Friday, April 13, 2012
2012 AFC North strength of schedule
By Jamison Hensley
The Cleveland Browns won only four games last season, so they should have one of the easier schedules in 2012, right? Wrong.
The Browns have the third-hardest schedule next season and the toughest one among non-playoff teams. The Browns' opponents in 2012 had a combined 135-121 record (.527) last season.
One reason for this is the fact that Cleveland plays in the AFC North, which sent three teams to the playoffs last season. So that's six games against teams with a combined record of 33-15 (.688).
It's a tough break for the Browns, who only have four games against teams with losing records last season (Kansas City, Washington, Buffalo and Indianapolis).
The Baltimore Ravens are tied for the fourth-toughest schedule. Their opponents combined for a 134-122 record (.523). The Ravens are the only team in the division that plays the two teams from last season's Super Bowl (New York Giants and New England Patriots).
The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers are in the middle of the pack, tying for the 14th-hardest schedule. Their opponents went 128-128 last season. The Bengals, however, have the fewest games (five) against quality opponents (teams with at least nine wins) in the AFC North.
Click here for the full list of the strength of schedules. You can go here for the 2012 opponents for each AFC North team. The dates and times for each game should come soon. The NFL typically releases its schedule before the draft.