The 2015 NFL schedule has not been released yet, but the opponents for each team are known. For the AFC North, the slate of games laying ahead are brutal, drawing both the AFC and NFC West. On the opposite end of the spectrum sits the NFC South, getting to play the weak AFC South and NFC East, along with getting the luxury of six interdivision games.
The Pittsburgh Steelers draw the toughest schedule of any team, playing against a combined winning percentage of .579, per John Breech of CBS Sports. Pittsburgh has a road schedule which includes the three other AFC North teams, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. The Cincinnati Bengals follow behind, joined by the entire NFC West in the 3-6 spots. The Oakland Raiders then tie for seventh with the Chiefs, while the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos round out the top 10, respectively.
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The easiest schedule falls to the Atlanta Falcons, who have the great fortune of playing six games against NFC South opponents. They also get the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, quarterback-less Houston Texans and Washington. The second-easiest schedule belongs to the Indianapolis Colts, who only play two teams that had double-digit wins last year in the New England Patriots and Broncos.
Here is how each team stacks up:
|Team||Record of 2015 opponents||Strength of Schedule|
|San Francisco 49ers||143-112-1||.561|
|St. Louis Rams||141-114-1||.553|
|Kansas City Chiefs||139-116-1||.545|
|Green Bay Packers||135-120-1||.529|
|San Diego Chargers||132-123-1||.518|
|New York Jets||125-131||.488|
|New York Giants||122-133-1||.478|
|New England Patriots||122-134||.477|
|New Orleans Saints||109-145-2||.429|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||108-146-2||.425|