It wasn't an easy scheduie, but it did not turn out to be nearly as tough as advertised, at least not according to the SoS, we played A LOT of teams that were about where we were, middle of the pack, think about these seven teams;
The Falcons, Bills, Pats, Bucs, Panthers, Titans and Steelers all had worse records than they did the year before, in fact, those teams lost 22 more games this year,...hahaha, I'm sorry, could you say that in my good ear, LOL, yes thats 75-37 in 08 and 53-59 in 09.
The other six teams that either did better or tied what they did last year had 15 more wins, but 10 of those 15 belong to NO and SD who both went from 8-8 to 13-3, so out of those 13 teams 11 teams had lost 17 more games.
Lets face it, we did't have to face some of the teams we thought we were going to have to face, the 12-4 Steelers never showed up, nor did the 13-3 Titans, someone had declawed the 12-4 Panthers before we saw them, and what about the even better Brady Pats, they couldn't even match the 11-5 record from the year before, nor could the supposed to be improving Falcs.
We knew the Colts would be good, no one was surprised by NO or SD, they were supposed to be good, but we were supposed to be playing teams like that every other week, it didn't happen.
I'm not here to say that these things are always wrong, just that it means nothing until you know what those teams bring to the table THAT year, not some other year, the numerical difference is there but the SD and NO inflating makes it look a little closer than it was, 125-83 in 08 and 118-90 in 09, but that is still a 14 game swing.
So remember that when the SoS comes out, it's really not even worth the ether it's printed into, lol, you can just as easily look at the schedule and see if it's "supposed" to be tough or whatever, stiil,..... until it's proven on the field it means nothing, or like they used to say in the old days, "it's not worth the ink it's printed with".