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Does pre-season strength of schedule matter?

NFL.com posted an article yesterday looking at the strength of schedule for each team in 2013. We have known each team’s opponents since the end of the regular season, and while the full schedule won’t come out until April, it’s simple to calculate a team’s strength of schedule for 2013. Usually, the media reports this by looking at the win-loss record of each opponent from the prior season. Here are the projected SOSs for each team next season:

Team
SOS
Opponent record
Carolina Panthers0.543138-116-2
Detroit Lions0.539138-118-0
New Orleans Saints0.539137-117-2
St. Louis Rams0.539137-117-2
Baltimore Ravens0.535137-119-0
Green Bay Packers0.533136-119-1
Arizona Cardinals0.52131-121-4
Miami Dolphins0.52133-123-0
San Francisco 49ers0.52132-122-2
Minnesota Vikings0.516132-124-0
Seattle Seahawks0.516130-122-4
Cincinnati Bengals0.508130-126-0
Jacksonville Jaguars0.508129-125-2
New England Patriots0.508130-126-0
Atlanta Falcons0.504128-126-0
Chicago Bears0.502128-127-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers0.5127-127-2
Washington Redskins0.498127-128-1
New York Jets0.496127-129-0
Philadelphia Eagles0.496127-129-0
Cleveland Browns0.492126-130-0
Pittsburgh Steelers0.496126-130-0
Tennessee Titans0.488124-130-2
New York Giants0.48123-133-0
Dallas Cowboys0.48121-134-1
Buffalo Bills0.473121-135-0
Houston Texans0.473120-134-2
Kansas City Chiefs0.473121-135-0
Oakland Raiders0.469120-136-0
Indianapolis Colts0.461117-137-2
San Diego Chargers0.457117-139-0
Denver Broncos0.43110-146-0

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