In a league where a team only plays 16 games in a season, getting off to a good start is mighty important.
Sure there are those teams who come out of the gates a little rough and end up making the playoffs. There are also teams like last year's Bills who hit the ground running only to fizzle out at the end.
But it's really the teams that play the most consistent ball over several months that make the biggest impact, and that means starting off on the right foot.
Some teams will have an easy go of it and others will run the gauntlet. With that in mind, let's take a look at the 10 toughest schedules to open the season.