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2014 Season: San Francisco 49ers Have Fourth-Hardest Schedule


Based on the records of the San Francisco 49ers’ 2014 opponents, they will have the fourth-hardest schedule in the NFL next season. Getting back to the playoffs was not going to be an easy task for the 49ers. However, despite having one of the toughest schedules and the Seattle Seahawks in their division, the Niners will advance to the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

The 49ers will face eight teams in the upcoming season that either finished first or second place in their respective divisions in 2013. Six games will be against teams that made the postseason last year: Seahawks (twice), Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.

Here is the full breakdown of all 32 NFL teams and their opponents winning percentage from last season:

1. Oakland Raiders – .578

2. Denver Broncos – .570

3. St. Louis Rams – .564

4. San Diego Chargers – .563

4. San Francisco 49ers – .563

6. Seattle Seahawks – .561

7. Kansas City Chiefs – .559

8. Arizona Cardinals – .547

9. New York Jets – .520

10. New England Patriots – .516

11. Atlanta Falcons – .512

12. Miami Dolphins – .508

13. Green Bay Packers – .504

14. Buffalo Bills – .500

15. Chicago Bears – .496

16. Detroit Lions – .492

17. Washington Redskins – .490

18. Dallas Cowboys – .488

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – .484

20. Philadelphia Eagles – .479

21. Minnesota Vikings – .477

22. Carolina Panthers – .473

23. Cincinnati Bengals – .469

23. New Orleans Saints – .469

23. Pittsburgh Steelers – .469

26. Cleveland Browns – .465

26. New York Giants – .465

28. Baltimore Ravens – .461

29. Jacksonville Jaguars – .453

30. Houston Texans – .441

31. Tennessee Titans – .438

32. Indianapolis Colts – .430

Yes, you read that right. The cross Bay Raiders have the toughest schedule in 2014. All three of the Raiders’ division opponents made the playoffs last season and had at least nine wins or more. The Niners will be one of the teams traveling to Oakland for a regular season matchup.

The top-eight teams with the hardest schedules in 2014 are from the NFC and AFC West.  Clearly, the power in the NFL has shifted to the Left Coast. The 49ers are tied with the Chargers for fourth and rank second in their division for strongest schedule in the NFL.

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