While the media and fans make their predictions for the upcoming 2011 season, one of the most influential things to focus on is schedule difficulty.
With the way the schedules are designed, it makes it quite difficult for teams with quality division rivals to improve. For example, the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers are going to have to play six of their 16 games within their own brutal divisions.
On the other hand, despite making the Super Bowl, Pittsburgh's opponents this season were only a combined 121-135 in 2010, which certainly seems to increase the likelihood of the organization making the playoffs again.
For a complete list of all schedules for the 2011 season, check out NFL.com.