Considering NFL teams only play 16 regular-season games — though it could become 18 — each game is more significant than in other pro sports. Strength of schedule is critical; the easier a team’s schedule, the more wins it should get, maximizing the chances of a postseason run. These 10 teams have the easiest schedules in 2019 (based on their opponents’ combined win percentages from last season).
10. Cleveland Browns
The Browns’ schedule consists of 16 games that combined for a .484 win percentage last season. Some of the easiest contests on Cleveland’s slate come late in the season, with games against the Bengals in Weeks 14 and 17 and the Cardinals in Week 15. If the Browns are in contention for a playoff spot, their late-season schedule should give them a boost.
9. Buffalo Bills
The Bills will play opponents with a .480 winning percentage, with some of their easier games occurring early on. In Weeks 1 and 2, they’re at MetLife Stadium, where they play the Jets and Giants, respectively. The Bills end the season with a Week 17 home game against the Jets.
8. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks face a combined .479 winning percentage this season. They get what could be the easiest opponent in Week 1 with the Bengals at home. Seattle also has two games against the division-rival Cardinals.
7. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles’ opponents had a .477 winning percentage last season. Some of their easiest games are against division opponents, like the Redskins at home for Week 1. Washington will start a quarterback from their trio of Case Keenum, Colt McCoy, or rookie Dwayne Haskins. The Eagles have a second game with the Redskins and two against the Giants, whose QB will be either a past-his-prime Eli Manning or rookie Daniel Jones.
6. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are the first of a group of teams whose opponents had a .473 winning percentage last season. The easiest games are a Week 3 contest in Buffalo, a Week 5 home game against the Cardinals, and a road trip to Miami to take on the rebuilding Dolphins in Week 16.
5. New York Giants
Like the Eagles, the Giants get two games against the Redskins. New York also visits the Lions in Week 8 and play the Jets in Week 10, leading to a Week 11 bye.
4. New York Jets
The Jets’ opener against the Bills should be one of their easier contests. They also visit the Jaguars in Week 8 and get three straight games against not-so-great teams, the Giants, Redskins, and Raiders in Weeks 10-12, respectively.
3. Los Angeles Rams
The reigning Super Bowl runner-up looks to have a relatively easy road to the postseason. The easier games on the Rams’ schedule include a Week 1 game at the Raiders and their traditional two contests against the Cardinals, including at home to end the season in Week 17.
2. New England Patriots
The defending Super Bowl champs also have an easy schedule in 2019. Being in the AFC East, they get two games each against the Dolphins, Bills, and Jets, who all face an uphill battle this season. The Patriots also have games lined up with the Redskins and Giants in Weeks 5 and 6, respectively.
1. Washington Redskins
The easiest strength of schedule belongs to the Redskins, who play opponents with a combined .469 winning percentage in 2018. Their easiest games should be two games against the Giants, as well as a Week 6 contest at the Dolphins and a Week 9 tilt at the Bills.