Such is the case with the Giants who, thanks to a decade of winning seasons, have traditionally drawn one of the league's toughest schedules.
One of the residual effects of enduring a losing year is that you draw a less taxing schedule the following season.
This year, the Giants have drawn the NFL's sixth-easiest schedule, thanks to a 7-9 2013 campaign. Their 2014 opponents had a aggregate winning percentage of just .465.
The Oakland Raiders have the toughest schedule (.578) while the Indianapolis Colts have the easiest (.430).
On the schedule for the Giants in 2014: Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington home-and-home. Arizona, Atlanta, San Francisco, Indianapolis Houston at home. Road games: Seattle, St. Louis, Detroit, Jacksonville and Tennessee.