2009 NFL Schedule Winners and Losers

for NFLSportChannel.com

Published: April 15, 2009


... I decided to push my regular Tuesday article back to Wednesday so we could take a look at the schedule as that is the big news in the NFL this week.

Some interesting developments came out of the schedule release: a few teams came away looking like winners, and a few teams looking like they are going to have a tough road.

One thing to remember is that the strength of schedule factor is not always what it is hyped up to be. Any NFL team can beat any other NFL team any week. There are no easy games, except on paper.

For example, the Pittsburgh Steelers had the toughest schedule in 2008 based on 2007 records. Many thought even that it might be one of the toughest in NFL history. In spite of that, the Steelers managed to go 12-4 and win the Super Bowl.

The Indianapolis Colts had the second toughest schedule in 2008 and they also went 12-4 being the No. 5 seed in the playoffs.

Conversely, the New England Patriots had the easiest schedule and man...

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