With four wins in their final four games and a 6-10 record that was their best since 2007, the Detroit Lions ended the 2010 season on a rather impressive note. But does the Lions' improvement look even better, considering that they had the most difficult schedule among NFC North teams in 2010?â†µ
As explained by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert (with some help from the Stats & Info department), the opponents on Detroit's 2011 schedule had a combined record of 133-123-0 in 2010. That's tied (among seven teams) for the third highest won-loss percentage (.520) in the NFL. The next closest team is the Green Bay Packers, whose opponents had a .508 winning percentage in 2010.â†µ
Who had the easiest schedule in the NFC North? The Chicago Bears, who won the division and earned a first-round playoff bye with an 11-5 record this past season. The Bears' opponents had a .488 winning percentage in 2010, tied for 23rd in the NFL. Only seven teams had an easier schedule.