Team-by-team Strength of Schedule for 2014

USA TODAY Sports

With the 2013 season in the rear-view mirror, and each NFL team's 2014 opponents set in stone, we bring you the strengths of schedule of each team heading into the 2014 season.

The Oakland Raiders have the toughest road to the Super Bowl in 2014, based on the strength of their schedule, which is calculated from how well all of their 2014 opponents performed during the 2013 regular season. After going 4-12 against teams with a combined record of 134-122 in 2013, the Raiders will play teams in 2014 with a combined record of 148-108 this past season. Their .578 SoS indicates that Oakland's 2014 opponents won 57.8% of their games in 2013.

The New Orleans Saints were the only team in the NFL to make the postseason after facing opponents which combined for a winning record, making the 2013 playoffs against teams with a combined record of 132-124. In 2014, they look forward to an easier schedule versus teams which combined for a record of 119-135-2 last year. Only five of their 2014 games are against teams with winning 2013 records: Panthers (12-4) twice, 49ers (12-4), Bengals (11-5), and Packers (8-7-1).

We'll soon give a more in-depth review of the 2014 strengths of schedule, and how teams might fare compared to their 2013 performances. But for now, we bring you the strengths of schedule for each NFL team.

To see where each team ranks in a given category, click column headers to sort.

2014 Strengths of Schedule

Team OPP
W/L
Strength of
Schedule
Games vs Winning
Opponents
Point
Differential
Oakland Raiders 148-108-0 .578 10 811
Denver Broncos 146-110-0 .570 10 565
St. Louis Rams 144-111-1 .565 10 643
San Francisco 49ers 144-112-0 .563 9 610
San Diego Chargers 144-112-0 .563 8 469
Seattle Seahawks 143-112-1 .561 10 543
Kansas City Chiefs 143-113-0 .559 8 539
Arizona Cardinals 140-116-0 .547 8 620
New York Jets 132-122-2 .520 6 203
New England Patriots 131-123-2 .516 6 -13
Atlanta Falcons 130-124-2 .512 7 124
Miami Dolphins 129-125-2 .508 6 -179
Green Bay Packers 128-126-2 .504 5 26
Buffalo Bills 127-127-2 .500 6 -133
Chicago Bears 125-127-4 .496 6 -35
Detroit Lions 124-128-4 .492 6 -314
Washington Redskins 125-130-1 .490 6 -193
Dallas Cowboys 125-131-0 .488 7 -228
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 123-131-2 .484 6 20
Philadelphia Eagles 122-133-1 .478 6 -297
Minnesota Vikings 121-133-2 .476 5 -224
Carolina Panthers 120-134-2 .472 6 -26
Cincinnati Bengals 120-136-0 .469 5 -203
Pittsburgh Steelers 120-136-0 .469 6 -256
New Orleans Saints 119-135-2 .469 5 -101
New York Giants 119-137-0 .465 6 -184
Cleveland Browns 119-137-0 .465 5 -250
Baltimore Ravens 117-139-0 .457 5 -252
Jacksonville Jaguars 116-140-0 .453 5 -364
Houston Texans 113-143-0 .441 4 -674
Tennessee Titans 112-144-0 .438 5 -732
Indianapolis Colts 110-146-0 .430 4 -595

2014 New Orleans Saints Schedule

In 2014, the New Orleans Saints will play each of their three NFC South opponents twice: once at home, and once on the road. Each NFC South team will play one game against each team in the NFC North and AFC North; two teams from each of those divisions will be played at home. Finally, the Saints will play the second-place teams from the NFC West (49ers) and NFC East (Cowboys).


NFC South NFC North AFC North NFC 2nd Place
Home Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers Packers, Vikings Ravens, Bengals 49ers
Away Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers Bears, Lions Browns, Steelers Cowboys

With the 2013 season behind us, what are your thoughts on 2014's schedule?
Will the NFL schedule the Saints in Atlanta on a short week after the 49ers game yet again?
Will the Saints be traveling north to outdoor stadiums in November and December?

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