The 2021 NFL schedule is in our hands and now to start digging. For this article we’re going to find the Top 3 easiest schedules for the season. This isn’t as easy as it sounds of course, but we can at least get a ballpark figure. The good thing about the NFL is that it is so popular that sportsbooks do their due diligence in projecting win totals for the season. Those win totals can help us figure out which teams are likely to be awful, average, great and somewhere in between.
There are arguments against using win totals, as they aren’t just what the sportsbook projects, but also takes into account what people are betting. But, the Texans win total is 4.5 games while the Chiefs’ is 12.5. Does that sound accurate? It does. So I’ve chosen the easiest schedules based on win totals to see how they pan out with a closer examination.
Well, the rich keep getting richer. The Buccaneers get a lagging division, as Drew Brees is out of New Orleans, the Panthers couldn’t find a franchise quarterback this offseason, and Atlanta is on the verge of a rebuild. All the while the Buccaneers have all the players who started in their Super Bowl victory back.
This season they’ll also face the NFC East, a division that didn’t have a single team with a winning record in 2020. Their marquee matchups will be with the Bills and Rams and that’s it. Brady will face the Patriots in Week 4, but they aren’t a powerhouse anymore. The Colts’ big acquisition this offseason was Carson Wentz. Dallas will be better, but they have yet to show they can win big games.
2021 schedule: DAL, ATL, at LAR, at NE, MIA, at PHI, CHI, at NO, BYE, at WFT, NYG, at IND, at ATL, BUF, NO, at CAR, at NYJ, CAR
The 49ers had the worst injury luck last season and it tanked their chances. They will hopefully be back at full force this season, along with a new weapon in third overall pick Trey Lance. Yes, they are in one of the toughest divisions in football, which makes it even weirder when you see how easy their schedule is.
Outside of their division, the 49ers face the NFC North, which is respectable, but could be without Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay while the Lions and Bears aren’t poised to fill the possible Packers void. The Vikings will be good, but it’s hard to see them taking that step forward. The Eagles, Jaguars, Bengals, Falcons, and Texans will all have trouble breaking .500. If the Cardinals, Rams, and Seahawks weren’t all poised to be above .500 teams, this would truly be a cake walk schedule.
2021 schedule: at DET, at PHI, GB, SEA, at ARI, BYE, IND, at CHI, ARI, LAR, at JAC, MIN, at SEA, at CIN, ATL, at TEN, HOU, at LAR
The Cowboys won just six games last year and didn’t have their starting quarterback Dak Prescott for most of the season. This year they get him back and they get a schedule that I think you will agree, isn’t the toughest in the league.
Yes, they have to take on the two Super Bowl competitors as they travel to Tampa Bay and Kansas City this season, but they also get to face the NFC South and NFC East. If the Broncos somehow get Aaron Rodgers, the schedule gets tougher, but as it is, even the AFC West has two opponents that won’t strike fear in your heart, as the Raiders and Broncos are set to be average at best.
The Eagles, Washington and Giants all have quarterback trouble, which in the end, will likely be their downfall this season. The Falcons, Panthers and Saints are all beatable. The Patriots should be better, but they will struggle. The Cardinals and Chargers are on their way up, but haven’t gotten to the point where you mark down an “L” on the schedule.
2021 schedule: at TB, at LAC, PHI, CAR, NYG, at NE, BYE, at MIN, DEN, ATL, at KC, LV, at NO, at WFT, at NYG, WFT, ARI, at PHI