Strength of schedule is calculated from the opponents projected fantasy points allowed for the DEF position. The best rating is +16 which gives the player the advantage against the defense and indicates an easy opponent, the worst rating is -16 which gives the defense the advantage and indicates a tough opponent.
The end of an era? Don't you believe it. The unit had decreased production in a number of key areas over the past couple of seasons and those losses are as much about addition by subtraction. With the additions of pro bowl talent like Elvis Dumervil and young talent like Art Brown, Courtney Upshaw and Jimmy Smith amongst others around the core of the team, this is the only other unit that has a strong chance of exceeding their ranking.