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Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by DarrylS, May 29, 2019.

  1. DarrylS

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    As Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins continue to flounder, a Washington Post sports scribe came up with the idea of using a metric of projected point spread in the 2019 season to determine the difficulty of the Patriots Schedule.. all of this before TC, preseason, injuries and roster adjustments.. "Projected Preseason Point Spreads"??? WTF...

    They need to do something to justify their existence and salaries..

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/spor...hedule-third-year-row/?utm_term=.e2075a487e35

     
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    'cause they don't have to play the Patriots. So unfair!
     
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    I remember someone posting a breakdown of the AFCE division records which showed that it wasn’t nearly as bad as many think, but I don’t remember what thread it was in.

    And I agree that this article about using point spreads to try and determine SOS is ridiculous.
     
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    The title and conclusion are misleading. He bases the “easiest schedule” on the fact they are favored to win in every game except for one. There are two factors that lead Vegas to think a team will win. How weak the opponent is and how strong your team is. If the Jets switched schedules with the pats they would not be favored to win every game. Plus let’s face it, the pats will be favored to beat any team in the league at home and all but two or three on the road.
     
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    moosekill Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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    If the title was, Vegas thinks the Patriots are the strongest team, or the Patriots have the best chance to have the best record it would be fine. Rather he implies that they have the easiest schedule, ie play the weakest teams, which isn’t true.
     
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    It really is ridiculous to ignore the most important factor in the calculation - the expected strength of the Patriots team. But I guess it draws clicks and perpetuates myths.
     
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    Go figure, the tuna fish have the third hardest schedule based on this writer’s weak premise, but they play the same weak conferences as the patriots? Maybe it’s because the tuna are projected to suck big time....sorry I wasted one of my free reads at the post on this.
     
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    Easy explanation: they play us; we play them.
     
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    Wow, that’s really dumb.
     
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    They actually pay people to write this tripe.
     
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    Patriots = Bad, lucky, cheating, lying. Blah, blah, blah, again.

    Best organization in all of sports. Hands down. Period.
     
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    Wah wah.

    I have no patience with stupid people and this guy is stupid. The Pats play 6 games every year against the AFC East. That's a given. The other three AFC East teams look worse than they are because they play the Pats twice. That's logic.

    The Pats then play 8 games against two other divisions, same as the other three teams in the AFC East, so that's a wash.

    The Pats' last two games are against the remaining two AFC DIVISION WINNERS, while the other AFC East teams play the teams in those other two AFC divisions who finished equal to them in place.

    In short, the Pats have the exact same schedule as the other AFC East teams, except they have to play each other twice and the Pats play the previous year's best team in the two AFC 1-play divisions.

    So unless you count the head-to-heads, which should logically be a wash when determining strength of schedule, the Pats can have no better than the 4th easiest schedule in the league any year they win the AFC East.
     
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    Of course we have an easy schedule compared to the other 31: We never have to play the Patriots.
     
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    I feel dumber now that I’ve read that, and that’s hard to do...

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    Here's the article.

    The Myth of the Easy AFC East, the Definitive Guide | Patriots Dynasty

    Whenever some writer uses the words "easy AFC East" or "AFC East is the worst division in football", that writer deserves to be bombarded with links to this article.

    Division records since 2000:
    AFC East -- 653-595-0 -- .523
    NFC East -- 634-612-2 -- .508

    Division records, excluding division winner, since 2000:
    AFC East -- 428-516-0 -- .453
    NFC East -- 421-521-2 -- .446



    A few previous discussions on the subject:

    Mythbusting: Patriots benefit from a weak division?

    The Myth of the Easy AFC East: The Definitive Guide

    Debunking the "AFC East Sucks" Fallacy - More Dumb Numbers (stats)
     
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    The degree of stupidity on display in that piece is exceeded only by the arrogance of the author's attempt to have anyone swallow its absurd premise. Holy s###, is that a load of garbage...
     
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    I am so sick n tired of this crap argument.

    If the Patriots were a paper tiger they would have always crashed n burned in the playoffs vs better teams home or on the road.

    Good teams win in the playoffs. Pretenders don't.
     
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    I will say though that I get an enormous amount of pleasure and satisfaction from the fact that our ass kickery of the NFL for the last 15-20 years has completely mind (censored) the league that now the media are producing piece of crap evidence/research like this to put us down. Makes me grin from ear to ear.
     
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    This. We know their SoS is already skewed because of having us on the schedule and vice versa. It goes even beyond that.

    We often repeat opponents from the previous year that we beat, leading them to a worse record. Here are the repeat opponents from last year:

    Buffalo - 0-2
    NY Jete - 0-2
    Miami - 1-1
    Pittsburgh - 1-0
    Houston - 0-1
    Kansas City - 0-1

    So that’s a 2-7 opponent record from 2018 because these teams played NE, and this is similar every year.

    Patriots play a first place schedule every year. It’s absurd to argue they have the actual easiest schedule, and they wouldn’t if they didn’t directly effect the w/l percentage by virtue of their own previous year’s performance.
     
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