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singersp
01-29-2006, 03:35 PM
From KFFL;

Vikings | Have fourth easiest 2006 schedule
Sat, 28 Jan 2006 21:12:52 -0800

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have the fourth easiest 2006 schedule based on their opponent's winning percentage of .457. Part of the reason for the low percentage is the Vikings play in the NFC North. Another reason is the NFC division they're matched up with next year is the NFC West.

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Bears | Have easiest 2006 schedule
Sat, 28 Jan 2006 21:09:41 -0800

The Associated Press reports the Chicago Bears have the easiest 2006 schedule based on their opponent's winning percentage of .445. Part of the reason for the low percentage is the Bears play in the NFC North. Another reason is the NFC division they're matched up with next year is the NFC
West.

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Packers | Have second easiest 2006 schedule
Sat, 28 Jan 2006 21:10:38 -0800

The Associated Press reports the Green Bay Packers have the second easiest 2006 schedule based on their opponent's winning percentage of .449. Part of the reason for the low percentage is the Packers play in the NFC North. Another reason is the NFC division they're matched up with next year is the NFC West.

NordicNed
01-29-2006, 03:58 PM
I'll take it...........LOL

mr.woo
01-29-2006, 04:05 PM
saweet

JellyBean2144
01-29-2006, 04:14 PM
They say that now, but I will wait unil the season starts to get my hopes up.

mogwai
01-29-2006, 05:58 PM
i don't put too much into strength of schedule anymore. teams change players and staff so often that a 3-13 team this year can be 10-6 next year.which by the way will be our record next year 10-6

V4L
01-29-2006, 06:01 PM
I'll take it.. Only bad thing is Bears have the easiest!

Wiggles67
01-29-2006, 06:01 PM
yeah I dont quite get how they can say we have one of the "easiest" schedule based on the performance of the 2005 team. The majority of theses teams will have a lot of change happen between now and then. I like the way it sounds but I have feeling its not the most accurate thing ever!

michaelmazid
01-29-2006, 06:37 PM
that what we thought last year till we got a hold of Tampa Bay, Cincinati and Da Bears. I don't buy that stuff.

cajunvike
01-29-2006, 06:39 PM
All we need is to play just a little bit better than all 16 teams on next year's schedule...and we can go 16-0!!! Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!!! LOL!

Mr-holland
01-29-2006, 06:48 PM
Wilf 'nd Childress will suprise us next season.
Let's get on the way for a 16-0 Season :grin:

cc21
01-29-2006, 06:51 PM
Well thats a good thing I guess. Go Vikes!

DarrinNelsonguy
01-29-2006, 06:55 PM
It should be a help to us, but we cannot play down to the level of our competition like we have in the past.

snowinapril
01-29-2006, 06:56 PM
It isn't too hard to fathom that we have a so called easy schedule. We play everyone in our division twice. We play other NFC teams that all had excessive losses in head to heads with the AFC.

What did we get lucky enough to also draw the Cards and the Niners? Wouldn't that be awesome.

I haven't even looked at next years schedule, but they based this ranking on the winning percentages from this season of the teams we play next season. It just doesn't surprise me. If you looked at the whole list, you will probably see tons of NFC teams towards the bottom and a ton of AFC towards the top with the hardest schedules.

Basically the NFC is going to be a pretty level playing field and I wouldn't be giving too much advantage to the strength of schedule.

LuckyVike
01-29-2006, 06:58 PM
"mogwai" wrote:

i don't put too much into strength of schedule anymore. teams change players and staff so often that a 3-13 team this year can be 10-6 next year.which by the way will be our record next year 10-6

Exactly.

ItalianStallion
01-29-2006, 07:01 PM
I doesn't matter who you play, it matter when you play them.

singersp
01-29-2006, 07:10 PM
"mogwai" wrote:

i don't put too much into strength of schedule anymore. teams change players and staff so often that a 3-13 team this year can be 10-6 next year.which by the way will be our record next year 10-6

That's my whole take on it as well.

Also as SIA stated we play everyone in our division, twice which based on GB & Detroits record last year makes it appear we have a soft schedule.

Our 2005 record vs. the Bears 2005 record is also the reason the Bears appear to have an easier schedule than us.

But let's not sell ourselves short on a 10-6 record. :wink:

TheKnuck
01-29-2006, 07:16 PM
Well im banking on 6 wins in our division (thats right, a sweep) so thats half our wins next year right there!!!!!

snowinapril
01-29-2006, 07:27 PM
"ItalianStallion" wrote:

I doesn't matter who you play, it matter when you play them.

Did you mean "how," I can agree with that.

On a side note, people wonder why the Hawks aren't getting respect. It is because of the week NFC, the analysts are looking at the strength of their schedule to judge how they will play. But like stated, it is how you play the Steelers that will count. Do all the predicting you want.

They had 6 games against the Rams, Niners, and the Cards.

Sep 11 @Jacksonville Lost 14-26
Sep 18 Atlanta Won 21-18
Sep 25 Arizona Won 37-12
Oct 2 @Washington Lost 17-20
Oct 9 @St. Louis Won 37-31
Oct 16 Houston Won 42-10
Oct 23 Dallas Won 13-10
Week 8 BYE
Nov 6 @Arizona Won 33-19
Nov 13 St. Louis Won 31-16
Nov 20 @San Francisco Won 27-25
Nov 27 N.Y. Giants Won 24-21
Dec 5 @Philadelphia Won 42-0
Dec 11 San Francisco Won 41-3
Dec 18 @Tennessee Won 28-24
Dec 24 Indianapolis Won 28-13
Jan 1 @Green Bay Lost 17-23

Except for the Indy game which that was a rest game for the Indy starters for the most part. That schedule looks soft. I know it was a meaningless game, but they lost to GB. Atleast they ROLLED San Fran and Philly.

Steelers schedule:

Sep 11 Tennessee Won 34-7
Sep 18 @Houston Won 27-7
Sep 25 New England Lost 20-23
Week 4 BYE
Oct 10 @San Diego Won 24-22
Oct 16 Jacksonville Lost 17-23
Oct 23 @Cincinnati Won 27-13
Oct 31 Baltimore Won 20-19
Nov 6 @Green Bay Won 20-10
Nov 13 Cleveland Won 34-21
Nov 20 @Baltimore Lost 13-16
Nov 28 @Indianapolis Lost 7-26
Dec 4 Cincinnati Lost 31-38
Dec 11 Chicago Won 21-9
Dec 18 @Minnesota Won 18-3
Dec 24 @Cleveland Won 41-0
Jan 1 Detroit Won 35-21

Since Dec 11th, the Steelers have looked very impressive.

Jacksonville will be able to say we beat the SB champs this year.

ultravikingfan
01-29-2006, 07:33 PM
"Vikez4Lyfe" wrote:

I'll take it.. Only bad thing is Bears have the easiest!

If it weren't for bad luck we would have no luck at all.

singersp
01-29-2006, 07:47 PM
"ultravikingfan" wrote:

"Vikez4Lyfe" wrote:

I'll take it.. Only bad thing is Bears have the easiest!

If it weren't for bad luck we would have no luck at all.

That's because our winning pecentage figures into the Bears strength of schedule & their winning pecentage figures into ours.

Thus, because our winning percentage was lower than the Bears, it gives them the easier schedule because they play us twice. :wink:

MrGopher16
01-29-2006, 08:01 PM
"cajunvike" wrote:

All we need is to play just a little bit better than all 16 teams on next year's schedule...and we can go 16-0!!! Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!!! LOL!

It's science!

michaelmazid
01-29-2006, 09:12 PM
"TheKnuck" wrote:

Well im banking on 6 wins in our division (thats right, a sweep) so thats half our wins next year right there!!!!!

I wouldn't get carried away that idea. The bears have a great coach and a great defense and I doubt we will be able to beat them at solider field.

ChezPizmo
01-29-2006, 09:53 PM
"snowinapril" wrote:

"ItalianStallion" wrote:

I doesn't matter who you play, it matter when you play them.

Did you mean "how," I can agree with that.

On a side note, people wonder why the Hawks aren't getting respect. It is because of the week NFC, the analysts are looking at the strength of their schedule to judge how they will play. But like stated, it is how you play the Steelers that will count. Do all the predicting you want.

They had 6 games against the Rams, Niners, and the Cards.

Sep 11 @Jacksonville Lost 14-26
Sep 18 Atlanta Won 21-18
Sep 25 Arizona Won 37-12
Oct 2 @Washington Lost 17-20
Oct 9 @St. Louis Won 37-31
Oct 16 Houston Won 42-10
Oct 23 Dallas Won 13-10
Week 8 BYE
Nov 6 @Arizona Won 33-19
Nov 13 St. Louis Won 31-16
Nov 20 @San Francisco Won 27-25
Nov 27 N.Y. Giants Won 24-21
Dec 5 @Philadelphia Won 42-0
Dec 11 San Francisco Won 41-3
Dec 18 @Tennessee Won 28-24
Dec 24 Indianapolis Won 28-13
Jan 1 @Green Bay Lost 17-23

Except for the Indy game which that was a rest game for the Indy starters for the most part. That schedule looks soft. I know it was a meaningless game, but they lost to GB. Atleast they ROLLED San Fran and Philly.

Steelers schedule:

Sep 11 Tennessee Won 34-7
Sep 18 @Houston Won 27-7
Sep 25 New England Lost 20-23
Week 4 BYE
Oct 10 @San Diego Won 24-22
Oct 16 Jacksonville Lost 17-23
Oct 23 @Cincinnati Won 27-13
Oct 31 Baltimore Won 20-19
Nov 6 @Green Bay Won 20-10
Nov 13 Cleveland Won 34-21
Nov 20 @Baltimore Lost 13-16
Nov 28 @Indianapolis Lost 7-26
Dec 4 Cincinnati Lost 31-38
Dec 11 Chicago Won 21-9
Dec 18 @Minnesota Won 18-3
Dec 24 @Cleveland Won 41-0
Jan 1 Detroit Won 35-21

Since Dec 11th, the Steelers have looked very impressive.

Jacksonville will be able to say we beat the SB champs this year.

How and when both matters. Every year when I share our schedule with my Grandpa (one of the coolest Vike fans ever), the first thing he wants to know is in what month our away Packer game is to see how deep into the cold and year it will be.
And as far as teams that are suppose to be this and that, I don't buy either.
Who thought the Seahawks were gonna blow up like they did?
Why do you think I choose to go to the Bengals out of my 3 choices? Becuase I thought that would be an easy win. It blow up in my face.. :cry:
(My choices were to go to Cinnci, Atlanta, or Carolina. I chose Tha Bengals cause of how they did last year. Either way I went, it didn't equal a fun 'W')
[By the way. How good have the Steelers looked these past few Playoff weeks? #6 eed beating the top 3 seeds. Very impressive.]

gregair13
01-29-2006, 11:57 PM
alot of stuff can happen in the off season to chance teams around. most people would have seen miami being a good team before ricky went and smoked it up. when mike vick got hurt in the preseason, that changed alot.

also we get the patriots division along with the seahawks division. so thats like 8 automatic wins along with two over the packers and at least one over the lions and thats 11 wins which will win the division. yeehaaa!!!

singersp
01-30-2006, 12:55 AM
"gregair13" wrote:

alot of stuff can happen in the off season to chance teams around. most people would have seen miami being a good team before ricky went and smoked it up. when mike vick got hurt in the preseason, that changed alot.

also we get the patriots division along with the seahawks division. so thats like 8 automatic wins along with two over the packers and at least one over the lions and thats 11 wins which will win the division. yeehaaa!!!

I wouldn't exactly say games against the Patriots, Seahawks, Redskins & Panthers are automatic wins.

Prophet
01-30-2006, 12:59 AM
From KFFL;

Vikings | Have fourth easiest 2006 schedule
Sat, 28 Jan 2006 21:12:52 -0800

The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have the fourth easiest 2006 schedule based on their opponent's winning percentage of .457. Part of the reason for the low percentage is the Vikings play in the NFC North. Another reason is the NFC division they're matched up with next year is the NFC West.


Nice quote from the press, but the previous season's winning percentage means nothing. At least the press already has ammunition for explaining the Vikings season when they come out strong.

midgensa
01-30-2006, 01:05 AM
Yeah ... strength of schedule is varied year to year ... but it is still nice to know that we have some weaker opponents next season.
If you really don't think it matters ... take a look at the weak schedules that led to Bears Division titles in 2001 and 2005 and then look at the next seasons when they had tougher schedules (yes that means include next year's 6-10 Bears team).
I honestly think we go 5-1 in the division next year (we always lose in Chicago) and I think we go 3-1 against the NFC West and split against the Skins and Pantthers making us 9-3 against the NFC ... I like a split agaist the AFC East too ... 11-5 is quite possible boys and girls ... lets enjoy the ride!!!

collegeguyjeff
01-30-2006, 03:47 AM
too bad we don't play too well against the easy teams. look at the colts schedule last year they had it real easy and when they played the good teams those teams wern't playing well. i guess it showed in the playoffs how good the colts really are ha ha.

vikesoto
01-30-2006, 07:06 AM
Let's hope they take full advantage of the soft schedule, and win the NFC Black and Blue div.!!