A rematch of the AFC Championship Game, another trip to Pittsburgh against the perennial AFC-contending Steelers, matchups against other playoff teams such as the Vikings and Chiefs...
That's part of the easiest schedule in the NFL, according to a Washington Post survey, and it belongs to the New England Patriots.
The Post's Neil Greenberg, whose formula had the Pats with the easiest schedule a year ago, too, writes that he uses "a blend of Super Bowl LIII future odds from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook coupled with the over/under win totals set by online sportsbook 5Dimes" to make his determination.
That method has New England opponents expected to win an average of 7.5 games, with two - the Steelers and Packers - estimated to win 10 or more.
As usual, it's the AFC East that brings the Pats' strength of schedule down. The Bills, Dolphins and Jets aren't expected to win more than seven games, according to the Post survey, and none of them have even a one percent chance to win the Super Bowl.
So, when Bill Belichick was photographed at the Miami Dolphins' training facility on Wednesday, a collective thinking emoji 🤔 swept the internet. As well as plenty of Spygate cracks and other jokes:
Turns out the University of Miami Pro Day was held at the Dolphins facility and despite the nefarious intent Patriot haters had dancing in their heads, the Patriots coach was just checking out propects (including this running back and wide receiver) for the NFL draft, which is now less than a month away.
Click here for more on Belichick's pro day tour from NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry.
The Rams continue to stack their defense this offseason as they have signed All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal woth $14 million, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The former Miami Dolphin joins Aaron Donald on a defensive front that should be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks in 2018. Plus, the Rams added Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters, and Sam Shields earlier this offseason to shore up their secondary.
Suh had 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 12 games during the 2017 season.