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Browns Final Strength of Schedule Range (Important in Draft Tie Breakers)


Earlier we looked at possible 2014 NFL Draft Scenarios as Week 17 approaches. For the Cleveland Browns their hopes of a high draft pick rely on a loss to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers as well as games involving 5 other teams that have either 3 or 4 wins. Following that Strength of Schedule (SOS) is used to break any ties. The Browns enter this week with SOS of .520 which places them directly in the middle of the 5 teams tied with 4 wins. Week 17 is full of many interesting games but interestingly enough only 2 games could impact the Browns SOS. Because all games are divisional games in Week 17 most of the Browns opponents for the season are playing each other, all expect the Kansas City Chiefs and the Jacksonville Jaguars who play opponents the Browns did not play this year. In each of the other games a Win and a Loss will be added to the Browns SOS. Below is a chart of the Worst Case (Chiefs and Jags win) and Best Case (Both teams lose) for the Browns SOS:

Opponets Current Record Worst Case Best Case
Dolphins 8 7 9 7 9 7
Ravens 8 7 9 7 9 7
Ravens 8 7 9 7 9 7
Vikings 4 10 5 10 5 10
Bengals 10 5 10 6 10 6
Bengals 10 5 10 6 10 6
Bills 6 9 7 9 7 9
Lions 7 8 7 9 7 9
Packers 7 7 8 7 8 7
Chiefs 11 4 12 4 11 5
Steelers 7 8 8 8 8 8
Steelers 8 8 8 8
Jaguars 4 11 5 11 4 12
Patriots 11 4 11 5 11 5
Bears 8 7 8 8 8 8
Jets 7 8 7 9 7 9
Totals 116 107 133 121 131 123
SOS 0.524 0.516

So the Browns will end up with a SOS between .516 and .524. Based on the current records and SOS the Browns would remain squarely in the middle of the current 5 team tie with that range of SOS.

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