130-126-0 .508
13t. New Orleans Saints* 130-126-0 .508
15t. New England Patriots* 129-127-0 .504
15t. Philadelphia Eagles* 129-127-0 .504
15t. Dallas Cowboys 129-127-0 .504
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 127-129-0 .496
19t. Cleveland Browns 126-130-0 .492
19t. Oakland Raiders 126-130-0 .492
19t. New York Giants 126-130-0 .492
19t. Atlanta Falcons* 126-130-0 .492
23t. Tennessee Titans 125-131-0 .488
23t. Chicago Bears* 125-131-0 .488
23t. Seattle Seahawks* 125-131-0 .488
26. St. Louis Rams 122-134-0 .477
27t. Pittsburgh Steelers* 121-135-0 .473
27t. Cincinnati Bengals 121-135-0 .473
27t. Washington Redskins 121-135-0 .473
30. San Francisco 49ers 119-137-0 .465
31. Baltimore Ravens* 117-139-0 .457
32. Arizona Cardinals 113-143-0 .441
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