Saints played 10th-toughest schedule in NFL this past season

Saints played 10th-toughest schedule in NFL this past season

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SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 11: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints is sacked by defensive end Cliff Avril #56 and defensive end Michael Bennett #72 of the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


Posted on February 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 8:27 AM

Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter
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The NFL released its full first-round draft selection chart Tuesday and, if you thought the Saints had a tough schedule, you were right.

Only nine teams played opponents who combined to win more games than the Saints’ opponents did this past season.

In all, New Orleans’ opponents went 132-124, a winning percentage of 51.6.

But the Saints had the third-toughest schedule in the NFC South. Both Tampa Bay and Atlanta faced a rougher 16-game stretch.

Tampa Bay played the league’s toughest schedule, its opponents winning 57.4 percent of their games. It’s part of the reason the Bucs went 4-12.

Atlanta, meanwhile, faced opponents who went 141-114.

Houston was next at 55.9 percent. Again, it was a part of why the Texans finished 2-14 and own the No. 1 overall pick in May’s draft.

Meanwhile, Kansas City played the easiest schedule, its opponents winning 44.5 percent of their games.


  • Atlanta: No.6 pick, .553 opponent percentage (141-114)
  • Carolina: No. 28 pick, .494 opponent percentage (126-129)
  • New Orleans: No. 27 pick, .516 opponent percentage (132-124)
  • Tampa Bay: No.7 pick, .574 opponent percentage (147-109)

Correction: The story originally said the Saints' schedule was the ninth-toughest. In the original story, St. Louis was mistakenly not counted.