AFC East, NFC South face gauntlets

Originally Published: April 13, 2009
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

A year ago, the NFL schedule favored teams in the AFC East and NFC South. Easy out-of-division schedules give teams the opportunity to go 7-3 or better, and five of those eight teams accepted that gift. The only team from that group with a losing record was the Buffalo Bills, who went 7-9 but 7-3 in non-division games.

This season, the AFC East and NFC South have to pay the price.

The eight hardest schedules for the 2009 season are for AFC East and NFC South teams, and three ...

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