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Updated: February 12th, 2014 6:52pm
Where do the Vikings rank among the NFL's strength of 2014 schedule?

Where do the Vikings rank among the NFL's strength of 2014 schedule?

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings have finished in the cellar of the NFC North in three of the past four seasons. 

Whether that plays into their immediate scheduling or not, the Vikings are slated to have the easiest schedule among their division opponents in terms of 2013's win percentage. 

The Vikings do tours with the NFC South and AFC East next season and their road schedule is slightly easier than their home slate, based on last year's performances.

The Vikings host Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Atlanta, Carolina, New England, the New York Jets and Washington in the first of two years at the outdoor TCF Bank Stadium (dates TBD).

Strength of non-divisional home schedule: 39-41 (.4875) record last season

Their road schedule: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Miami and St. Louis

Strength of non-divisional road schedule: 36-44 (.4500) record last season.

The NFL's 2014 strength of schedule, as compiled by NFL.com.
 
1. Oakland Raiders .578
2. Denver Broncos .570
3. St. Louis Rams .564
4. San Diego Chargers .563
San Francisco 49ers .563
6. Seattle Seahawks .561
7. Kansas City Chiefs .559
8. Arizona Cardinals .547
9. New York Jets .520
10. New England Patriots .516
11. Atlanta Falcons .512
12. Miami Dolphins .508
13. Green Bay Packers .504
14. Buffalo Bills .500
15. Chicago Bears .496
16. Detroit Lions .492

17. Washington Redskins .490
18. Dallas Cowboys .488
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers .484
20. Philadelphia Eagles .479
21. Minnesota Vikings .477
22. Carolina Panthers .473
23. Cincinnati Bengals .469
New Orleans Saints .469
Pittsburgh Steelers .469
26. Cleveland Browns .465
New York Giants .465
28. Baltimore Ravens .461
29. Jacksonville Jaguars .453
30. Houston Texans .441
31. Tennessee Titans .438
32. Indianapolis Colts .430

The Oakland Raiders have the NFL's toughest schedule next season even though they have not had a winning record since their 2002 season that featured an AFC Championship and subsequent Super Bowl loss in January 2003 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The NFC West -- the best division in football last year -- has one of the toughest schedules as a division next season as the St. Louis Rams (3rd), San Francisco 49ers (4th), Seattle Seahawks (6th) and Arizona Cardinals (8th) are all in the top 10.

The AFC West took the crown for toughest schedules as the Raiders (1st), Denver Broncos (2nd), San Diego Chargers (4th) and Kansas City Chiefs (7th) are four of the top eight teams.

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
Email Andrew | @andrew_krammer
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