The fun part of off-season signings is determining the teams that have improved and the franchises that have gotten worse. However, predicting where each team will finish this season in each division solely by this based on last season is not the best indicator.
Schedules can catapult teams to more wins or more losses. Comparing teams' schedules from the previous year to this season is a better way to see the future.
Statistics say that half of the teams that made the playoffs in 2010 won't return in 2011. Seeing how there are more different opponents than roster changes from year-to-year, the schedule plays a bigger role in the difference of wins. These rankings will not hold up at the end of the season, but here are the hardest schedules in 2011 going into the season and how it'll affect each team listed.