Packers-Cardinals: It’s the Schedule, Stupid

Posted: 5th January 2010 by Tom Davis in NFL
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The most common argument I've heard to diminish the accomplishments of the Packers, and to back up the Cardinals, is the following: "Yeah, the Packers are 11-5, but they haven't played anyone all year." This has been thrown around, both by fans and commentators, as fact. But, when compared to the Cardinals, the Packers' schedule has been pretty rigorous. I'd like to go through both teams' schedules piece by piece. Both teams went 4-2 against their own divisions. The NFC West, apart from the Cardinals, was 14-34. The NFC North, apart from the Packers, was 21-27. Neither are great records, but Green Bay's division is better, and both teams performed equally. In addition, both teams played the the other's entire division. The Packers went 4-0 against the NFC West, while the Cardinals went 3-1 ...

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