If the Los Angeles Rams want to be the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions in nearly two decades, they’ll have to first navigate the toughest 2022 NFL schedule. Well, at least according to the collective winning percentage their 2022 opponents had during the 2021 campaign anyway.
Truth be told, that’s really the only feasible way we can rank the strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams ahead of any season. But we won’t actually know if the Rams had the most challenging 2022 NFL schedule until the season is over, will we?
However, it does seem as if the Rams will have a rough go of it looking at their opponents on paper. Sure, they lucked out with this being the year the NFC West plays the NFC South, which doesn’t look great once you get past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the NFC West also matches up this year against the AFC West, which now has four legit Super Bowl contenders, given all the moves made during this wild NFL offseason.
And that’s what really makes this whole thing complicated. Sure, anyone playing the Denver Broncos this year is playing a team that went 7-10. But they didn’t have Russell Wilson then.
Any team that has the Packers on their 2022 NFL schedule matches up against a squad that went 13-4. But Aaron Rodgers had more weapons last year, didn’t he?
But last year’s wins and losses (or ties, as the case may be) is the formula we’ve got to work with. And based on that formula, the Rams, Cardinals, Bengals, and Buccaneers have the four toughest schedules. But it’s the bottom four that are even more interesting as it’s comprised of the four teams in the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Commanders are tied with the “easiest” 2022 NFL schedule.
Strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams
Here’s a full breakdown of the 2022 NFL schedule strength rankings for all 32 teams.
|Rank||Team||Opp. 2021 win %|
|1||Los Angeles Rams||.567 (164-125-0)|
|2||Arizona Cardinals||.543 (157-132-0)|
|3||Cincinnati Bengals||.536 (154-133-2)|
|4||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||.535 (154-134-1)|
|T5||San Francisco 49ers||.533 (154-135-0)|
|T5||Kansas City Chiefs||.533 (154-135-0)|
|T7||Las Vegas Raiders||.528 (152-136-1)|
|T7||New Orleans Saints||.528 (152-136-1)|
|9||Atlanta Falcons||.524 (151-137-1)|
|10||Los Angeles Chargers||.519 (150-139-0)|
|11||Seattle Seahawks||.517 (149-139-1)|
|T12||Carolina Panthers||.512 (147-140-2)|
|T12||Pittsburgh Steelers||.512 (148-141-0)|
|T12||Buffalo Bills||.512 (148-141-0)|
|15||Denver Broncos||.509 (147-142-0)|
|16||New England Patriots||.498 (143-144-2)|
|T17||New York Jets||.495 (142-145-2)|
|T17||Cleveland Browns||.495 (142-145-2)|
|19||Houston Texans||.488 (141-148-0)|
|20||Minnesota Vikings||.484 (139-148-2)|
|21||Miami Dolphins||.481 (138-149-2)|
|22||Green Bay Packers||.478 (147-150-2)|
|23||Baltimore Ravens||.474 (136-151-2)|
|T24||Chicago Bears||.471 (135-152-2)|
|T24||Tennessee Titans||.471 (136-153-0)|
|T26||Jacksonville Jaguars||.469 (135-153-1)|
|T26||Indianapolis Colts||.469 (135-153-1)|
|28||Detroit Lions||.467 (135-154-0)|
|29||New York Giants||.465 (134-154-1)|
|30||Philadelphia Eagles||.464 (133-154-2)|
|T31||Dallas Cowboys||.462 (133-155-1)|
|T31||Washington Commanders||.462 (133-155-1)|
Records courtesy of NFL.com