There is plenty of talk about how difficult the Redskins’ schedule is and, no question, there are some very tough stretches. However, when you take the birds-eye view the Redskins path to try to make the playoffs for a second consecutive year for the first time in 24 years the slate is only moderately difficult based on what their opponents did in 2015.
The teams the Redskins play this year lost more games than they won last year. They went 126-130, a winning percentage of .492. That ranks 17th in the NFL, so they face a schedule of about average difficulty.
But perhaps more relevant to their playoff hopes is the fact that they face the toughest schedule in the division. All three of the other teams in the NFC East play against relative bottom feeders. The Eagles’ opponents had a winning percentage of .469 (26th in terms of difficulty), the Cowboys’ slate was .465 (T-27th) and the Giants’ opponents won at a .461 clip (T-30th).
This is all interesting to talk about while we’re waiting for the draft and OTAs to get underway. But once Week 1 is complete all of that pretty much gets thrown out the window and the focus will be on which teams’ offseason moves are bearing fruit and which are not, who is hot, who is struggling, and which teams are suffering from key injuries.