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    PIT 2021 Schedule...Hazards Abound!

    The schedule is due out in two days but opponents are known. While I'm not a big fan of strength of schedule prior to the season, take this for what it's worth;

    Strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams: Which teams have the hardest, easiest schedule for 2021?

    Right on schedule, it's the 2021 NFL schedule.

    Not too long after the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft, the league is releasing its slate of games for all 32 NFL squads for this upcoming year.

    But who has the easiest path to success? Who has the hardest? While we don't know where exactly these games are lining up on the slate just yet, the opponents for the 2021 season have long been known by the way that NFL formulates its schedule.

    There's a small twist, too: The NFL has added 17th regular season game added to the slate this year, which is based on another addition to the existing formula which helps make the schedules.

    Here's how the strength of schedule for all 32 teams breaks down:

    Who has the toughest NFL schedule in 2021?
    The Pittsburgh Steelers, coming off a 12-4 season, have the most difficult schedule to navigate in 2021, with their opponents' 2020 win percentage at .574.

    In addition to playing a difficult AFC North, the Steelers have to tango with the Seahawks, Packers and Chiefs this year, all teams who were playoff teams in 2020.

    The Seahawks were the 17th opponent added for the league's expanded schedule.

    Home Away
    Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens
    Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals
    Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns
    Chicago Bears Buffalo Bills
    Denver Broncos Green Bay Packers
    Detroit Lions Kansas City Chiefs
    Las Vegas Raiders Los Angeles Chargers
    Seattle Seahawks Minnesota Vikings
    Tennessee Titans —
    The Steelers won't be walking an easy road in the AFC North, per usual: The Browns and Bengals are both much improved squads, with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens providing a good division fight twice a year

    Who has the easiest NFL schedule in 2021?
    On the other side of Pennsylvania, fly, Eagles, fly: Nick Sirianni and the Philadelphia Eagles have the easiest schedule for 2021. Their opponents' 2020 winning percentage sits at .451.

    Playing against a weak — but improving — NFC East, the Eagles also draw the Lions, Broncos and Jets. They do have some difficult home games, with the 49ers and defending champion Bucs entering the building.

    Home Away
    Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys
    New York Giants New York Giants
    Washington Football Team Washington Football Team
    Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
    Los Angeles Chargers Carolina Panthers
    New Orleans Saints Denver Broncos
    San Francisco 49ers Detroit Lions
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Las Vegas Raiders
    — New York Jets
    The Giants could provide for a difficult hurdle in the division, with the offense loaded with talent entering Year 3 of the Daniel Jones Era. The Cowboys are also returning Dak Prescott under center after a devastating ankle injury, while the NFC East-winning Washington Football Team is looking to prove last year's division win wasn't a fluke.

    2021 NFL strength of schedule rankings
    With a 17th game added to the schedule, there are lots of teams locked up in terms of opponent winning percentage for this year. The middle of the pack will be very, very good and offer something that NFL fans enjoy: Parity.

    Rank Team Opponents' 2020 win percentage
    1 Pittsburgh Steelers .574 (155-115-2)
    2 Baltimore Ravens .563 (152-118-2)
    3 Chicago Bears .550 (149-122-1)
    4 Green Bay Packers .542 (147-124-1)
    5 Minnesota Vikings .531 (144-127-1)
    T6 Cincinnati Bengals .529 (144-12
    T6 Detroit Lions .529 (143-127-2)
    8 Las Vegas Raiders .526 (142-128-2)
    9 Cleveland Browns .518 (140-130-2)
    10 Los Angeles Rams .515 (140-132)
    T11 Kansas City Chiefs .511 (138-132-2)
    T11 Seattle Seahawks .511 (139-133)
    T13 Tennessee Titans .507 (138-134)
    T13 Arizona Cardinals .507 (138-134)
    T15 Washington Football Team .504 (136-134-2)
    T15 Houston Texans .504 (137-135)
    17 Los Angeles Chargers .493 (133-137-2)
    18 Jacksonville Jaguars .491 (133-138-1)
    T19 San Francisco 49ers .489 (132-138-2)
    T19 New York Jets .489 (132-138-2)
    T19 New England Patriots .489 (133-139)
    22 New Orleans Saints .483 (131-140-1)
    T23 Buffalo Bills .478 (130-142)
    T23 Indianapolis Colts .478 (130-142)
    T23 New York Giants .474 (128-142-2)
    26 Carolina Panthers .472 (128-143-1)
    T27 Denver Broncos .471 (127-143-2)
    T27 Miami Dolphins .471 (128-144)
    29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers .465 (126-145-1)
    30 Atlanta Falcons .454 (123-148-1)
    31 Dallas Cowboys .452 (122-148-2)
    32 Philadelphia Eagles .451 (115-140-1)
    2021 NFL schedule for all 32 teams
    While dates have yet to be set for each of the 32 teams' matchups, fans have a decent idea as to who is playing who come the 2021 season. The formula the NFL uses is 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 intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (these games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season) (Two games)
    One interconference game based on the prior year's standings on a rotating four-year cycle. 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 similarly paired. The home conference for this game will rotate each season.
    While the dates and times of these games are scheduled to be released on May 12, we already know the opponents for all 32 squads.

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    Means nothing... bring em on!!!
    Tomlin’s coming back so what can you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    Means nothing... bring em on!!!
    Sorta. But good teams usually don't slide too far in one season.

    Home Away
    Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens - always a tough battle and they had another good draft. No reason to think they will be easier this season
    Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals - did they do enough in the draft? not sure how well their OL comes together but Burrow can carry this team similar to Roethlisberger's early years
    Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns - improving and had arguably a very good draft; season will depend on the QB
    Chicago Bears Buffalo Bills - some fans wanted the Steelers to trade up and draft Fields; the Steelers will show him what it's really like to play in the NFL; BUF was a very good team last season, was it a one year wonder? (I don't think so. Allen is legit)
    Denver Broncos Green Bay Packers - if the Packers end up trading Rodgers, the Steelers could still end up playing against him if DEN signs him; whichever team loses the Rodgers sweepstake probably won't be a contender this season.
    Detroit Lions Kansas City Chiefs - DET is a perenial mess, I don't think Goff is the entire answer and not expecting anything different this season; the Steelers won't win a shootout against KC if Roethlisberger has to throw 40+ times
    Las Vegas Raiders Los Angeles Chargers - Vegas is an enigma, on paper a good team but their coach...smh; LAC are up and coming, need a defense to go with the offense
    Seattle Seahawks Minnesota Vikings - not an easy game with SEA; Vikes are an unknown but I don't think they did enough in the draft to improve that defense
    Tennessee Titans — well-coached team, they needed DB and pass rush help to compete. Farley and Molden go a long way to help them out.

    It will come down to when they play whom. If they catch the right teams at the right time it could help the Steelers' cause.

    ...stay tuned.
    Last edited by NorthCoast; 05-10-2021 at 02:02 PM.

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    Because of our division, that's what makes our schedule supposedly hard. You see the Ravens are right behind us in difficulty and the Browns are at # 9. So we need to handle our business within the division and everything else is will come easier.
    From the 2010-2020 season, (A 10 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks.

    Dolphin fans in the 90’s who wanted to hold on to Don Shula for what he did in the playoffs in the 70’s...
    Are the same as Steeler fans (of 2020 ) holding on to Tomlin for what he did in 2008, with Cowher's players & coaches


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