Rob Chudzinski did not just upgrade his profession this past offseason, he upgraded the ease of schedule when it comes to 2013 opponents.
While the Carolina Panthers will face the league’s toughest schedule in 2013 based on opposing win percentage in 2012, the Cleveland Browns (5-11 in 2012) will have the 12th easiest road with an opposing winning percentage of .492 (126-130).
In addition to playing their requisite two games against divisional opponents, the Browns will also face the entire AFC East (New England, Miami, Buffalo and New York Jets), the NFC North (Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota) as well as contests against the 2012 fourth-place divisional finishers (Kansas City and Jacksonville).
The strength of schedule test sets up nicely for 2012 playoff teams in Denver (league’s easiest schedule), Indianapolis (third-easiest) and Houston (sixth-easiest). The strength of the AFC North — combining for five playoff appearances and a Super Bowl victory in the last two seasons alone — continues to do the Browns very little in terms of scheduling favors.