Here is the strength of schedule rankings for all 32 teams heading into the 2022 season
With the NFL schedule being released on Thursday, May 12th, let’s take a peek at the strength of schedule for each NFL team in the 2022 season.
Based on the final standings from 2021, the Los Angeles Rams will be going into the upcoming season with toughest strength of schedule.
It’s been nearly 20 years since the NFL has seen a team win back-to-back Super Bowls and based on this year’s strength of schedule, that’s a drought that likely isn’t going to end this season. The Rams have an SOS of .567, which not only gives them the most difficult schedule in 2022, but it makes them one of only two teams in the NFL — along with the Cardinals — that will have a strength of schedule above .540.
The Rams’ rough schedule includes 10 games against playoff teams from last season, which is the most in the NFL. The Rams road schedule is especially brutal with five of their eight games against teams that made the playoffs last year (49ers, Cardinals, Buccaneers, Packers, Chiefs) and seven of the eight against teams that finished 2021 with a winning record.
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If you’re curious about the scheduling formula, here’s how the NFL does it. Under the formula implemented in 2002 (and updated this year), every team plays 17 games as follows:
- Home and away against its three division opponents (six games).
- The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (four games).
- The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (four games).
- Two intra-conference games based on the prior year’s standings (two games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.
- One interconference game based on the prior year’s standings on a rotating four-year cycle (one game). These games match a first-place team from one division against a first-place team in an opposite conference division that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in each division are matched in the same way each year. The home conference for this game will rotate each season.
Finally, here’s a link to a list of every home and away opponent that each team will play in 2022. The time and dates of each game will be released on Thursday.