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2022 NFL Schedule Release: Ranking the Eight NFL Teams with the Easiest Schedules

With the NFL schedules being released, one question comes around, who has the easiest schedule? Kade Kimble ranks the eight teams with the easiest schedules for the 2022 NFL season and analyzes what that schedule might do for them.
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2022 NFL Schedule Release: Ranking the Eight NFL Teams with the Easiest Schedules

The 2022-23 NFL schedule has been released, so that leaves us fans wondering one thing, who has the easiest schedule for the season? From a first glance, the Rams, looking to repeat a Super Bowl winning season, have the hardest schedule with an opponent combined .567 winning percentage from last season. But, that’s not what this story is about. Here is our ranking for the eight NFL teams with the easiest schedules in 2022 and the 2022 NFL odds.

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8. Chicago Bears

As the Matt Nagy era ended, a new one opened. The Bears signed Matt Eberflus to be their next head coach, and aren’t in the best position to win now. Their opponent's win percentage last year was a combined .471 with a record of 135-152-2. General Manager Ryan Poles walked into a rebuild and have quickly jumped into trading Khalil Mack to the Chargers to receive draft capital. The draft wasn’t the best for adding weapons around Justin Fields, either. It’s going to be an interesting year for the rebuilding Bears.

7. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts in this next season will play against teams who had a combined .469 win percentage last season with a record of 135-153-1. The Colts were a near playoff team last season, with a dud of a game against the Jaguars knocking them out in Week 18. With a new quarterback and an easy schedule, you can expect the Colts to be in the playoff conversation again, and potentially making it this year. 

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6. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars, like the Colts, will have an opponent win percentage of .469 from games played last season heading into this season. The Jaguars will be going into next season with a new head coach in Doug Pederson and a former number one overall pick QB in Trevor Lawrence. The Jaguars have an easier schedule, including a matchup in London in Week 8, with a new head coach, giving them the potential to improve their record from 3-14 last season and hopefully less drama.

5. Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions will have a very slightly easier schedule than the Jaguars and Colts, as their opponents have a combined win percentage of .467 from last season. Last season, this team had the sixth toughest schedule, and their record of 3-13-1 reflected that. The Lions had solid additions through the draft. With roster improvements and an easier schedule, the Lions should expect to have an improved record next season, with their o/u wins line sitting around 6.5 games. 

4. New York Giants

The Giants have had a rough past few seasons, having a losing record in every season since 2013 with the exclusion of 2016, where they lost in the first round. This season, the Giants' opponents have a combined win percentage of .465. They also added Brian Daboll, former Bills offensive coordinator, which should help them improve their record. With matchups against the Panthers in Week 2 and Bears in Week 4, the Giants could open up their season looking much more improved from last season’s 4-13 record. Not to mention, the Giants had two first-round draft picks in the recent draft. 

3. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles established themselves as a run-heavy team headed by Jalen Hurts, who will remain the quarterback for next season. Their upcoming opponents held a combined record of 133-154-2 last season. Their season opens against the Lions, Vikings, Commanders, and Jaguars. With these games being their opening four weeks, there is potential that the Eagles could be 3-1 going into Week 5 against the Cardinals. To end their season, the Eagles will play the Giants in two of their final five games, which should boost their end-of-season record.  

2. Washington Commanders

Tied for first place for the easiest schedule in terms of previous records, the Commanders' opponents held a 133-155-1 record last season. One key factor with their schedule is that they only have one multi-week road trip with that being weeks 10 and 11. Their end-of-the-season schedule could be key, as they have a Week 14 bye which will help them rest up to make a playoff push. Their final game against the Cowboys could also be a win and get-in game, as both teams have an easy schedule.

1. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys, also known as America’s team, has the easiest schedule for the 2022 season. With an upsetting playoff loss and a solid season on both sides of the ball, the Cowboys will look to have another playoff season and potentially a playoff run. The home schedule is a key part of the Cowboys' season, as they’ll host five teams at home projected to win less than eight games. They’ll play crucial away games against the Rams and Packers that could determine whether they get a first-round bye or not.

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Kade has spent his last 3 years writing about the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has also been following the NBA for the past 11 years. Just recently, Kade began co-hosting the Boomtown Hoops Podcast.


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