NFL Strength of Schedule: Bucs have fifth-toughest 2014 slate of opponents

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It's not easy being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: by one measure, they have the fifth-toughest 2014 schedule.

Going by last year's records, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a middling schedule, per ESPN. That's not a very good measure, so it's not all that informative. More interesting is NFL Trade Rumors' approach of looking at each team's Vegas odds. That method gives the Bucs the fifth-toughest schedule, behind the Cardinals, Seahawks, Rams and Raiders.

Of course, looking at strength of schedule in February is relatively meaningless. Not only is last year's win percentage a poor indicator of the quality of this year's teams, free agency hasn't even started yet. Injuries, random drama and sudden drop-offs due to age or whatever other reason will occur, and they'll drive down that strength of schedule.

For reference, here's the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 schedule.

Home Away
New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints
Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers
Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons
Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions
Baltimore Ravens Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Rams Washington Redskins

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