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Strength of schedule update

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

I’ve never been a huge fan of preseason strength-of-schedule comparisons, given how unpredictable the NFL is on a yearly basis. But as we approach the midpoint of the season, this type of analysis becomes more relevant.

So as we prepare for Week 9 of the 17-week season, I wanted to pass along this chart from the Elias Sports Bureau. You’ll see that Detroit played the toughest first-half schedule in the NFC North, while Minnesota had the easiest. Also, be sure to check out how each team’s second-half schedule shapes up.