However, the one thing that annoys me to no end is when people will complain about one team’s schedule being easier than others, despite the fact that 14 of the 16 games are already pre-determined (the normal 6 division games + playing one set division in each conference – 4 games each). The reason teams who have great records (i.e. Packers and Patriots) end up having the “easiest” schedule is because they don’t have to face themselves, yet their divisional opponents have their 15-1/13-3 records counted against their own schedules twice.
Tremendous article about NFL strength of schedule. The above information is not only spot on, but it proves just how ludicrous this whole discussion is to begin with.