NFL teams and football fans everywhere are having a difficult time taking the Atlanta Falcons seriously. At 2-1 and in sole possession of first place in the competitive NFC South, the Falcons don't exactly strike fear into the hearts of fan bases nationwide. But that could change dramatically in the weeks ahead. Why? Because three games into the 2016 season, the Falcons still apparently boast the most difficult strength of schedule.
Remaining strength of schedule (determined by opponents average MAVPY index) for each NFL team. Browns and Lions saw the biggest changes. pic.twitter.com/G425SoP3ny— Ethan Young (@NFLDrafter) September 28, 2016
Ethan Young is a football data analyst for Inside the Pylon. He's a pretty knowledgable guy and MAVPY (Modified Approximate Value Per Year) is his brainchild. In short, from an objective, purely statistical perspective, the Falcons have a tough road ahead.