Even before the 2023 NFL regular season schedule is released on May 11, we’re able to calculate NFL Strength of Schedule for all 32 teams using projected win totals from Vegas oddsmakers.
What NFL team has the easiest schedule in 2023:
Based on projected win totals, the New Orleans Saints have the easiest strength of schedule for the 2023 NFL season.
NFL teams with the easiest schedules in 2023:
- New Orleans Saints
- Atlanta Falcons
- Indianapolis Colts
- Carolina Panthers
- San Francisco 49ers
What NFL team has the hardest schedule in 2023:
Based on projected win totals, the New England Patriots have the hardest strength of schedule for the 2023 NFL season.
NFL teams with the hardest schedules in 2023:
- New England Patriots
- Las Vegas Raiders
- Miami Dolphins
- Buffalo Bills
- Kansas City Chiefs
We’ve ranked easiest (#1) to hardest (#32) schedule for the 2023 season, plus projected win totals and current betting odds for every NFL team.
2023 NFL Strength of Schedule:
|Rank||Team||Projected Win Total||Current Line|
|1||New Orleans Saints||9.35||9.5 +105|
|2||Atlanta Falcons||8.3||8.5 +110|
|3||Indianapolis Colts||6.8||6.5 -140|
|4||Carolina Panthers||7.75||7.5 -135|
|5||San Francisco 49ers||10.6||10.5 -120|
|6||Chicago Bears||7.75||7.5 -135|
|7||Houston Texans||6.3||6.5 +110|
|8||Pittsburgh Steelers||8.7||8.5 -130|
|9||Tennessee Titans||7.3||7.5 +110|
|10||Seattle Seahawks||8.7||8.5 -130|
|11||Detroit Lions||9.6||9.5 -120|
|12||Jacksonville Jaguars||9.7||9.5 -130|
|13||Philadelphia Eagles||10.87||10.5 -150|
|14||Green Bay Packers||7.5||7.5 -110|
|15||Los Angeles Rams||7.15||7.5 +125|
|16||Cleveland Browns||9.1||9.5 +130|
|17||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6.3||6.5 +110|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||9.7||9.5 -130|
|19||New York Giants||8.2||8.5 +120|
|20||Cincinnati Bengals||11.3||11.5 +110|
|21||Baltimore Ravens||9.6||9.5 -120|
|22||Arizona Cardinals||4.7||4.5 -130|
|23||Denver Broncos||8.5||8.5 -110|
|24||Washington Commanders||6.6||6.5 -120|
|25||Minnesota Vikings||8.6||8.5 -120|
|26||New York Jets||9.85||9.5 -145|
|27||Los Angeles Chargers||9.5||9.5 -110|
|28||Kansas City Chiefs||11.8||11.5 -140|
|29||Buffalo Bills||10.8||10.5 -140|
|30||Miami Dolphins||9.4||9.5 +100|
|31||Las Vegas Raiders||7.1||7.5 +130|
|32||New England Patriots||7.6||7.5 -120|
2023 NFL Strength of Schedule, Visualization
While there aren’t perfect strength of schedule metrics, using 2023 Vegas win totals is much better than so many widely used metrics that use the previous season’s record.
Here is a visual breakdown of 2023 NFL strength of schedule rankings for each team, based on Vegas win totals.
How Accurate is Warren Sharp’s Model for determining Strength of Schedule?
Looking at last season’s strength of schedule model:
- of the 10 teams predicted to have the hardest 2022 schedules, only 2 went to the playoffs (Bengals, Chiefs)
- of the 7 teams forecast to have losing records but predicted to have easier than average schedules, 5 went over their win total (Giants, Lions, Commanders, Jaguars, Panthers)
- of the 9 teams forecast to have winning records and predicted to have easier than average schedules, 6 went to the playoffs (Eagles, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Ravens, 49ers, Vikings)
Are Strength of Schedule projections accurate?
Short answer: YES
- of the 7 teams that actually had the easiest 2022 schedules, 6 went to the playoffs (Eagles, 49ers, Jaguars, Cowboys, Chargers, Chiefs)
- of the 7 teams that actually had the hardest 2022 schedules, 2 went to the playoffs (Dolphins, Bengals)
- of the 11 teams that actually had the hardest 2022 schedules, only 3 went over their win total (Bengals, Steelers, Jets)
Trying to exceed and overachieve against a brutal schedule rarely happens (2 out of top 7 in 2022) and likewise, winning against an easy schedule and overachieving compared to expectation was quite regular (only 1 out of top 7 did not).
2023 NFL Strength of Schedule vs. 2022 Actuals
Looking at actual strength of schedule team ranks from last season (2022) versus projected 2023 strength of schedule, we can see which team schedules have improved or worsened year over year.
|Team||Forecast 2023 SOS||2022 Actual SOS||2023 Improvement Rank|
|New Orleans Saints||1||18||3|
|San Francisco 49ers||5||2||20|
|Green Bay Packers||14||15||15|
|Los Angeles Rams||15||26||5|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||17||24||9|
|New York Giants||19||16||20|
|New York Jets||26||32||10|
|Los Angeles Chargers||27||7||30|
|Kansas City Chiefs||28||4||32|
|Las Vegas Raiders||31||9||31|
|New England Patriots||32||22||25|
NFL Rest Disparity based on the 2023 Schedule:
Which NFL team has the best rest edge in 2023?
The New York Jets, Chicago Bears, and Washington Commanders have the best rest edges for the 2023 NFL season.
Those three teams have 12 more days of rest than their opponents.
Which NFL team has the worst rest edge in 2023?
The San Francisco 49ers have the worst rest edge for the 2023 NFL season.
The 49ers have 20 fewer days of rest than their opponents.
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