Strength of schedules

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

With the NFL set to release its full 2009 slate of games Tuesday night, we have received several inquiries regarding next year's strength of schedule for all four AFC North teams.

Following a brutal run in 2008, all four teams are expected to have much easier schedules based on last year's results. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the 29th easiest schedule in the NFL with an opponents' winning percentage of .434. The Baltimore Ravens (.438 opponents' winning percentage) are No. 28, followed by the Cleveland Browns (No. 25, .449 opponents' winning percentage) and Cincinnati Bengals (No. 22, .465 opponents' winning percentage).

ESPN.com has a link for the strength of schedules for all 32 teams here. Check back with the AFC North blog later this evening for more analysis of the 2009 schedule release.