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Seattle Seahawks To Face NFL's Fifth-Toughest Schedule in 2016

The Seahawks' 2016 strength of schedule ranks tied for fifth-toughest in the NFL based on opponent records from the 2015 season.

We've known which teams the Seahawks will face in 2016 since the end of the regular season, but thanks to some number-crunchers at CBSSports.com, we now know how tough of a road the team will travel as it looks to secure a postseason berth for the fifth year in a row.

Based on opponent regular-season records from this past year, Seattle's 2016 strength of schedule ranks tied for fifth in the NFL, with the Seahawks' 2016 competition going 139-117 in 2015, good for a .543 win percentage.

Four of Seattle's 2016 opponents - the Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, and Green Bay Packers - qualified for the postseason this past year, with three of those four - Carolina, Arizona, and New England - advancing to the conference title games, and the Panthers, of course, moving on to Super Bowl 50.

The rest of the NFC West finds itself in a similar situation when it comes to 2016 strength of schedule. The division rival San Francisco 49ers will face a 2016 slate that's tied for the toughest in the League (.555), while the Los Angeles Rams' schedule ranks third-toughest (.551) and Arizona's ranks tied for seventh-toughest (.531). 

As a quick refresher, here's who the Seahawks will face at home in 2016: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams.

And here's who Seattle is set up to face on the road: New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams.

The exact dates and times of each game will be announced in the spring, but in the meantime, check out each team's strength of schedule for 2016 below, courtesy of CBSSports.com.

2016 Strength of Schedule

(Rank, Team, Combined 2015 Regular-Season Record of 2016 Opponents, Combined 2015 Winning Percentage of 2016 Opponents)

T-1. San Francisco 49ers: 142-114, .555

T-1. Atlanta Falcons: 142-114, .555

3. Los Angeles Rams: 141-115, .551

4. New Orleans Saints: 140-116, .547

T-5. Seattle Seahawks: 139-117, .543

T-5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 139-117, .543

T-7. Arizona Cardinals: 136-120, .531

T-7. New York Jets: 136-120, .531

9. New England Patriots: 134-122, .523

10. Buffalo Bills: 133-123, .520

11. Miami Dolphins: 132-124, .516

12. Carolina Panthers: 131-125, .512

13. San Diego Chargers: 130-126, .508

14. Denver Broncos: 129-127, .504

15. Oakland Raiders: 128-128, .500

16. Kansas City Chiefs: 127-129, .496

17. Washington Redskins: 126-130, .492

18. Minnesota Vikings: 125-131, .488

T-19. Houston Texans: 124-132, .484

T-19. Baltimore Ravens: 124-132, .484

21. Cleveland Browns: 123-133, .480

22. Indianapolis Colts: 122-134, .477

T-23. Pittsburgh Steelers: 121-135, .473

T-23. Tennessee Titans: 121-135, .473

T-23. Jacksonville Jaguars: 121-135, .473

26. Philadelphia Eagles: 120-136, .469

T-27. Cincinnati Bengals: 119-137, .465

T-27. Detroit Lions: 119-137, .465

T-27. Dallas Cowboys: 119-137, .465

T-30. Chicago Bears: 118-138, .461

T-30. New York Giants: 118-138, .461

32. Green Bay Packers: 117-139, .457

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