NFL Teams with the Toughest 2013 Schedules

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NFL Teams with the Toughest 2013 Schedules
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Michael Vick isn't going to have it easy if he wins the job in Philadelphia.

What makes a schedule tough? There are strength of schedule numbers, but those can be deceiving because teams get better and worse each year.

Several things make a schedule difficult, such as multiple tough road games back-to-back, travel and the positioning of the bye week. Short weeks and long weeks can be good or bad depending on the opponent and the need for extra study.

Sometimes a schedule is tough just because most of the opponents are good teams, and it doesn't really matter what order you play them. Facing a rookie quarterback in his first road start would be a good scheduling break, but a team might prefer to face an opponent with a new head coach (i.e. Chip Kelly's Eagles) later in the season when there is more tape of its offense and defense.

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