The problem with prognosticating a "tough schedule" or not is that every year there approx 5 new playoff teams, and 5 from the year before fall back to earth. It just depends on which ones are going to be those teams. Last year the Bucs sucked after being pretty good in '10, whereas the Lions and Bengals were much better than expected.
The schedule is also affected by when
you play teams, we played the Cowboys at the beginning of the season when they looked like they would easily win the division, then Mike Vick put up his career best in yardage against us, the Giants were on a roll when we got them in the middle of the season, and the Cardinals and Seahawks were fighting to stay alive in the playoff hunt while we had already wrapped up the division and were both on hot streaks. The ridiculous scheduling of a road game against a very hot Ravens team on Thursday night was the first time a west coast team ever had to travel to the east coast after only 3 days of rest. Getting the Steelers with a hobbling Roethlisberger helped.
I see the Saints coming down with all that has happened to their team and coaching staff. The will still be pretty good on offense, but it's doubtful they will be as good as they were last year. Every other team is a guess to how good they will be when we play them, I think we definitely have it easier than last year with the way the road/home games are spread out. I see the Patriots, Packers and Seahawks road games as they toughest ones, everything else we have a very good chance of winning IMHO.
[ Edited by KowboyKiller on Aug 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM ]