Washington has been the classic middle of the pack team during Dan Snyder’s decade of ownership, never too good and never too bad. Only twice have the Redskins veered more than two games from 8-8 and both of those were three games off .500 at 5-11.
So naturally, Team Mediocrity has the NFL’s most mediocre schedule this season. The Redskins’ 13 opponents (they play NFC East rivals Dallas, the New York Giants and Philadelphia twice, as always) were 125-129-2 last year for a .492 winning percentage.
That’s the 16th-toughest schedule of the 32 teams. Those of the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys rank ninth, 10th and 11th, respectively.
The Dolphins, 2008’s rags to riches darlings, have the toughest slate (.594) and should slide especially with Tom Brady back at the helm for the AFC East rival Patriots.
Watch out for the Bears, who not only have their first legitimate quarterback in memory in Jay Cutler but have the NFL’s easiest schedule (.424).
And it doesn’t seem fair that the Super Bowl champion Steelers have the fifth-easiest schedule.
— David Elfin