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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Bills, Jets draw grueling 2011 schedules


Take heart, Buffalo Bills fans. Your team doesn't have the NFL's most difficult 2011 schedule.

They own the second-most difficult schedule.

ESPN Stats & Information worked out all the arithmetic based on 2010 records and found the Bills' upcoming opponents went a combine 137-119 for a .535 winning percentage, and only one other team has it worse.

The Bills' percentage is impacted by playing the 14-win New England Patriots and 11-win New York Jets twice apiece.

But even with the Bills on their schedule twice, the Jets are tied for the third-toughest schedule with an aggregate .520 winning percentage.

The Miami Dolphins are tied for 10th with a .516 opponent winning percentage. The Patriots are tied for 15th with a .504 opponent winning percentage.

The AFC East's cross-division opponents for 2010 the AFC West and NFC East.

Pity the poor Carolina Panthers. They had the NFL's worst record this season and will face opponents that posted a .555 winning percentage. The NFC South's other three clubs notched double-digit victories.