An easier path for four stragglers

Road schedule paves way for Bucs, Browns, Bills, Texans to set sights on .500

Originally Published: April 27, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

One of the early themes of the offseason is how some of the worst teams in football are angling to get to .500.

The 2014 schedule, released last Wednesday, could give some of those teams even more hope. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans have a shot. One of the reasons is their nondivision road schedule.

Winning on the road in the NFL is tough. Those four teams had combined road records -- division games included -- of 5-27. During my training ...

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