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How tough is the Giants' 2019 schedule?

Nothing comes easy in the NFL. But if last season tells us anything about this upcoming one – which it often does not – the Giants could be in luck. Based on the 2018 winning records of their 2019 opponents, Big Blue is tied for the second-easiest schedule in the NFL.

Along with the Bengals, Jets, Rams, and the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, the Giants' opponents had a winning percentage of .473. Only the Redskins (.469) have an "easier" schedule, while the Raiders (.539) have the "hardest" in 2019.

Here are the strength of schedule rankings based on last year's records:

1. Oakland Raiders (.539)
2. Denver Broncos (.537)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (.531)
4. Houston Texans (.527)
T-5. Chicago Bears (.520)
T-5. Kansas City Chiefs (.520)
T-7. Atlanta Falcons (.518)
T-7. Indianapolis Colts (.518)
9. Tennessee Titans (.514)
10. Minnesota Vikings (.512)
11. San Francisco 49ers (.510)
T-12. Arizona Cardinals (.508)
T-12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.508)
T-14. Dallas Cowboys (.504)
T-14. Green Bay Packers (.504)
T-16. Los Angeles Chargers (.502)
T-16. Carolina Panthers (.502)
18. Miami Dolphins (.500)
T-19. Pittsburgh Steelers (.496)
T-19. Detroit Lions (.496)
T-19. Baltimore Ravens (.496)
22. New Orleans Saints (.488)
23. Cleveland Browns (.484)
24. Buffalo Bills (.480)
25. Seattle Seahawks (.479)
26. Philadelphia Eagles (.477)
T-27. Cincinnati Bengals (.473)
T-27. New York Giants (.473)
T-27. New York Jets (.473)
T-27. Los Angeles Rams (.473)
T-27. New England Patriots (.473)
32. Washington Redskins (.469)


Now for a refresher on the current scheduling formula:

  • Every team plays six games against the other three teams in its division, facing off twice per season — once at home and once on the road.
  • Every team plays one game against each of the four teams from a division within its conference — two games at home and two on the road. Which division a team plays is determined by a rotation system ensuring that the teams in one division will play the teams in every other division in its conference once every three years.
  • Every team plays one game against each of the four teams from a division in the other conference once per season — two games at home and two on the road. These matchups are also determined by a rotation, which ensures that all teams play every team from every division in the other conference once every four years.
  • Every team plays its remaining two games against teams from the two remaining divisions in its own conference — one game at home and the other on the road. The matchups are determined by where the teams finished in their divisions in the previous season. For example, a team that finished the previous year in third place in its division will play the third-place teams from the two other divisions in its conference.