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.