- The 2022 NFL Schedules will be unveiled Thursday night
- It’s been determined that the four easiest slates belong to teams from the NFC East
- Read more NFL news here
The 2022 NFL schedule is officially being released on Thursday night. After a day-by-day leak of a few high-profile games, the league will announce the full slates for all 32 teams.
We have already learned about a few headlining games so far this offsaeson.
Most notably, we’ll see Tom Brady and the Bucs travel overseas as they face off against Seattle in the first ever NFL matchup in Germany. There are some other interesting storylines, too, including a rematch of Super Bowl LV between Tampa Bay and Kansas City, as well as Mike McCarthy’s return to Green Bay as head coach of the Cowboys.
Speaking of those Cowboys, they lucked into one of the more navigable schedules as they look to get back to the playoffs in 2022. Dallas tied archrival Washington for the easiest slate based on opponent win totals from last season.
In fact, all four NFC East division members finished at the bottom of the list when it comes to strength of schedule.
NFC East teams have the easiest NFL schedules
Every team's strength of schedule for next season. 👀 (by @Upwork)
— NFL (@NFL) May 12, 2022
There are a couple of factors.
One, the division has the luxury of squaring off against the AFC South next year. That was the worst division in terms of wins and losses last year, with teams combining to go 28-40. The AFC South teams had two of the top three picks in the NFL Draft thanks to the Texans and Jaguars.
They also play the NFC North, which was the worst division in the conference, going 30-38. The Lions, Bears, and Vikings all finished with losing record.
But the thing that most are pointing to is that each NFC East plays six games against other NFC East foes.
The division has been historically bad over the last few seasons, though it did land a pair of playoff teams in last year’s field. In 2020-21, Washington won the division with a 7-9 record. The year before, the Eagles won it at 9-7 as the only team with a winning record.
Fans have been quick to point this out on social media.
Fans mock the NFC East for their weak strengths of schedule
The whole NFC East has the top 4 easiest schedules. Is it because they all play eachother twice? https://t.co/tgliyiGCai
— Mijo (@OmarRamirez28) May 12, 2022
Lmfao the whole nfc east is at the bottom because they get to play each other half the year💀 https://t.co/3QkFH8xvWJ
— Precious Achiuwa Conspiracy Theorist (@Torontosboss_2k) May 12, 2022
The entire nfc east is at the bottom of this list is just hilarity. https://t.co/o8T6PTqX8t
— JuJu Da Gamer (@JuJu_Da_Gamer) May 12, 2022