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(Chicago Bears)   The Tom Brady-led 2020 Super Bowl winning Tampa Bay Bucs have the second easiest NFL schedule in 2021   (chicagobears.com) divider line
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2021-03-01 1:35:20 PM  
Getting the excuses lined up early this year.
 
2021-03-01 2:25:24 PM  
Bears repeating?  Hardly likely.
 
2021-03-01 3:30:25 PM  
The only way the Eagles' schedule could be easier is if they played themselves.
 
2021-03-01 3:33:10 PM  
Winning teams generally have easier schedules than losing teams. It's just math.
 
2021-03-01 3:43:28 PM  
Whoever came up with that page format is worse than Pol Pot.
 
2021-03-01 3:43:54 PM  

Arkanaut: Winning teams generally have easier schedules than losing teams. It's just math.


This.

Winning teams play their own division twice, which is generally comprised of teams with worse records.

For instance, the worst team in the NFC South has to play both the Saints and the Bucs twice each, while those teams each get that dog twice.

Otherwise, with two exceptions, the remaining games are pre-ordained, rotating divisions..

/wish my favorite team had the four NFC East teams on its schedule last season.
 
2021-03-01 3:56:04 PM  
If I learned anything from this list, and I didn't, it's to expect big things out of the NFC East next season.  Look at all those easy schedules.
 
2021-03-01 4:01:23 PM  
Hey, WFT gave the Bucs a run for their money last [this] year...so... :P
 
2021-03-01 4:03:20 PM  

CptnSpldng: The only way the Eagles' schedule could be easier is if they played themselves.


They're too dumb to play with themselves!
 
2021-03-01 4:15:32 PM  
Sure, when you play Atlanta and Carolina twice (combined 9-23 in 2020), play four games against the NFC East and the AFC East being the inter-conference rotation, yeah, it's a creampuff schedule.

But these schedules were made out years in advance....maybe one reason why Buttermilk Brady chose Tampa.
 
2021-03-01 4:15:52 PM  

buckeyebrain: CptnSpldng: The only way the Eagles' schedule could be easier is if they played themselves.

They're too dumb to play with themselves!


They'd fumble their own schlong.
 
2021-03-01 4:42:46 PM  

buckeyebrain: CptnSpldng: The only way the Eagles' schedule could be easier is if they played themselves.

They're too dumb to play with themselves!


They'd play themselves and lose.

/Go Eagles!
//le sigh....
 
2021-03-01 5:10:33 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Whoever came up with that page format is worse than Pol Pot.


It's the Bears. Even close observers like us fans don't expect competence at anything on field or off.

/that said, Bears with the 3rd most difficult schedule? this is my surprised face :|
//they always get shafted with a murderer's row schedule
 
2021-03-01 5:30:12 PM  
Is it time to point out that NFL schedules are completely determined by a formula yet?
 
2021-03-01 5:41:43 PM  
I AM OUTRAGED!
 
2021-03-01 5:54:30 PM  
If you're still watching NFL after this season, there's no hope for you.
 
2021-03-01 6:00:18 PM  
*scrolls scrolls scrolls scrolls scrolls scrolls*
f*ck
 
2021-03-01 6:31:15 PM  

CptnSpldng: The only way the Eagles' schedule could be easier is if they played themselves.


They were playing with themselves every single time I tried to watch them last season.

/go iggles
 
2021-03-01 7:06:48 PM  
The easiest  football schedule last year belonged to Ohio State. They played like 3 games alll yeear . and got B1G approved and committeee chosen to be in the playoffs

They were actually there though, facing Bama  face to face  In much the same way that an everlast punching bag faces a world champion boxer on the reg
 
2021-03-01 7:15:17 PM  
Brady is playing against the AFC East next season?
 
2021-03-01 7:47:21 PM  
I'm just here to read comments by those still unaware there's a formula for which teams get to play which teams and no grand conspiracy.
 
2021-03-01 8:02:24 PM  

Social Justice Warlock: I'm just here to read comments by those still unaware there's a formula for which teams get to play which teams and no grand conspiracy.


Not liking how it panned out does not mean that people don't know there's a formula. FFS some of us have been football fans for 40-50 years.
 
2021-03-01 8:44:38 PM  
Based on last year's won lost record, the author should have shoved his fist in his mouth.  Same correlation.
 
2021-03-01 10:13:33 PM  
Do a little research on NFL schedule making subturd.

Every team plays 2 games in against its division for 6 games.

Every team plays all the teams in another division in the same conference for 4 games

Every team plays all the teams in a division in the other conference for 4 games

Every team plays the teams in the two other divisions in its conference that finished in the same place as it did.

And the divisions your team plays against (except your own division) rotate every year.  In 2020 your team played 14 games against the same teams it played the same teams it played in 2008.

Do some research and it turns out that every team plays 4 games against 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams.

Depending on final standings your team might play another team two years in a row even if they are not in the same division

This sort of balanced scheduling has been going on since the merger and realignment to 13 teams in each conference and 14 games for all. Sometimes divisions are crappy and sometimes they are tough. You'll get over it.
 
2021-03-01 11:08:12 PM  

Dr.Fey: Arkanaut: Winning teams generally have easier schedules than losing teams. It's just math.

This.

Winning teams play their own division twice, which is generally comprised of teams with worse records.

For instance, the worst team in the NFC South has to play both the Saints and the Bucs twice each, while those teams each get that dog twice.

Otherwise, with two exceptions, the remaining games are pre-ordained, rotating divisions..

/wish my favorite team had the four NFC East teams on its schedule last season.


Strength of division matters more than strength of schedule. For instance: The NFC West has four really strong potential double-digit win teams. All of them have been to the Superbowl or the NFC Championship in the last decade. Each of them could win any other division.

But they can't all be double-digit win teams because they play each other 6 times, and their parity means they usually split the head-to-heads, so before the season has even started they have already accepted coming out of their division with a 3-3 record is a bonus, when it could be easily be a 5-1 record in any other division (6-0 in the NFC East).

And if they play another tough division like the AFC North -- that's nearly 2/3 of the season already wrapped up in very tight, highly competitive games. At this point they're probably 5-5, with no margin of error the rest of the way. Add the NFC South and you're looking at a mediocre 8-6 record, maybe, when they're supposed to be a contender. The season hasn't turned out bad, they're just in a tough division.

The problem isn't the strength of schedule. The problem is coming out of the NFC West is very, very hard (and looks to get even harder now that the Cards have JJ Watt). And it's been that way for many, many years.
 
2021-03-01 11:12:36 PM  
They're not as shiatty as the Eli Manning led Giants teams and their schedule last year wasn't as easy as the '72 Dolphins but still, yeah the rich get richer (even if it's arbitrary)
 
2021-03-02 1:21:53 AM  
1) Judging the difficulty of an NFL schedule based on the prior year record is just silly. There is way too much movement each season for that to be of any value.

2) Judging the difficulty of an NFL schedule just using winning percentage isn't very good even if it is the current season. A good team can heavily deflate their own opponents records. It you play the win both games against a good divisional opponent, that is a .125 decrease in their winning percentage. And the short, heavily unbalanced schedules just make it worse.
 
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