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Tough Schedule Awaits 2013 Arizona Cardinals

February 11th, 2013 at 6:56 AM
By Steve Smith

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You'd think that after suffering through a 5-11 season in 2012, one that included a nine-game losing streak, the Arizona Cardinals would at least have one of the easier schedules in the upcoming 2013 NFL campaign.

Think again.

Larry Fitzgerald and company aren't so lucky. According to NFL.com, the Red Birds have the seventh toughest schedule this coming season, based on opponents records last year. Their opponents have a combined .520 winning percentage.

Four games will come against the 49ers and Seahawks in the NFC West, which is quickly evolving from what was once a doormat division a few seasons ago to one of the best divisions in football these days. Both squads made the playoffs last season and the Niners were NFC champions.

Below is the official strength of schedule list for the upcoming season, as per NFL.com. Note the Carolina Panthers own the top spot – their opponents were .543 last season. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have the easiest schedule overall (.430).

The official NFL schedule for 2013 is slated to be released in April.

2013 Strength of schedule
Team
SOS
Opponent record
Carolina Panthers
.543
138-116-2
Detroit Lions
.539
138-118-0
New Orleans Saints
.539
137-117-2
St. Louis Rams
.539
137-117-2
Baltimore Ravens
.535
137-119-0
Green Bay Packers
.533
136-119-1
Arizona Cardinals
.520
131-121-4
Miami Dolphins
.520
133-123-0
San Francisco 49ers
.520
132-122-2
Minnesota Vikings
.516
132-124-0
Seattle Seahawks
.516
130-122-4
Cincinnati Bengals
.508
130-126-0
Jacksonville Jaguars
.508
129-125-2
New England Patriots
.508
130-126-0
Atlanta Falcons
.504
128-126-0
Chicago Bears
.502
128-127-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
.500
127-127-2
Washington Redskins
.498
127-128-1
New York Jets
.496
127-129-0
Philadelphia Eagles
.496
127-129-0
Cleveland Browns
.492
126-130-0
Pittsburgh Steelers
.496
126-130-0
Tennessee Titans
.488
124-130-2
New York Giants
.480
123-133-0
Dallas Cowboys
.480
121-134-1
Buffalo Bills
.473
121-135-0
Houston Texans
.473
120-134-2
Kansas City Chiefs
.473
121-135-0
Oakland Raiders
.469
120-136-0
Indianapolis Colts
.461
117-137-2
San Diego Chargers
.457
117-139-0
Denver Broncos
.430
110-146-0

 

 

 

 

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Football, Larry Fitzgerald, NFL, Peyton Manning

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