The 2023 NFL schedules have been officially released for all 32 teams, and while fans see which games they want to mark on the schedule, some teams are looking at their opponents knowing they have a real shot at a fair number of wins. the playoffs

The strength of the schedule is determined based on the winning percentage of projected opponents from the previous season, which generally provides a baseline for how hard, or in this case easy, wins are going to come for each team in the NFL. .

While wins each week are, of course, tough throughout all four quarters, these five teams have it much easier than their 2023 counterparts.

Let’s take a look, starting with the fifth easiest schedule:


Ryan Tannehill, number 17 of the Tennessee Titans, makes an adjustment at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Nissan Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

5. tennessee titans (.448 opponent winning percentage in 2022)

Head coach Mike Vrabel and the rest of the Titans want to erase how their 2022 season ended, seven straight losses that knocked them out of the playoffs and they finished 7-10.

While they have some tough opponents to start the season – the Los Angeles Chargers in week 2, week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals and week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens in London – they have a stretch of the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts from Weeks 8-13, with many of those games winnable.

The Falcons and Steelers have young quarterbacks with developing talent still on the roster, no more Tom Brady in Tampa Bay means big questions about what the Bucs will look like, and while Jacksonville is always a tough division opponent, Carolina and Indy they will probably have newbies. quarterbacks in 2023.


Tennessee could do the same after drafting Will Levis, but this is still Ryan Tannehill’s offense right now and Derrick Henry still handles the ball very well. Armed with Vrabel’s knack for solid defense, the Titans will be looking for some revenge after last season’s flop.

4. Indianapolis Colts (.434)

The AFC South is an issue in this group, as the Colts get just what they need to start rebuilding under new head coach Shane Steichen, who arrives after a glittering run with the Philadelphia Eagles as their offensive coordinator.

Armed with the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft, they selected Anthony Richardson from Florida, surprising some, but not when you see what Steichen has been able to do with a running quarterback like Jalen Hurts.

Richardson may be a project, but he doesn’t have the toughest schedule in his rookie season. He deals with division opponents quickly with the Jags and Houston Texans in Weeks 1 and 2, followed by the Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, Titans and Jags again in that order.

Anthony Richardson in the draft

Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson reacts after being selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the fourth overall pick during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. . (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

While those may be tough games, the Cleveland Browns, Saints, Panthers and New England Patriots are between Weeks 7 and 10 before the bye week. Neither of those teams made the playoffs in 2022.

Indy ends his season with the Steelers, Falcons, Las Vegas Raiders and Texans in the last four weeks as well.

Like the Colts, the Texans are hoping their new head coach/quarterback duo will make positive strides in 2023.

The DeMeco Ryans are defensive-minded coming from the San Francisco 49ers, but Ohio State’s CJ Stroud was No. 2 overall and will hopefully be the team’s quarterback going forward. He also didn’t hurt to switch to No. 3 overall to get Will Anderson out of Alabama and add some elite rookie talent.


The Texans have some fun pieces to watch, including cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and running back Dameon Pierce, and they’ll do so as another AFC South team with a favorable schedule.

The Ravens, Miami Dolphins and Jaguars in Weeks 1, 2 and 3 will be a tough sled, but it opens up after that. Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New Orleans, Carolina and Tampa Bay will be the next five games (the bye week comes in Week 7), before facing the Bengals in Week 10. It gets a little tough towards the end with the Titans in Week 15 and 17, as well as the Jets in Week 14. Also, it’s worth noting that the Broncos (Week 13) and Browns (Week 16) could see big improvements with better quarterback play in 2023. .

2. New Orleans Saints (.554)

Derek Carr points

Derek Carr, #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders, reacts on line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Allegiant Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Derek Carr joins a new team for the first time in his career and gets a good schedule to make his mark early.

He’s got the guns with Michael Thomas (if he’s healthy), Chris Olave and, of course, Alvin Kamara in the backfield to get things going on offense in the Bayou. It will all start with the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, but the Panthers, Packers, Bucs, Patriots and Texans will follow. Those should be winnable situations for New Orleans.

We saw the NFC South shake up last season — the Bucs won the division with just an 8-9 record — so playing the Bucs, Falcons, and Panthers twice this year is a draw the Saints hope to follow. .

The Chicago Bears, who had the worst record in the NFL last season, are also on the schedule.


1. Atlanta Falcons (.417)

The team with the easiest schedule in the NFL is the Falcons, and quarterback Desmond Ridder is being considered for a jump start in his second season.

The Panthers and Packers start the season at home, which are good matchups for Atlanta as they can go either way, at least on paper. The Lions will be tough, as will the Jags in London in Week 4. But the Texans, Commanders and Bucs follow London’s game.

Desmond Ridder stirs

Desmond Ridder, #4 of the Atlanta Falcons, fights with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Atlanta. (Alex Slitz/Getty Images)


Like the Saints, the Bears, Colts and Texans grace the schedule, giving the Falcons a chance to make an effort in a wide-open NFC South.