The 2023 NFL schedules have formally been launched for all 32 groups, and as followers view which video games they need to circle on the calendar, some groups are taking a look at their opponents realizing they’ve an actual shot to choose up an excellent quantity of wins to make the playoffs.
Strength of schedule is decided primarily based on the win share of projected opponents from the earlier season, which often offers a baseline for the way onerous, or on this case straightforward, wins are going to come back by for every staff within the NFL.
While wins every week are, after all, powerful by the 4 quarters, these 5 groups have it a lot simpler than their counterparts in 2023.
Let’s have a look, beginning with the fifth-easiest schedule:
5. Tennessee Titans (.448 opponent win share in 2022)
Head coach Mike Vrabel and the remainder of the Titans need to erase how their 2022 season ended, seven straight losses which knocked them out of the playoffs and had them end 7-10.
While they’ve some onerous opponents to begin the season – Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2, Week 4 in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals and Week 6 in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens in London – they’ve a stretch of the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts from Weeks 8-13, with a lot of these winnable video games.
The Falcons and Steelers have younger quarterbacks with creating expertise nonetheless on the roster, no extra Tom Brady in Tampa Bay means large questions for what the Bucs will seem like, and whereas Jacksonville is at all times a tricky division opponent, Carolina and Indy will probably characteristic rookie quarterbacks in 2023.
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Tennessee might do the identical after drafting Will Levis, however that is nonetheless Ryan Tannehill’s offense in the meanwhile and Derrick Henry nonetheless runs the soccer very nicely. Armed with Vrabel’s knack for a stable protection and the Titans will likely be in search of some revenge after flopping final season.
4. Indianapolis Colts (.434)
The AFC South is a theme on this group, because the Colts get simply what they should begin rebuilding underneath new head coach Shane Steichen, who comes over after a superb run with the Philadelphia Eagles as their offensive coordinator.
Armed with the fourth total decide within the NFL Draft, they chose Anthony Richardson out of Florida, stunning some however not if you view what Steichen has been in a position to do with a operating quarterback like Jalen Hurts.
Richardson could also be a challenge, however he doesn’t have the toughest schedule to go in opposition to in his rookie marketing campaign. It is division opponents rapidly with the Jags and Houston Texans in Weeks 1 and a couple of adopted by the Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, Titans and Jags once more in that order.
While these could also be powerful video games, the Cleveland Browns, Saints, Panthers and New England Patriots are Weeks 7-10 earlier than the bye week. None of these groups reached the playoffs in 2022.
Indy finishes their season with the Steelers, Falcons, Las Vegas Raiders and Texans within the ultimate 4 weeks as nicely.
Much just like the Colts, the Texans will likely be hoping their new head coach-quarterback duo will lead to optimistic steps in 2023.
DeMeco Ryans is defensive-minded coming from the San Francisco 49ers, however C.J. Stroud out of Ohio State went No. 2 total to hopefully be the staff’s quarterback of the long run. It didn’t harm buying and selling as much as No. 3 total both to take Will Anderson out of Alabama so as to add an elite rookie expertise off the sting both.
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The Texans have some enjoyable items to look at, together with cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and operating again Dameon Pierce, and they’ll accomplish that as one other AFC South staff with a good schedule.
The Ravens, Miami Dolphins and Jaguars in Weeks 1, 2 and three will likely be powerful sledding, but it surely opens up after that. Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New Orleans, Carolina and Tampa Bay would be the subsequent 5 video games (the bye week is available in Week 7), earlier than dealing with the Bengals in Week 10. It does get a bit powerful towards the top with the Titans in Weeks 15 and 17 in addition to the Jets in Week 14. Also, value noting that the Broncos (Week 13) and Browns (Week 16) might see huge enhancements with higher quarterback play in 2023.
2. New Orleans Saints (.554)
Derek Carr joins a brand new staff for the primary time in his profession and will get an excellent schedule to make his mark early.
He has the weapons with Michael Thomas (if wholesome), Chris Olave, and naturally, Alvin Kamara within the backfield to get issues happening offense within the Bayou. It will all begin with the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, however the Panthers, Packers, Bucs, Patriots and Texans comply with that. Those ought to be winnable conditions for New Orleans.
We noticed how the NFC South shook out final season – the Bucs gained the division with simply an 8-9 file – so taking part in the Bucs, Falcons and Panthers twice this 12 months are toss-ups the Saints hope to go their means.
The Chicago Bears, who owned the worst file within the NFL final season, are additionally on the schedule.
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1. Atlanta Falcons (.417)
The staff with the best schedule within the NFL is the Falcons, and quarterback Desmond Ridder is being checked out to take a leap in his sophomore season.
The Panthers and Packers start the season at house, that are good matchups for Atlanta as these can go both means, at the very least wanting on paper. The Lions will likely be powerful, as will the Jags in London in Week 4. But the Texans, Commanders and Bucs comply with the London recreation.
Much just like the Saints, the Bears, Colts, and Texans grace the schedule, giving the Falcons an opportunity to make a push in a wide-open NFC South.
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