2010 NFL Season Schedule: 10 Most Difficult Schedules
There are definitely bigger fish to fry for most NFL teams as we head into the draft on Thursday, but after much anticipation, the 2010 NFL Season Schedule was released last night and it has revealed some certain difficult times ahead for a few teams.
Find out which teams are destined for a challenging season as we look at the top 10 most difficult 2010 NFL Schedules.
No. 10 - Cleveland Browns
2009 Combined Opponents Record: 132-124
Mike Holmgren or not, Cleveland will finish dead last in the AFC North once again.
And with teams like New England and the Super Bowl Champion Saints on the schedule, it looks like Cleveland will have to rely on LeBron James and the Cavaliers to bring them any championships in the near future.
No. 9 - Philadelphia Eagles
2009 Combined Opponents Record: 133-123
Philadelphia's schedule would be rough no matter who they play because of how much pressure will be on the entire team.
No more McNabb. No more Westbrook.
With the usual scheduling of their divisional games to go with the Colts and Vikings late in the season, it could be hard to finish strong.
No. 8 - Washington Redskins
2009 Combined Opponents Record: 134-122
Personally, I think the Redskins have one of the best chances to overcome a difficult schedule this year with all of their offseason acquisitions.
Still, though, those pesky Cowboys and Eagles aren't any easier when Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Green Bay are also on the schedule.
No. 7 - New York Giants
2009 Combined Opponents Record: 135-121
Are we starting to notice a trend here with the NFC East teams?
The Giants probably have the worst shot at overcoming their difficult schedule from the NFC East teams.
New York is rebuilding and future opponents Dallas (twice), Minnesota, Green Bay, and Indianapolis are in their prime.
Not to mention Washington is likely to be pretty good this year as well.
No. 6 - New England Patriots
2009 Combined Opponents Record: 136-120
The Patriots will go up against the entire AFC North, who, minus Cleveland, all have the potential to go deep into the playoffs.
On top of that, New England faces Green Bay, Indianapolis, and the New York Jets twice, who have added the talent to go even farther than last year.
No. 5 - Jacksonville Jaguars
2009 Combined Opponents Record: 137-119
The Jaguars are another team that are likely to fall due to their tough schedule. Their 2010 opponents include the rest of the AFC South as usual, along with San Diego, Dallas, and Washington.
With Maurice Jones-Drew as their only real talent, the Jaguars could be in for a long season.
No. 4 - Cincinnati Bengals
2009 Combined Opponents Record: 138-118
Cincinnati is a team who definitely has the potential to overcome this difficult schedule and prove they are the best team in the AFC North.
To prove that, though, they will have to play their usual Baltimore and Pittsburgh games along with New Orleans, Indianapolis, and the New York Jets.
No. 3 - Dallas Cowboys
2009 Combined Opponents Record: 139-117
Jerry Jones is itching for a Super Bowl Championship so bad he can't stand it.
I'm just not sure if the Colts, Packers, Vikings, Eagles, or Redskins will help scratch that itch for him.
No. 2 - Tennessee Titans
2009 Combined Opponents Record: 140-116
The Tennessee Titans are hoping to bring their hot finish from last season into the 2010 season.
With the Colts and Texans who are sure to be a headache for any team this year, Tennessee will also have to deal with Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, San Diego, and Pittsburgh.
No. 1 - Houston Texans
2009 Combined Opponents Record: 140-116
The Texans and Titans have similar schedules to each other.
Houston will play Tennessee and Indianapolis twice, as usual. And like Tennessee they will also play San Diego, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Washington.
The reason their schedule is the hardest is because they also have to play the Jets and the Ravens on top of everything else.
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