Strength of schedules favor AFC East

The NFL plans to release its 2012 regular-season schedule this week. It will be a nice opportunity for fans to start making early projections for their favorite teams.

But before the schedule comes out, here is an early look at the 2012 strength of schedules:

The reigning AFC champion Patriots are favorites once again in the division. Having the easiest schedule in the league certainly helps. But second place in the division is wide open for the Bills, Jets or Dolphins to make a move.

Being in the bottom half in strength of schedule is a nice assist for all three teams. Can they take advantage next season?