2009 NFL Schedule: Carolina Panthers Difficult, Arizona Cardinals Easy

By NFLSportChannel
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Published: April 15, 2009

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... a unique perspective that we gain when we use the Relative Performance Measure (RPM) of PossessionPoints.com.

We use this measure to evaluate the teams’ schedules based upon their opponents’ RPM from last season.

We do not want to go into all the details of what goes into our RPM, but our performance measure is particularly useful for this type of analysis. 

It serves as a grading system that quickly identifies good teams from bad teams. Last season, the Steelers finished at the top of our chart with an RPM of +37, while the 0-16 Lions finished at the bottom with a -60. 

When we apply our RPM to a season schedule analysis, we add together all the opponents’ RPMs.

So, if a team was only going to be playing the Steelers and Lions, we would say their schedule had a – 23 RPM which wou...

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