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  1. Bears: Phil Emery elevates expectations

    Kevin Seifert

    It's too bad the networks can't flex-schedule press conferences. Because Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery gave one of the most expansive and content-rich pressers in recent memory at a time -- New Years' morning -- when many Bears fans and pe...

    Blog | January 01, 2013
  2. Tough schedules for Lions, Vikings

    Kevin Seifert

    Strength of schedule, the combined winning percentage of future opponents, is the most relative statistic imaginable -- especially in the first half of an NFL season. It changes weekly, the numbers fluctuate wildly and it serves only as an estimate o...

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  3. Minnesota Vikings schedule analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Breakdown: The Minnesota Vikings' schedule reflects low expectations for their 2012 season. They'll have one prime-time game, a Thursday night matchup in Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 13 of their other 15 games are scheduled for the ea...

    Blog | April 17, 2012
  4. DraftWatch: Vikings currently at No. 3

    Kevin Seifert

    As we've discussed, the NFL breaks ties in its draft order by reversing strength of schedule. The team who has the weaker strength of schedule get priority, and for the moment at least, that's why the St. Louis Rams are running second based on 13 wee...

    Blog | December 05, 2011
  5. Lockout'11: Bears' London trip seems likely

    Kevin Seifert

    The exact day of approval for the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), be it Thursday or Friday or next week -- is largely irrelevant for most of us. But it's worth pointing out the timing is critical for the schedule of one NFC North team. We'v...

    Blog | July 21, 2011
  6. Minnesota Vikings schedule analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Breakdown: If the Minnesota Vikings open the season with a rookie quarterback, he'll at least have the comfort of playing two of his first three games at home. The Vikings would open the season at the San Diego Chargers, but then they would return fo...

    Blog | April 19, 2011
  7. Green Bay Packers schedule analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Breakdown: The Packers would have four prime-time games, including three on NBC's Sunday Night Football and one on ESPN's Monday night Football, along with a fifth national time slot against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. Further, five other ...

    Blog | April 19, 2011
  8. Chicago Bears schedule analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Breakdown: The first thing I noticed was the imbalance of home games. Last season there was heightened discussion of the Solider Field grass, and the Bears' steadfast refusal to convert to artificial turf. I'm sure it's only a coincidence that the B...

    Blog | April 19, 2011
  9. Detroit Lions schedule analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Breakdown: Figures. The NFL gave the Detroit Lions their first prime-time game in five years, a Week 5 game at Ford Field against the Chicago Bears. But piled in front is a difficult first opening quarter of the season. Put it this way: The Lions wou...

    Blog | April 19, 2011
  10. Aug. 1 key date in Bears' trip to London

    Kevin Seifert

    The NFL has confirmed one snippet of its presumptive 2011 schedule -- an NFC North snippet, naturally -- and will announce the rest of its would-be slate Tuesday night. The Chicago Bears' previously reported game in London against the Tampa Bay Bu...

    Blog | April 18, 2011
  11. NFL in tight spot on Bears' game in London

    Kevin Seifert

    Earlier Tuesday, we got a glimpse of what the 2011 preseason would look like if the NFL lifts its lockout. We're expecting the NFL's full regular season schedule sometime in the next few weeks, but ESPN 1000's Carmen DeFalco is reporting one NFC Nort...

    Blog | April 12, 2011
  12. Strength of schedule in 2010 and 2011

    Kevin Seifert

    OK now. For those of you who caught the earlier version of this post, we need to clarify that ESPN Stats & Information has provided us with the 2011 strength of schedule (SOS) based on 2010 results. As we've discussed before, this information is ...

    Blog | January 05, 2011
  13. DraftWatch: The Lions and No. 1

    Kevin Seifert

    As we've discussed before, ties for NFL draft order are broken using reverse order of strength of schedule. We can't determine the final numbers until the season is over, but I think we can say this with some certainty: Detroit remains in the running...

    Blog | December 31, 2009
  14. Packers schedule analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    Posted by's Kevin Seifert Breakdown: Despite last year's 6-10 record, the Packers will play five nationally-televised games -- including a Sunday night game Sept. 13 against Chicago and a Monday night game Oct. 5 at Minnesota. (The f...

    Blog | April 14, 2009
  15. Taking it easy in 2009

    Kevin Seifert

    Posted by's Kevin Seifert The end of the NFL season gave my colleagues over in ESPN Stats & Information a chance to compile official strength of schedule for the 2009 season. The Reader's Digest version: The Detroit Lions have ef...

    Blog | February 02, 2009