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Why do the Eagles get the 3rd easiest schedule?

Postby bagobonez » Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:55 pm

Is there any particular reason (besides what I consider the obvious) the Eagles get the 3rd easiest schedule in the league after going to the Super Bowl?
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Postby Mustangs989 » Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:58 pm

It's a conspiracy, I'm surprised they didn't give them the easiest schedule ;-7
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Postby Flockers » Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:58 pm

Yes, I've been waiting for bagobonez to start his annual Eagle ripping. I've got my popcorn and soda ready.

Let's go!
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Postby deluxe_247 » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:07 pm

let the conspiracies begin.
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Postby MeShawn » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:09 pm

I'm not questioning/supporting/arguing against your thread. I'm just wondering, do you have a link rankings the strength of schedules?

It might have already been posted, but I think I missed it.
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Postby maddog60 » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:21 pm

Must be the NFL conspiracy. Or maybe in a more rational explanation its in part due to the NFL's pre-planned division matchups. Just happens that NFC West, worst division in football was going to be on their schedule no matter what this year.
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Postby portisfan24 » Thu Jun 09, 2005 11:50 pm

Ya, what Maddog said and the fact that their own division isnt exactly stellar.
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Postby VHawk15 » Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:10 am

maddog60 wrote:Or maybe in a more rational explanation its in part due to the NFL's pre-planned division matchups. Just happens that NFC West, worst division in football was going to be on their schedule no matter what.


Bingo.

Bago, keep searching though, I'm sure there's gotta be some Philly conspiracy out there.
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Postby GMoney » Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:22 am

musta been the alien dressed up as paul tagliaboob... they want the eagles to take over the NFL and the WORLD... MUAHHHAHAHAHAHHAHA
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Postby Santacruzer » Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:40 am

There's no conspiracy. The NFL moved away from a "strength of schedule" format a couple of years ago, when they re-alligned the divisions.

They used to use a format that matched up "playoff teams" to play "playoff teams", and the "bottom teams" to play "bottom teams", and so on. When they re-alligned the divisions to four divisions, or four teams, in each conference, a couple of years ago they switched to a "rotation" type format. For example, the Lions played the NFC East, and the AFC South last year, and this year they play the NFC South, and the AFC North, etc.

This year, the Lions in the NFC North plays each team in their divison twice, Green Bay, Minny, Chicago. They play the NFC South, New Orleans, Carolina, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta. The AFC North, Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincy, and Pittsburgh to total 14 games.

The two remaining games get split between the two remaining divisions in their conference. The NFC East, and the NFC West. I believe they are matched up acording to their finishes in their respective conferences from the previous year. ie. the Lions finished 3rd in their division, so they play the 3rd place finishers from those other 2 divisions, Dallas, and Arizona. This is the only remaining SOS bit, and because it only applies to two games, it really isn't a factor, or at least the factor it used to play.

See, no conspiracy.
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