Sizing up 2011 strength of schedule

This item carries the usual disclaimer about past records not necessarily reflecting future prospects, but let's just say most NFL teams would trade 2011 schedules with the Arizona Cardinals.

The chart shows 2011 strength of schedule based on 2010 records.

The NFC West, by virtue of playing against itself, accounts for four of the eight easiest schedules. Carolina plays the toughest schedule largely because the Panthers are the one bad team in a very tough division, and they cannot play themselves.