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NFL strength of schedule 2018: Raiders have league’s third easiest schedule

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Baltimore Ravens v Oakland Raiders Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

We’ve gotten used to the Raiders having among the toughest schedules in the league for a while. Much of that has to do with how tough the AFC West has been combined with facing some tough divisions. Well, it looks like both those areas have changed this season.

The entire AFC West is among the bottom easiest schedules in the league with the Raiders landing tied with the Bengals for the third easiest schedule in the league, with an opponent 2017 winning percentage of .473. Only the Titans (.465) and Texans (.453) have easier schedules.

This year the AFC West was a combined 30-34 last season. They face the AFC North (29-35) and NFC West (34-30). With the Raiders finishing third and in the division, they face the third place finishers in the AFC East (Dolphins) and AFC South (Colts). That leaves the Raiders facing just three 2017 playoff teams — the Chiefs, Steelers, and Rams — and six winning teams including the Chargers, Ravens, Seahawks.

See the Raiders full home and away opponents here.

Here is the entire ranking of strength of schedule according numbers collected by CBS Sports with 2017 opponent wins-losses and winning percentage.

1 Green Bay Packers 138-118 0.539

T-2 Detroit Lions 137-119 0.535

T-2 New Orleans Saints 137-119 0.535

4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 136-120 0.531

T-5 Cleveland Browns 134-122 0.523

T-5 Los Angeles Rams 134-122 0.523

T-5 Seattle Seahawks 134-122 0.523

T-8 Arizona Cardinals 133-123 0.520

T-8 Chicago Bears 133-123 0.520

T-8 Minnesota Vikings 133-123 0.520

T-8 New York Giants 133-123 0.520

12 Carolina Panthers 131-125 0.512

13 Atlanta Falcons 130-126 0.509

14 Washington 129-127 0.504

T-15 San Francisco 49ers 128-128 0.500

T-15 Dallas Cowboys 128-128 0.500

T-15 Miami Dolphins 128-128 0.500

18 Buffalo Bills 127-129 0.496

T-19 Philadelphia Eagles 126-130 0.492

T-19 Kansas City Chiefs 126-130 0.492

21 Baltimore Ravens 125-131 0.488

T-22 New England Patriots 124-132 0.484

T-22 Indianapolis Colts 124-132 0.484

24 Los Angeles Chargers 123-133 0.480

T-25 New York Jets 122-134 0.477

T-25 Pittsburgh Steelers 122-134 0.477

T-25 Jacksonville Jaguars 122-134 0.477

T-25 Denver Broncos 122-134 0.477

T-29 Cincinnati Bengals 121-135 0.473

T-29 Oakland Raiders 121-135 0.473

31 Tennessee Titans 119-137 0.465

32 Houston Texans 116-140 0.453