Saints’ remaining strength of schedule rated 11th easiest in NFL

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Check out this chart from ESPN’s Mike Clay, who ranked all 32 teams’ strength of schedule with their remaining opponents. And that benefits the New Orleans Saints in a big way: they’ve got his 11th-easiest remaining road to go. Not too shabby.

Of the Saints’ 14 remaining games, only 6 of them are scheduled against teams that currently have a winning record. That includes their two-game series with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) in Weeks 8 and 15, a Week 10 road game with the Tennessee Titans (2-1), the Week 12 Thanksgiving night game against the Buffalo Bills (2-1) and the following week’s Thursday away game with the Dallas Cowboys (2-1), and a pivotal Week 17 home game versus the Carolina Panthers (3-0).

Then again, this is only a projection. Any team can win in the NFL on any given Sunday no matter the odds, and the Saints shouldn’t take that for granted. They’ve been surprised by seemingly-weak opponents before. Let’s hope they remain focused on each week’s matchup and prepare accordingly.

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