Commentary

FBO: Five schedule myths

Some commonly held schedule beliefs simply don't hold up

Updated: April 15, 2009, 12:39 PM ET
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders

Now that the NFL's schedule has been released, every football pundit has an opinion on which team has it easy or hard for the 2009 season. Now, there's no doubt that schedule strength is important, and it's sure nice when your favorite team gets to play another division during a particularly weak season. But there's also going to be a lot of talk about when each team gets its bye, when each team has to play on the road, and what order the games come in -- and a lot of widely held assumptions about the schedule bear no relation to the actual facts. Here are five of them.