Talking strength of schedule before free agency, the draft or even the start of training camp is foolish. We have no idea what kinds of moves a team will make to either improve or hurt its chances of competing next season. So take the following with a grain of salt.
Based on the combined records of Oakland’s 2013 opponents the Raiders have the fourth “easiest” schedule for the upcoming season.
Losing a lot has its benefits, I suppose. Based on the Raiders 4-12 finish good for third in the AFC West they’ll play teams that had a combined winning percentage of .469 last season. Ahead of Oakland in the strength – or lack thereof – schedule department are the Indianapolis Colts (.461) and rivals San Diego (.457) and Denver (.430).
So feel free to muse on this during a time when NFL news is slow. In a few months this won’t matter at all. No matter the schedule you’ve got to do one thing when it comes to Sundays starting in September: Just win, baby!