The new NFL scheduling system means that record has very little to do with it. You get 2 games against each in-division opponent. Then 4 games against one AFC division and one NFC division. That's 14 games that are pre-determined.
Then you get two more games according to your place in your division against the other two AFC teams that finished in that same place in your division. So really, there are only 2 games affected by your record. Make sense now?
That's just the way the cookie crumbled this year. THey didn't do it to spite us or anything. NFL schedule's are set on certain divisions playing certain other divisions from year to year. THis year, we play the whole AFC WEST (which just happens to be pretty dam good) as opposed to lastyear, we played the AFC NORTH (was it?)...and the NFC WEST. THis year it's the AFC WEST and the NFC SOUTH. I suppose that next year that'll leave us against the AFC SOUTH and the NFC North. COnfusing already?