Packers, Patriots take it easy
Last season's No. 1 playoff seeds benefit from easier schedules
Last year's No. 1 seeds -- the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots -- benefit from easy schedules this season.
Each team has eight games against the NFC West and AFC South, divisions that are in quarterback transition. The only elite quarterback is Houston's Matt Schaub. Those divisions have four rookie or second-year quarterbacks. The Arizona Cardinals have John Skelton, who is inexperienced.
Considering the Packers' and Patriots' problems on defense last season, these ...
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