If NFL strength of schedule means anything to you, you may be interested to know that the Philadelphia Eagles are projected to have one of their easier schedules in 2019. CBS Sports ranked strength of schedule for all 32 teams next season and the Eagles rank with the seventh easiest slate.
Of course, strength of schedule can be a flawed metric. How teams performed in 2018 doesn't necessarily dictate how good or bad they’ll be in 2019. Teams go from first to worst in their divisions — and vice versa — every year. Teams undergo significant turnover with free agency, the NFL Draft, hirings, firings, retirements, player development, injuries, etc.
Traditional strength of schedule hasn’t been a huge indicator for the Eagles’ success in recent seasons. In 2017, the Eagles only had the 22nd easiest schedule but went 13-3 before winning the Super Bowl. In 2018, the Eagles had the 13th easiest schedule but only finished with a 9-7 record and a single playoff win.
So, I don’t know much SOS really matters at this time of year. I guess being ranked seventh easiest is better than having the toughest projected schedule.
Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Washington Redskins actually have THE easiest schedule in the league. The New York Giants are then tied with five other teams for the second easiest schedule in the league. The Dallas Cowboys have it the hardest with a schedule that ranks tied for the 18th easiest slate.
As a reminder, here’s a look at the Eagles’ opponents for the 2019 season. Note that the NFL schedule won’t be officially announced until mid-April.
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