At first glance, the Bills schedule looks to be more challenging than this past season. Getting the NFC South and the AFC North makes for some tough going for first year coach Doug Marrone. Add in our own division and most of you are already thinking it's a lost season. But before you give up all hope, here are some interesting facts to think about.
1. The combined record of all of Buffalo's opponents is 121-135. That's a strength of schedule of .473 according to NFL.com. The Panthers for example face a schedule with a win-loss record of 138-116-2. This gives them a strength of schedule of .543 good for toughest in the NFL. So where do the Bills rank out of the entire NFL? 26th according to NFL.com. Makes it seem not as daunting now doesn't it?
2. So who is left on the schedule not from the aforementioned divisions? The answer is Kansas City and Jacksonville, two teams the Bills beat rather handily last season. Drawing these two teams certainly drags our strength of schedule down. This could be a good thing however. If we end up with another losing season we will get better draft position. It also gives us two very winnable games.
Now I know it's still ridiculously early to try to make any predictions as to how the Bills will fare. We still have the draft and free agency to occur. To my eyes with the team as is this is a manageable schedule. Hopefully our team will be better prepared for this season than it was for this last one.
Fellow Rumblers here are my questions for you: How do you see the Bills doing next year? Does the schedule seem harder to you?