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I hope the toughest schedule groomed the Falcons well for the playoffs


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Look at the number of teams at the bottom of this list that had easier schedules and are in the playoffs. It doesn't seem fair to me if a team that got their playoff ticket with an easier schedule beat us.

 

T-1. Atlanta Falcons (0.555)
T-1. San Francisco 49ers (0.555)
3. Los Angeles Rams (0.551)
4. New Orleans Saints (0.547)
T-5. Seattle Seahawks (0.543)
T-5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0.543)
T-7. Arizona Cardinals (0.531)
T-7. New York Jets (0.531)
9. New England Patriots (0.523)
10. Buffalo Bills (0.520)
11. Miami Dolphins (0.516)
12. Carolina Panthers (0.512)
13. San Diego Chargers (0.508)
14. Denver Broncos (0.504)
15. Oakland Raiders (0.500)
16. Kansas City Chiefs (0.496)
17. Washington Redskins (0.492)
18. Minnesota Vikings (0.488)
T-19. Baltimore Ravens (0.484)
T-19. Houston Texans (0.484)
21. Cleveland Browns (0.480)
22. Indianapolis Colts (0.477)
T-23. Jacksonville Jaguars (0.473)
T-23. Pittsburgh Steelers (0.473)
T-23. Tennessee Titans (0.473)
26. Philadelphia Eagles (0.469)
T-27. Cincinnati Bengals (0.465)
T-27. Detroit Lions (0.465)
T-27. Dallas Cowboys (0.465)
T-30. Chicago Bears (0.461)
T-30. New York Giants (0.461)
32. Green Bay Packers (0.457)

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Sun Tzu 7 said:

To be fair is this list based on last season or this season?

But yes I feel the Falcons are more battle tested going into the playoffs then they have been in years past.

Last season or not, it's what the media pundits like to throw up to justify their little belief system as to how a team is going to fare before the season starts.

None of them had us with a winning record much less winning more than 5 games.

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I would be interested to see what the opponents win-loss records ended up being for each team. That would be an updated ranking. Playing the terrible Panthers twice with the 15-1 record last year boosts the falcons. I don't think we ended up with the toughest schedule in the league. IMO

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7 minutes ago, manfam said:

I'm not sure what everyone else did but; we played against Seattle, Green Bay, Oakland and Kansas City. 4 teams in the playoff in both conferences.

Packers played: giants, lions×2, Seahawks, Texans, falcons, cowboys 

 

I think almost all the NFC playoff teams faced four or more playoff teams 

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38 minutes ago, SLEVEN said:

I would be interested to see what the opponents win-loss records ended up being for each team. That would be an updated ranking. Playing the terrible Panthers twice with the 15-1 record last year boosts the falcons. I don't think we ended up with the toughest schedule in the league. IMO

So when looking strictly looking at win-loss, Atlanta ended up with one of the easier schedules in the league. Though a certain "MVP" candidate played the second easiest schedule. The below chart was pulled from 

https://www.fantasyindex.com/2016/12/27/scheduletron/updated-strength-of-schedule

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE (Weeks 1-16)
team W L T Pct
Miami 88 119 3 .426
New England 92 115 3 .445
Tennessee 97 113 0 .462
Seattle 97 112 1 .464
Detroit 98 111 1 .469
San Francisco 97 110 3 .469
Arizona 98 110 2 .471
Los Angeles 101 106 3 .488
Atlanta 102 106 2 .490
Buffalo 102 105 3 .493
Dallas 102 105 3 .493
Houston 104 105 1 .498
NY Giants 104 104 2 .500
Chicago 105 104 1 .502
Carolina 105 102 3 .507
NY Jets 105 102 3 .507
Washington 106 103 1 .507
Baltimore 106 102 2 .510
Green Bay 106 102 2 .510
Indianapolis 107 103 0 .510
New Orleans 106 102 2 .510
Tampa Bay 106 102 2 .510
Cleveland 106 101 3 .512
Jacksonville 108 102 0 .514
Minnesota 107 101 2 .514
Cincinnati 109 101 0 .519
Oakland 110 100 0 .524
San Diego 110 100 0 .524
Pittsburgh 111 96 3 .536
Kansas City 113 97 0 .538
Philadelphia 111 95 4 .538
Denver 113 96 1 .540

 

 

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47 minutes ago, manfam said:

I'm not sure what everyone else did but; we played against Seattle, Green Bay, Oakland and Kansas City. 4 teams in the playoff in both conferences.

Patriots: 4-1 (beat Dolphins, Texans, Steelers, Dolphins; lost to Seahawks)

Seahawks: 3-1 (beat Dolphins, Falcons, Patriots; lost to Packers)

Packers: 5-2 (beat Lions, Giants, Texans, Seahawks, Lions; lost to Cowboys, Falcons)

Cowboys: 3-2 (beat Packers, Steelers, Lions; lost to Giants, Giants)

Giants: 3-2 (beat Cowboys, Cowboys, Lions; lost to Packers, Steelers)

Chiefs: 3-2 (beat Raiders, Falcons, Raiders; lost to Texans, Steelers)

Falcons: 2-2 (beat Raiders, Packers; lost to Seahawks, Chiefs)

Steelers: 2-3 (beat Chiefs, Giants; lost to Dolphins, Patriots, Cowboys)

Texans: 2-3 (beat Chiefs, Lions; lost to Patriots, Raiders, Packers)

Dolphins: 1-3 (lost to Seahawks, Patriots, Patriots; beat Steelers)

Raiders: 1-3 (beat Texans; lost to Falcons, Chiefs, Chiefs)

Lions: 0-5 (lost to Packers, Texans, Giants, Cowboys, Packers)

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12 minutes ago, beyondsane said:

So when looking strictly looking at win-loss, Atlanta ended up with one of the easier schedules in the league. Though a certain "MVP" candidate played the second easiest schedule. The below chart was pulled from 

https://www.fantasyindex.com/2016/12/27/scheduletron/updated-strength-of-schedule

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE (Weeks 1-16)
team W L T Pct
Miami 88 119 3 .426
New England 92 115 3 .445
Tennessee 97 113 0 .462
Seattle 97 112 1 .464
Detroit 98 111 1 .469
San Francisco 97 110 3 .469
Arizona 98 110 2 .471
Los Angeles 101 106 3 .488
Atlanta 102 106 2 .490
Buffalo 102 105 3 .493
Dallas 102 105 3 .493
Houston 104 105 1 .498
NY Giants 104 104 2 .500
Chicago 105 104 1 .502
Carolina 105 102 3 .507
NY Jets 105 102 3 .507
Washington 106 103 1 .507
Baltimore 106 102 2 .510
Green Bay 106 102 2 .510
Indianapolis 107 103 0 .510
New Orleans 106 102 2 .510
Tampa Bay 106 102 2 .510
Cleveland 106 101 3 .512
Jacksonville 108 102 0 .514
Minnesota 107 101 2 .514
Cincinnati 109 101 0 .519
Oakland 110 100 0 .524
San Diego 110 100 0 .524
Pittsburgh 111 96 3 .536
Kansas City 113 97 0 .538
Philadelphia 111 95 4 .538
Denver 113 96 1 .540

 

 

Exactly why the September strength of schedual ranking is not a useful argument to use in January. 

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Thanks for compiling the records vs playoff teams. They are revealing of how teams fared against the remaining teams.

One counter i would make to these stats is that teams facing the Denver Broncos had a tougher opponent than teams facing the Houston Texans. New England beat both, but the Packers only faced the Texans. Even more so if the Texans were playing on the road, where they were 2-6, which is the worst of any team that made the playoffs (Seattle, 3-4-1, and Detroit, 3-5, were the only other playoff teams with losing road records). In contrast, Denver was 5-3 at home, so i'd argue the Falcons road win @DEN was a tougher game than beating HOU at home (Green Bay won that game 21-13). Four of Green Bay's five wins vs playoff teams were at home, including their 23-16 win over NYG.

i think the Falcons' road wins @OAK and @DEN early in the season really gave the team the confidence boost that got them to where they are now. This team isn't going to be intimidated if they have to travel to Dallas.

27 minutes ago, Sun Tzu 7 said:

Patriots: 4-1 (beat Dolphins, Texans, Steelers, Dolphins; lost to Seahawks)

Seahawks: 3-1 (beat Dolphins, Falcons, Patriots; lost to Packers)

Packers: 5-2 (beat Lions, Giants, Texans, Seahawks, Lions; lost to Cowboys, Falcons)

Cowboys: 3-2 (beat Packers, Steelers, Lions; lost to Giants, Giants)

Giants: 3-2 (beat Cowboys, Cowboys, Lions; lost to Packers, Steelers)

Chiefs: 3-2 (beat Raiders, Falcons, Raiders; lost to Texans, Steelers)

Falcons: 2-2 (beat Raiders, Packers; lost to Seahawks, Chiefs)

Steelers: 2-3 (beat Chiefs, Giants; lost to Dolphins, Patriots, Cowboys)

Texans: 2-3 (beat Chiefs, Lions; lost to Patriots, Raiders, Packers)

Dolphins: 1-3 (lost to Seahawks, Patriots, Patriots; beat Steelers)

Raiders: 1-3 (beat Texans; lost to Falcons, Chiefs, Chiefs)

Lions: 0-5 (lost to Packers, Texans, Giants, Cowboys, Packers)

 

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Looking at this years win rankings, does not really apply the strength of schedule... Us beating them makes their scores naturally lower.  All because Denver did not play out the year like champs does not taint the schedule.  That teams had injuries did not change the previous years stats on strength of schedule.  That is the whole purpose of playing them DUH! To Beat them down! They better not end up with high numbers or we did not do our jobs!

We had a really tough schedule.  It almost killed us and we came back.  Hopefully we are stronger for it.

ALL THE WAY! GOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooFalcons!

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22 minutes ago, Kaptain Krazy said:

Thanks for compiling the records vs playoff teams. They are revealing of how teams fared against the remaining teams.

One counter i would make to these stats is that teams facing the Denver Broncos had a tougher opponent than teams facing the Houston Texans. New England beat both, but the Packers only faced the Texans. Even more so if the Texans were playing on the road, where they were 2-6, which is the worst of any team that made the playoffs (Seattle, 3-4-1, and Detroit, 3-5, were the only other playoff teams with losing road records). In contrast, Denver was 5-3 at home, so i'd argue the Falcons road win @DEN was a tougher game than beating HOU at home (Green Bay won that game 21-13). Four of Green Bay's five wins vs playoff teams were at home, including their 23-16 win over NYG.

i think the Falcons' road wins @OAK and @DEN early in the season really gave the team the confidence boost that got them to where they are now. This team isn't going to be intimidated if they have to travel to Dallas.

 

Thanks.

Id like to take credit but I found it on PFT.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/01/05/playoff-teams-records-vs-other-playoff-teams/

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21 hours ago, Sun Tzu 7 said:

Patriots: 4-1 (beat Dolphins, Texans, Steelers, Dolphins; lost to Seahawks)

Seahawks: 3-1 (beat Dolphins, Falcons, Patriots; lost to Packers)

Packers: 5-2 (beat Lions, Giants, Texans, Seahawks, Lions; lost to Cowboys, Falcons)

Cowboys: 3-2 (beat Packers, Steelers, Lions; lost to Giants, Giants)

Giants: 3-2 (beat Cowboys, Cowboys, Lions; lost to Packers, Steelers)

Chiefs: 3-2 (beat Raiders, Falcons, Raiders; lost to Texans, Steelers)

Falcons: 2-2 (beat Raiders, Packers; lost to Seahawks, Chiefs)

Steelers: 2-3 (beat Chiefs, Giants; lost to Dolphins, Patriots, Cowboys)

Texans: 2-3 (beat Chiefs, Lions; lost to Patriots, Raiders, Packers)

Dolphins: 1-3 (lost to Seahawks, Patriots, Patriots; beat Steelers)

Raiders: 1-3 (beat Texans; lost to Falcons, Chiefs, Chiefs)

Lions: 0-5 (lost to Packers, Texans, Giants, Cowboys, Packers)

Thanks for posting this.

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