What a difference a year makes. Last year the Patriots had the toughest schedule in the league. With a new quarterback for the first time in 2 decades along with dealing with a pandemic and numerous key team members opting out, the Patriots missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. The future is looking much brighter though. According to ESPN the Patriots currently have the 6th easiest schedule based on current rosters. This is because they will be playing teams from the NFC South this season.
Coincidentally, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the easiest schedule going forward.
2021 NFL strength of schedule based on current rosters.
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) May 4, 2021