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Strength of Schedule: Important or Overstated?

Posted by Ricky Henne on February 7, 2013 – 5:42 PM

The NFL posted an article on their website earlier this afternoon ranking the strength of schedule for the 2013 season.helmet

So where do the Chargers land?

Well according to the story, San Diego has the second easiest strength of schedule for the 2013 season. This is based on the 2012 records of the teams they will face next season as the Bolts’ foes totaled a 110-146 record for a .457 winning percentage.

But before you start thinking the 2013 season will be a piece of cake, let’s put this whole “strength of schedule” notion into perspective. Pro Football Talk posted a great argument this afternoon refuting its impact.  Here is what it had to say:

Strength of schedule can be a remarkably overstated thing, for several reasons.

One, teams in the same division are generally clumped together, since the league’s scheduling rotation means each team plays 14 of the same opponents, with the final two based on divisional standings (ones play ones, fours play fours).

Secondly, it all goes out the window once the season starts, and someone turns out to be much better than anyone anticipated.

PFT’s assertion seems to be right on the money as the four teams in the AFC West comprise four of the five so-called “easiest schedules” in the league.

So what do you think?  Let us know how much stock you put into the strength of schedule in the comments below.


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17 Responses to “Strength of Schedule: Important or Overstated?”

  1. By dudddddde on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think it matters. The games need to be played.

  2. By james on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    these guys lost 6-7 against the cleveland browns that should tell u all need to know about strength of schedule

  3. By R. Milan on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    Too many factors involved to say one team’s schedule is easier than the other. Maybe it’s just as simple as..One team is better than the other…”On any given Sunday”

  4. By SMittZ on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    This is Bull….Have you seen our home schedule? and we dont have easy away games either.

  5. By frank on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    I hope the players don’t think of whom their opponents are. Just go and play every game as you should. Go Chargers…

  6. By Yvonne on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    I think you have to wait and see. No one knows what changes will be made on the teams, and the effect of those changes. It’s all speculation pure and simple.

  7. By lyman on Feb 8, 2013 | Reply

    injuries the last couple of years and the o line killed the chargers

  8. By Don on Feb 10, 2013 | Reply

    Jimmy Johnson says the most important thing for any team
    that he coaches is conditioning. His teams played stronger
    in fourth quarter because they were in better shape than
    their opponents. I can only hope we see a SD team in top
    condition resulting in fewer injuries and wins in close games.

  9. By Eric on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    Schedules are one thing. How the team is prepared is entirely different. There is a new atmosphere around the Chargers and only time will tell how quickly it turns into results. All I can say is I’m excited to see how the team gels and if how effectively the missing pieces get filled in. I’m kinda glad to see most forecasters overlook the Chargers, but it’s all new in San Diego and all bets are off. So ‘easy’ schedule or not, I’m looking for the Bolts to be make the playoffs next season.

  10. By Robert on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    Schedules are relative. The team has two positions that it has to change, and quickly…! First, you have a QB in Phillip Rivers that throws too many picks and also fumbles a lot the ball. He usually panics in the pocket when the OL collapses. His skills are gone, period. The ownership, coaching staff and general manager need to seek a new QB (Joe Flacco or Alex Smith) in order to think Playoffs. Another problem is (RB) Ryan Mathews´s lack of production in yardage. As long as we keep these two players, who´s respective talents are gone, say goodbye to a post-season game, easy schedule or not.

  11. By marsel on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    I think it was about time we got an easy schedule

  12. By bilbo baggins on Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

    who cares about who you play u have to beat the best to BE the best

  13. By Seymour Bush on Feb 12, 2013 | Reply

    looking at the schedule, 5-11 sounds about right. no playoffs for at least 4 straight seasons.

  14. By charles defay on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    almost every comment here is so negative…Chargers are on the rise…
    bury the past and enjoy the new ride…team is in good hands, lots of great leadership and players…Philip Rivers will soar again with more support…everyone, watch your thoughts….as long as you repeat your negative thoughts the results will be the same…Winning the division and back in the playoffs and further…no questions about it.

  15. By michael schwartz on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    you’ve gotta pay ypur dues to get to the top!

  16. By Darin on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    It doesn’t matter aill. Teams get better, so I don’t think it’s a accurate stat. Plus stats are for losers anyways.

  17. By Real Fan on Feb 18, 2013 | Reply

    Not so many negative post. But ol’ seymour bush is a joke, I have an idea, how ,bout you move to another team. your the type of person that when the Boltz WIN the show will be the first one to say ” I was there for it all, I never had a doubt ” And I will never have a doubt your a douche.

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