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49ers schedule 2015: San Francisco has 3rd-toughest slate of games

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The NFC West and AFC North, the best divisions a season ago, will face off in 2015. Oh joy.

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Fooch's Update: 49ers complete 2015 schedule

The San Francisco 49ers will have the third-toughest schedule of all teams in 2015. Going by strength of schedule numbers for the whole league, which is simply the combined 2014 record of all 16 opponents, broken down by winning percentage, the whole NFC West comes in at spots three through six.

Given how strength of schedule works, this is pretty much always the case. The AFC North and the NFC West were the best divisions in football last season and wouldn't you know it, the AFC North and NFC West will face off this season. So the 49ers have to play the rival Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals twice, which was already enough to make it bad, but also the entire AFC North, which had three representatives in the playoffs this past season.

The Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals all made the postseason. In all, the 49ers will play nine games against teams that made the postseason last year. That's significant, but it doesn't guarantee that those teams will be just as good this year. Still, their strength of schedule is .561, just below the Steelers and Bengals, and just ahead of the rest of the NFC West.

Of course, all of this isn't exactly new information or anything like that, but with a handy list for the whole league below, it was probably worth discussing. The Atlanta Falcons have the easiest strength of schedule (with the whole of the terrible NFC South taking up spots in the bottom six), while the Rams have the easiest schedule among NFC West teams at .533. We've got the full table below:

Team Record of 2015 opponents Strength of Schedule
Pittsburgh Steelers 147-107-2 .579
Cincinnati Bengals 144-112 .563
San Francisco 49ers 143-112-1 .561
Seattle Seahawks 142-112-2 .559
Arizona Cardinals 142-113-1 .557
St. Louis Rams 141-114-1 .553
Oakland Raiders 139-116-1 .545
Kansas City Chiefs 139-116-1 .545
Cleveland Browns 138-116-2 .543
Denver Broncos 138-117-1 .541
Baltimore Ravens 137-117-2 .539
Minnesota Vikings 138-118 .539
Chicago Bears 136-120 .531
Green Bay Packers 135-120-1 .529
Detroit Lions 135-121 .527
San Diego Chargers 132-123-1 .518
Miami Dolphins 126-130 .492
New York Jets 125-131 .488
Buffalo Bills 124-131-1 .486
Washington 122-133-1 .478
New York Giants 122-133-1 .478
New England Patriots 122-134 .477
Philadelphia Eagles 121-134-1 .475
Dallas Cowboys 119-136-1 .467
Jacksonville Jaguars 118-137-1 .463
Tennessee Titans 111-144-1 .435
Carolina Panthers 111-145 .434
New Orleans Saints 109-145-2 .429
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 108-146-2 .425
Houston Texans 106-148-2 .417
Indianapolis Colts 106-149-1 .417
Atlanta Falcons 104-150-2 .409