Raiders to have fourth 'easiest' schedule in 2013

Raiders to have fourth 'easiest' schedule in 2013
February 8, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The Raiders' 2013 opponents went 120-136-0 in 2012 for a .469 win percentage. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

A 4-12 season has its, um, rewards, no?

The chance to coach in the Senior Bowl. The No. 3 overall draft pick. And, as it turns out, the fourth "easiest" schedule in the NFL for 2013.

At least, that's what the .469 combined winning percentage of the Raiders' opponents next season, as compiled by NFL.com, tells us. Really, though, it has less to do with rewarding Oakland than it does with how weak the AFC West was last season and how, for example, the 13-3 Denver Broncos have the league's easiest schedule next year, by virtue of their opponents' combined .430 winning percentage in 2012.

Six games come against the AFC West. Because while Denver won 13 games, the San Diego Chargers, Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs combined to go just 13-35.

And while the exact schedule will not be released until April, the Raiders already know they will travel to Houston (12-4), Indianapolis (11-5), the New York Giants (9-7), Dallas (8-8), and the New York Jets (6-10), as well as Denver (13-3), San Diego (7-9) and Kansas City (2-14), and play host to Washington (10-6), Pittsburgh (8-8), Tennessee (6-10), Philadelphia (4-12) and Jacksonville (2-14), plus the Broncos, Chargers and Chiefs.

Following, then, per NFL.com, is every team's strength of schedule for 2013, based on their opponents' combined record and winning percentage from 2012:

Carolina Panthers    138-116-2 (.543)
Detroit Lions    138-118-0 (.539)
New Orleans Saints    137-117-2 (.539)
St. Louis Rams    137-117-2 (.539)
Baltimore Ravens    137-119 (.535)
Green Bay Packers    136-119-1 (.533)
Arizona Cardinals    131-121-4 (.520)
Miami Dolphins    133-123-0 (.520)
49ers    132-122-2 (.520)
Minnesota Vikings    132-124-0 (.516)
Seattle Seahawks    130-122-4 (.516)
Cincinnati Bengals    130-126-0 (.508)
Jacksonville Jaguars    129-125-2 (.508)
New England Patriots    130-126-0 (.508)
Atlanta Falcons    128-126-2 (.504)
Chicago Bears    128-127-1 (.502)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers    127-127-2 (.500)
Washington    127-128-1 (.498)
New York Jets    127-129-0 (.496)
Philadelphia Eagles    127-129-0 (.496)
Cleveland Browns    126-130-0 (.492)
Pittsburgh Steelers    126-130-0 (.492)
Tennessee Titans    124-130-2 (.488)
New York Giants    123-133-0 (.480)
Dallas Cowboys    121-134-1 (.475)
Buffalo Bills    121-135-0 (.473)
Houston Texans    120-134-2 (.473)
Kansas City Chiefs    121-135-0 (.473)
Raiders    120-136-0 (.469)
Indianapolis Colts    117-137-2 (.461)
San Diego Chargers    117-139-0 (.457)
Denver Broncos    110-146-0 (.430)