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The NFL, has released the strength of schedule for the 2009 season in advance of the league unveiling the actual date and times for each of the 32 member clubs Tuesday evening in a  prime time special on NFL Network.

The Buccaneers come in with the fifth toughest schedule on paper going off of last seasons data, but as we all know anything can happen once the games are played.

The Bucs will play seven playoff teams from 2008 and have ten games against teams that posted winning records in 2008, along with thirteen games against teams that went 500 of better.

The other interesting fact is that all four of the NFC South teams managed to be in the top eighth when it comes to having the toughest schedules for 2009.

The following list is ranked in order of toughest to easiest.

1 Miami Dolphins
2 Carolina Panthers
3 New England Patriots
4 Atlanta Falcons
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6 Buffalo Bills
7 New York Jets
8 New Orleans Saints
9 Philadelphia Eagles
10 New York Giants
11t Dallas Cowboys
11t Jacksonville Jaguars
13 Indianapolis Colts
14 Tennessee Titans
15 Houston Texans
16 Washington Redskins
17t Kansas City Chiefs
17t San Diego Chargers
19t Denver Broncos
19t Oakland Raiders
21 Detroit Lions
22t Cincinnati Bengals
22t St. Louis Rams
24 Seattle Seahawks
25 Cleveland Browns
26 San Francisco 49ers
27 Arizona Cardinals
28 Baltimore Ravens
29 Pittsburgh Steelers
30 Green Bay Packers
31 Minnesota Vikings
32 Chicago Bears


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#1 : April 13, 2009, 10:08:19 PM

Top 3 pick here we go!

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#2 : April 13, 2009, 10:12:22 PM

Every year some teams fall and some teams rise... not saying our team will rise, but strength of schedule can be deceiving.


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#3 : April 13, 2009, 10:13:54 PM

That means nothing.   Teams change so much each year these days, nobody really knows the strength of schedule until the end of the year now.  

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#4 : April 13, 2009, 10:23:19 PM

It's nice to know that the Panthers and Falcons are ahead of us.


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#5 : April 13, 2009, 11:07:43 PM

Going to be a long, long year imo, especially if Luke is not the answer.


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#6 : April 13, 2009, 11:35:25 PM

Its sink or swim with Luke this year.  If he does good he stays if not we will be selecting a QB at the top of round 1 next year.

Bring back GRUDEN!!!

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#7 : April 14, 2009, 12:14:52 AM

With their new QB in tow, the Bears seem to have an easy ride ahead.

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#8 : April 14, 2009, 12:23:55 AM

Let's not worry about strength of schedule.  Let's just worry about winning our division.  All the teams in our division pretty much have the same opponents, that's why they're all relatively close - we play NFC East and AFC East next year, isn't that correct?  Let's just worry about our division.  Yes, we've got two of the toughest divisions to face, but the reality is we just have to win our division to get into the playoffs. 

If a bear comes chasing after you and a buddy, you don't have to run faster than the bear, you just have to run faster than your buddy!

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#9 : April 14, 2009, 06:33:50 AM

Or by division

NFCS
AFCE
NFCE
AFCS
AFCW
NFCW
AFCC
NFCC


The fluke appears to be Detroit-ranked 21st and all the rest of the NFCC in the last 3 spots.

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#10 : April 14, 2009, 07:23:30 AM

Like I've been saying, even if last year's team had come back completely intact with no coaching change, we'd still be looking at a long season.

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#11 : April 14, 2009, 07:52:35 AM

The fluke appears to be Detroit-ranked 21st and all the rest of the NFCC in the last 3 spots.

Yeah but the NFCC gets to play DET so they have 2 games vs a team with 32 total losses. Since SoS is based on the W-L of the teams you play that is a huge. You would like to figure out what those team's SoS is w/o the DET factor dragging them down.

All posts are opinions in case you are too stupid to figure that out on your own without me saying it over and over.

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#12 : April 14, 2009, 07:59:25 AM

Like I've been saying, even if last year's team had come back completely intact with no coaching change, we'd still be looking at a long season.

I don't agree.   I think the Bucs would have traded for Cutler, signed Haynesworth and would be en route to a possible superbowl victory.

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#13 : April 14, 2009, 08:19:03 AM

Guess we'll never know.

Don't feel it would have made any difference who he GM was/is.

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#14 : April 14, 2009, 08:46:29 AM

2010 QB's....take your pick (unless we are the worst team in football in 2009 we dont sniff a chance at Bradford so looks more at the Snead, Clausen, Tebow, McCoy range)

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 Sam Bradford*, Oklahoma
Height: 6-4. Weight: 214.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2010): Top 3 Pick.
1/13/09: I felt as though Sam Bradford needed a great game against Florida in the UPS-sponsored final winter practice game to surpass Matt Stafford in these rankings. Bradford went 26-of-41 for 257 yards and two touchdowns, but also tossed two picks. Because Stafford has a more powerful arm (and thus higher upside) he remains No. 1 on this list.

12/20/08: Of all the quarterbacks eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft, Sam Bradford is the guy who seems to have that special "it." The 2008 Heisman winner, Bradford commanded the best offense the nation has ever seen, throwing for 4,464 yards, 48 touchdowns and just six picks. He completed 68.3 percent of his passes with an amazing 10.1 YPA.

Jevan Snead*, Ole Miss
Height: 6-3. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.66.
Projected Round (2010): Top 25 Pick.
2/4/09: Along with Michael Oher, Greg Hardy and Peria Jerry, Jevan Sneed was a major reason for Ole Miss' recent success. Sneed threw for 2,762 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 picks as a sophomore. He also had an 8.4 YPA. His completion percentage of 56.3 is his only blemish.

 Tim Tebow, Florida
Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
Projected Round (2010): 1-2.
12/20/08: Everyone knows what sort of an athlete Tim Tebow is. Even if he fails at quarterback, he still has a spot in the league. His greatest challenge will be adjusting from the spread offense to a pro-style attack. But many spread quarterbacks have been taken in the first round, including another Urban Meyer product (Alex Smith). Tebow has a much higher ceiling than the small-handed Smith, who was a fumbling machine waiting to happen.

 Colt McCoy, Texas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2010): 1-2.
1/13/09: Colt McCoy lit up Ohio State's slow defense in the Cool Ranch Doritos Fiesta Bowl, going 41-of-59 for 414 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.

12/20/08: With a completion percentage of 77.6, a YPA of 9.2, a passing touchdown-to-interception ratio of 32 to 7, 576 rushing yards and 10 rushing scores, many can argue that Colt McCoy should have won the Heisman.

10/12/08: Forget the sophomore slump. Colt McCoy is red-hot this season. His completion percentage is a shade off 80! He has 17 touchdowns and just three picks. His YPA is 9.9. He was brilliant against Oklahoma, going 28-of-35, 277 yards and a score.

 Jimmy Clausen*, Notre Dame
Height: 6-3. Weight: 217.
Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
Projected Round (2010): 2.
2/4/09: Jimmy Clausen was much more successful as a sophomore than in his troubling freshman year. Clausen threw for 3,172 yards and 25 touchdowns, and maintained a solid 7.2 YPA. However, he tossed 17 picks as well. That number must decrease

 Pat Devlin*, Delaware
Height: 6-4. Weight: 220.
Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
Projected Round (2010): 2.
2/4/09: Pat Devlin doesn't have much playing experience, thanks to Darryl Clark, but he possesses a rocket arm. He transferred over to Delaware in hopes of becoming the next Joe Flacco.


 Tim Hiller, Western Michigan
Height: 6-5. Weight: 228.
Projected 40 Time: 4.94.
Projected Round (2010): 2-3.
2/4/09: While Tim Hiller started and played OK as a sophomore, he really stepped it up in 2008, throwing for 3,725 yards, 36 touchdowns and just 10 picks. Hiller also maintained a 64.9 completion percentage and a 7.1 YPA.

Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.62.
Projected Round (2010): 3.
2/4/09: Zac Robinson registered 3,064 yards, 25 touchdowns and just 10 picks in a prolific season for Oklahoma State. Robinson also completed 65 percent of his passes and maintained an amazing 9.8 YPA.

 Dan LeFevour*, Central Michigan
Height: 6-3. Weight: 226.
Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
Projected Round (2010): 4.
2/4/09: Dan LeFevour threw for 2,784 yards, 21 touchdowns and just six picks as a junior. He also rushed for 592yards. His YPA (7.4) and completion percentage (66.8) were both pretty solid.

 Jake Locker*, Washington
Height: 6-3. Weight: 223.
Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
Projected Round (2010): 4-5.
2/4/09: A lost season for Jake Locker, who broke his thumb. In four games, he struggled, throwing for 512 yards and one touchdown, maintaining an awful YPA of 5.5.

 Juice Williams, Illinois
Height: 6-2. Weight: 233.
Projected 40 Time: 4.67.
Projected Round (2010): 4-5.
2/4/09: I'm still listing Juice Williams here, but he'll most likely play another position in the NFL. Williams heaved 16 interceptions and had just a 57.5 completion percentage. On the bright side, he threw for 3,173 yards and 22 touchdowns, maintained an 8.3 YPA and rushed for 719 more yards.

 Jarrett Brown, West Virginia
Height: 6-4. Weight: 220.
Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
Projected Round (2010): 4-5.
2/4/09: Will get the full-time job now that Pat White is gone. Jarrett Brown attempted just 30 passes in 2008, maintaining a laughable 3.8 YPA. In 2007, White had 48 attempts (31-of-48, 341 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs). Something Brown definitely has over White is size (White is 6-0, 190).


 Daryll Clark, Penn State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 231.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2010): 5.
2/4/09: A strong-armed quarterback who can move the chains with his legs. Daryll Clark threw for 2,597 yards, 19 touchdowns and six picks as a first-year starter. His YPA (8.1) was very impressive.

 Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic
Height: 6-5. Weight: 230.
Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
Projected Round (2010): 5.
2/4/09: Rusty Smith compiled 3,224 yards, 24 touchdowns and 14 picks as a junior. However, his 53.8 completion percentage isn't going to get it done.

 Tony Pike, Cincinnati
Height: 6-6. Weight: 225.
Projected 40 Time: 4.81.
Projected Round (2010): 5-6.
2/4/09: Tony Pike missed some action with a broken forearm. Still, he was able to manage 2,407 yards, 19 touchdowns, 11 picks, 61.4 completion percentage and 7.4 YPA.

 Max Hall, BYU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 201.
Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
Projected Round (2010): 6.
2/4/09: Max Hall had a prolific year for BYU, throwing for 3,957 yards and 35 touchdowns. His completion percentage (69.2) and YPA (8.3) were also outstanding. However, Hall looks like another BYU system quarterback who won't pan out in the NFL.


 Ryan Perrilloux, Jacksonville State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 222.
Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
Projected Round (2010): 6-7.
2/4/09: Ryan Perrilloux predictably played well at Jacksonville State, throwing for 2,318 yards and 19 touchdowns, and also rushing for 368 yards and seven more scores. Surprisingly, he wasn't arrested all year.

 Joe Cox, Georgia
Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2010): 7.
2/4/09: Joe Cox will take over for Matt Stafford next year. He had just 15 pass attempts in 2008, but completed 11 of them for 151 yards (10.1 YPA) and two touchdowns.


 Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington
Height: 6-2. Weight: 220.
Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
Projected Round (2010): 7-FA.
7/24/08: Matt Nichols put up prolific numbers at Division 1-AA Eastern Washington as a sophomore (3,744 yards, 34 TDs, 9 INTs), but he didn't play any BCS competition, so we don't really know what he's made of just yet.

 Kyle Reed, San Jose State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
Projected Round (2010): FA.
2/4/09: A pretty mediocre junior campaign: Kyle Reed had 1,537 yards, nine touchdowns, six picks and a pedestrian 6.1 YPA.

 Riley Skinner, Wake Forest
Height: 6-1. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
Projected Round (2010): FA.
2/4/09: Riley Skinner finished with 2,347 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven picks as a junior. His 6.5 YPA leaves much to be desired.

 Todd Reesing, Kansas
Height: 5-11. Weight: 200.
Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
Projected Round (2010): FA.
2/4/09: Once again put up outstanding stats - 3,880 yards, 32 touchdowns, 13 picks, 66.5 completion and 7.8 YPA.


 Matt Grothe, South Florida
Height: 6-0. Weight: 210.
Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
Projected Round (2010): FA.
2/4/09: Matt Grothe could be successful in the NFL... just like my dog could start speaking German to me right now. Grothe threw for 2,911 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 picks in a very pedestrian junior campaign.

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