2021 NFL Schedule Week 18: A Ride of Football Thrill

You must have been waiting for week 18 of NFL season 2021 (2021 NFL Schedule) as it is going to be the major one among others. Before getting week 18 started, all the 17 would have already been finished which means it would be a lot more to discuss during that time. This is the 102nd season of the National Football League-NFL. We are already well aware of this fact. In this article, we will not talk about what is already been in the spotlight. Let’s explore something that has not been enlightened much so that you would have gained a lot more knowledge than before. As it’s important to know what is interesting and different NFL has to offer that is significant for the fans.

The paramount modification by the NFL is after playing for 42 years with a 16-game schedule it has now converted into a 17-game schedule for this year. Pittsburgh Steelers is the only team that is regretting their decision of voting for the expansion of the season the reason behind this must be the probable facing the league’s most challenging strength of schedule in 2021. The claim is based upon the year 2020, Steelers will go into 2021 along with the strength of schedule .574 that serves the difficult season and making them one of only 2 teams in the NFL season, with the Ravens that would result in strengthening the schedule above .550.

Right now, the most crucial thing for Steelers is to get their offensive line situation patterned out as soon as possible as they will face a harsh schedule including 10 games against playoff teams from the recent season. Then comes the Packers, it has the 4 most difficult schedules, the only team in the NFL who is scheduled to play 10 games against the playoffs from the recent year. They could best possibly hope for Aaron Rodgers to stick with them. 

The team that got the easiest schedule this season is the Eagles all thanks to a .430 strength of the schedule. It is the only team that has the strength of the schedule below .450.

For Philadelphia’s the schedule is quite easy because they play 3 games against teams that finish above .500. Alongside, the Eagles also tend to play 5 games against playoffs.  

Now you might be thinking about the Super Bowl team that has an opening of acquiring the big game back? It’s the Buccaneers and the reason is them facing the 4th easiest schedule. For the Chief’s they have the 11th toughest schedule this NFL season. 

What change could take place after the addition of the 17th game?

The most prominent thing that happens after adding the 17th game is that they now comprise the true first-place schedule. The 2021 NFL Schedule has been made the same for everywhere from 2002 to 2020, no matter if they are playing the ‘’first-place schedule’’ or the ‘’last place schedule’’. Individually all the teams played 4 games against the team that finishes in the first place, 4 games against the team that finishes in second place, the same with the team that finishes third, and 4 games with the team that acquires the last place. 

After the addition of the 17th game, the team obtaining first place will play 5 first-place teams that exhibit that it’s rare to see any division winner along with the easy schedule.  For the last year, the team that had the easiest schedule was the Ravens even after they were claimed to have the ‘’first-place schedule’’. Teams got the advantage from the 17-game formulas as now it’s rarely possible that a team that plays the first-place schedule will get quipped the easiest strength of the league’s schedule once again. Bills rank 23rd overall and have the easiest schedule among others. Now let’s discuss the last place schedule this year. The team that has scored the greatest win with not so difficult schedule is the Eagles. On the other side, the Lions and Bengals have the 6th toughest strength of the schedule. 

The teams that were sustained with the 16-game formula were Jaguars, Falcons, and Texans. For the 16-game schedule, the Jaguars had the 11th most difficult schedule comparatively. Now they are having the 18th most challenging slate. In terms of the Texans then they have dropped from 10th most challenging schedule to 15th most challenging schedule and for the Falcons, they have the 3rd easiest schedule under the new 17-game formula.

In order to measure the strength of the schedule, there’s no particular way to be followed. It cant be anticipated before the season starts off. Rosters have been changing with the situations and will continue changing with the future circumstances as well. 

All strength of the schedule can do is to serve a rough idea about what the team you adore the most is going to face in the season. Here is the ranking of the 2021 strength of schedule for every team. It is assembled with the record of the last year-2020, includes all the 17 opponents, with winning percentile. 

RANKTEAMOPPONENTS-ASSEMBLED RECORD-2020OPPONENTS-ASSEMBLED 2020WIN PERCENTILE
1Steelers 155-115-2.574
2Ravens152-118-2.563
3Bears152-118-2.550
4Packers 147-124-1.542
5Vikings 144-127-1.531
T-6Bengals 144-128.529
T-6Lions 143-127-2.529
8Raiders 142-128-2.526
9Browns 140-1302.518
10Rams 140-132.515
T-11Chief’s 138-132-2.511
T-11Seahawks 139-133.511
T-13Titans 138-134.507
T-13Cardinals 138-134.507
T-15Washington 136-134-2.504
T-15Texans 137-135.504
17Chargers 133-137-2.493
18Jaguars 133-138-1.491
T-1949ers 132-138-2.489
T-19Jets 132-138-2.489
T-19Patriots 133-139.489
22Saints 131-140-1.483
T-23Bills 130-142.478
25Colts 130-142.478
26Giants 128-143-1.472
T-27Broncos 127-143-2.471
T-27Dolphins 128-144.471
29Buccaneers 126-145-1.465
30Falcons 123-148-1.454
31Cowboys 122-148-2.452
32Eagles117-155.430

Now let’s get to the NFL 2021 schedule week 18:

NFL 2021 SCHEDULE WEEK 18

SUNDAY, JANUARY 9TH

Dallas Cowboys@Philadelphia Eagles

LocationLincoln Financial Field
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Schedule time 11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

Green Bay Packers@Detroit Lions

Location Ford Field
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Schedule time11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

Indianapolis Colts@Jacksonville jaguars

Location TIAA Bank Field 
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Schedule time 11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

Washington Football Team@New York Giants

Location MetLife Stadium
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Schedule time 11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

Chicago Bears@Minnesota Vikings

Location U.S. Bank Stadium
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Schedule time 11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

Carolina Panthers@Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Location Raymond James Stadium
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Schedule time 11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

New England Patriots@Miami Dolphins

Location Hard Rock Stadium
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Schedule time11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

New Orleans Saints@Atlanta Falcons

Location Mercedes-Benz Stadium
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Schedule time11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

Tennessee Titans@Houston Texans

Location NRG Stadium
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Schedule time 11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

Pittsburgh Steelers@Baltimore Ravens

Location M&T Bank Stadium
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Schedule time 11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

New York Jets@Buffalo Bills

Location Highmark Stadium 
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Schedule time 11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

Cincinnati Bengals@Cleveland Browns

Location FirstEnergy Stadium
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Schedule time 11:30 PM GMT + 5:30

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 10TH

Los Angeles Chargers@Las Vegas Raiders

Location Allegiant Stadium
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Schedule time 2:55 AM GMT + 5:30

San Francisco 49ers@Los Angeles Rams

Location SoFi Stadium
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Schedule time2:55 AM GMT + 5:30

Kansas City Chiefs@Denver Broncos

Location Empower Field at Mile High
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Schedule time 2:55 AM GMT + 5:30

Seattle Seahwaks@Arizona Cardinals

Location State Farm Stadium
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Schedule time 2:55 AM GMT + 5:30

You are all covered with the NFL 2021 schedule week 18. Alongside now you all know about the massive change of the 17-game formula and what impact will it have on the teams or the game itself. Enjoy all the games!

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