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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



July 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM

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Tough to predict strength of the Seahawks' schedule

The Seahawks' 2012 schedule has them facing opponents who went a combined 129-127 in 2011, a collective winning percentage of .504.

That is tied for 11th-highest among the league's 32 teams.

That doesn't mean the Seahawks will be playing the 11th-toughest schedule in the league, though. That depends entirely upon what those teams on the docket do this year. For example, a year ago, the Seahawks were seen to have one of the easiest schedules in the league. Their 16 opponents in 2011 had a combined record of 125-131 the year before, which ranked No. 23. The schedule turned out to be much more difficult in large part because of the improvement of San Francisco and Arizona in the NFC West.

Looking at Seattle's projected strength of schedule last year and comparing it to the actual strength of schedule shows that perceptions don't always equate to reality when it comes to trying to forecast the year ahead in the NFL:

2011 projected
strength of schedule
Opponent's
won-loss record
Playoff
opponents
Opponents with
10 or more wins
Opponents with
losing record
sea-mark-1-cl.gif125-131 (.488)5610
2011 actual
strength of schedule
Opponent's
won-loss record
Playoff
opponents
Opponents with 10 or more winsOpponents with
losing record
sea-mark-1-cl.gif131-125 (.512)754

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