The National Football League has been chugging along with scarcely a pause since the Super Bowl called an end to the season on February 2. Though pro football fans will have to wait until August 3 for next preseason to kick off with the Hall of Fame Game, there is still plenty going on.
Last month brought us the nonstop whirlwind that is free agency. Next month, we will get to experience the mass-media extravaganza known as the NFL draft. Sandwiched between the two, the NFL has been gracious enough to present us with the annual schedule release, which occurred on Wednesday night.
While fans are no doubt excited to see what their favorite teams have in store, some are likely more pleased than others. While some teams look to have received a fairly accommodating schedule next season, others have a slightly more difficult slate.
Some might just feel like they were handed a not-so-friendly slap in the mouth. But what exactly makes their paths more difficult?
To answer this question, the following teams "got hosed" by facing a particularly tough stretch of games or collection of quality opponents. We are also focusing on teams that missed the playoffs a season ago since, for parity's sake, successful teams should face higher-level competition.
Full schedule can be viewed on NFL.com.