NFL strengths of schedule for 2021, ranked hardest to easiest


The NFL is about to embark on its biggest season yet with an expanded 17-game schedule. While an extra game will likely present its own challenges for players, some teams will be up against a tough strength of schedule this season, as well.

The Steelers top the list of 2021 strength of schedule rankings. Their 17 opponents have a combined 2020 record of 155-115-2 and a combined 2020 win percentage of .574. With games against the Chiefs, Bills and Packers, the Steelers will have their work cut out for them as they look to repeat as AFC North champions.

The Baltimore Ravens are the only other team whose opponents have a combined 2020 win percentage over .550. Baltimore will face the division-rival Steelers twice, as well as the Chiefs and Packers in 2021.

While the Steelers, Ravens and Chicago Bears have the hardest schedules in 2021, the Philadelphia Eagles round out the list with the easiest. The Eagles' 2021 opponents went 117-155 in 2020 for a combined win percentage of .430. Philadelphia is the only team facing a combined win percentage below .450, due in large part to the fact that only three of their opponents finished above .500 last season.

Below is the 2021 strength of schedule ranked from hardest to easiest based on opponents combined record from last season:

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers
  2. Baltimore Ravens
  3. Chicago Bears
  4. Green Bay Packers
  5. Minnesota Vikings
  6. Detroit Lions
  7. Cincinnati Bengals
  8. Las Vegas Raiders
  9. Cleveland Browns
  10. Los Angeles Rams
  11. Kansas City Chiefs
  12. Seattle Seahawks
  13. Tennessee Titans
  14. Arizona Cardinals
  15. Washington Football Team
  16. Houston Texans
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. Jacksonville Jaguars
  19. San Francisco 49ers
  20. New York Jets
  21. New England Patriots
  22. New Orleans Saints
  23. Buffalo Bills
  24. Indianapolis Colts
  25. New York Giants
  26. Carolina Panthers
  27. Denver Broncos
  28. Miami Dolphins
  29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  30. Atlanta Falcons
  31. Dallas Cowboys
  32. Philadelphia Eagles