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Strength of Schedule implications for tonight’s New Orleans – Seattle game

Tonight’s game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks is an important match up with implications for the NFC playoff race. However with four teams at 3-9 (Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Washington), another at 2-10 (Houston) and the draft order tie breakers coming down to strength of schedule, the game also has implications for the race for the #1 pick in the draft. Below I have listed the changes each result would have on the strength of schedule of each team.

Effect of each result on Strength of Schedule
Team PCT SoS New Orleans victory Seattle Seahawks victory
Houston Texans 0.167 0.550 Weakened (0-1) Strengthened (1-0)
Jacksonville Jaguars 0.250 0.503 Weakened (0-1) Strengthened (1-0)
Washington Football 0.250 0.516 No change (0-0) No change (0-0)
Atlanta Falcons 0.250 0.553 Strengthened (2-1) Weakened (1-2)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0.250 0.582 Strengthened (2-1) Weakened (1-2)

As you can see from the table above, a victory for the New Orleans Saints is the best result for the Jaguars, weakening their strength of schedule (to an even 0.500) and strengthening that of the Falcons and Bucs.