alex asked in SportsFootball (American) · 1 decade ago

who has the toughest nfl 2009 schedule?

i know the panthers have .592 or something

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    First, let's take a look at schedule rotation for '09:

    AFC

    East plays AFCS and NFCS

    North plays AFCW and NFCN

    South plays AFCE and NFCW

    West plays AFCN and NFCE

    NFC

    East plays NFCS and AFCW

    North plays NFCW and AFCN

    South plays NFCE and AFCE

    West plays NFCN and AFCS

    Next, seeing how you're looking at it based on opponents records from last year... let's go ahead and eliminate both western divisions, as they all have at least 6 games against 9-7 or worse squads which would take them right out of contention.

    Next, let's eliminate all the teams from the divisions that play the western divisions, as they would be playing at least 4 games against squads with no better than 9-7 records. So all teams in the AFC South and North and the NFC East and North are eliminated.

    That leaves us with the 8 teams in the AFC East and the NFC South. The NFC South had no teams under .500 last season with the worst team being the 8-8 New Orleans Saints. With this information and the fact that the NFC South's combined record of 40-24 was 2 games better than that of the AFC East's combined record (38-26) we'll say that the NFC South is the tougher of the 2 divisions. Therefore we can eliminate the 4 teams from the AFC East.

    We are now left with the following:

    Carolina Panthers

    Atlanta Falcons

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    New Orleans Saints

    One of these teams will have the hardest schedule in '09. Let's take a look.

    All of them have to play the following teams:

    New York Giants (12-4)

    Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)

    Dallas Cowboys (9-7)

    Washington Redskins (8-8)

    Miami Dolphins (11-5)

    New England Patriots (11-5)

    New York Jets (9-7)

    Buffalo Bills (7-9)

    As well as each divisional foe 2 times:

    Carolina Panthers (12-4)

    Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)

    New Orleans Saints (8-8)

    For the final 2 games, each team plays the teams in the NFC West and the NFC North that finished at the same divisional rank. Because of this rule, the Saints would then play the 0-16 Lions, and the 2-14 Rams. This allows us to eliminate them from the discussion.

    We're left with the following teams and their respective schedules:

    Carolina Panthers:

    Atlanta Falcons (11-5) x2

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7) x2

    New Orleans Saints (8-8) x2

    New York Giants (12-4)

    Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)

    Dallas Cowboys (9-7)

    Washington Redskins (8-8)

    Miami Dolphins (11-5)

    New England Patriots (11-5)

    New York Jets (9-7)

    Buffalo Bills (7-9)

    Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

    Arizona Cardinals (9-7)

    Atlanta Falcons:

    Carolina Panthers (12-4) x2

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7) x2

    New Orleans Saints (8-8) x2

    New York Giants (12-4)

    Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)

    Dallas Cowboys (9-7)

    Washington Redskins (8-8)

    Miami Dolphins (11-5)

    New England Patriots (11-5)

    New York Jets (9-7)

    Buffalo Bills (7-9)

    Chicago Bears (9-7)

    San Francisco 49ers (7-9)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

    Carolina Panthers (12-4) x2

    Atlanta Falcons (11-5) x2

    New Orleans Saints (8-8) x2

    New York Giants (12-4)

    Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)

    Dallas Cowboys (9-7)

    Washington Redskins (8-8)

    Miami Dolphins (11-5)

    New England Patriots (11-5)

    New York Jets (9-7)

    Buffalo Bills (7-9)

    Green Bay Packers (6-10)

    Seattle Seahawks (4-12)

    Let's do the math:

    Carolina's opponents combined record: 151-104-1 (0.590)

    Atlanta's opponents combined record: 150-105-1 (0.586)

    Tampa Bay's opponents combined record: 148-107-1 (0.578)

    Looks like Carolina has the hardest road next year. Seeing as they only play 1 team with a losing record, I'm pretty confident the numbers are correct. I'd also venture to say, you'd be hard pressed to find any team that has a harder schedule than Atlanta with only 2 games against teams with losing records, so they lock up the no.2 spot until further notice.

    Of course this is based solely on last years final records.

    Source(s): See chart on bottom of below web page. http://www.footballinjuries.com/rotation.htm ---the opinion of a 49ers fan---
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  • 1 decade ago

    I haven't looked at the individual schedules but somebody posted the san diego unsportsman chokers schedule and it was brutal. The AFC west was weak but the out of conference schedule was brutal.

    It looks like the Carolina Panthers do have the toughest schedule, but (I believe) the Steelers had the toughest this year.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    THE AFC EAST HAS THE TOUGHEST SCHEDULE. THEY PLAY ALL OF THE NFC SOUTH LIKE THE FALCONS, BUCS, SAINTS, AND THE PANTHERS. SINCE THE DOLPHINS WON THE AFC EAST THEY WILL NOW HAVE TO PLAY ALL OF THE WINNERS FROM ALL OF THE OTHER AFC DIVISIONS LIKE THE CHARGERS THE STEELERS AND THE TITANS. I GUARANTEE THE DOLPHINS ONLY WIN LIKE 6 GAMES THIS YEAR. THE NFC NORTH IS THE EASIEST BECAUSE THEY GET TO PLAY THE LIONS TWICE IN A ROW. THATS A GUARANTEED 2 WINS...LOL

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Redskins

    They play Dallas, NY, and Philadelphia twice each.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Whoever plays the AFC East, NFC east, or AFC South.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Whichever teams have to play the NFC east.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the steelers did not think they would even get past 8-8 or to the super bowl

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The teams that finished in first place in their division will have the toughest as they play other first place teams.

    But we won't know for sure until April, before the draft.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the bears

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  • 1 decade ago

    the LIONS

    lmao

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