Who will be the last undefeated team in the NFL?
Let's make a few predictions and find out.
Next Three Games: at NO, vs. BAL, vs. BUF
When They Will Lose: Week 4 at NO
There's no doubt that the Dolphins have been one of the major surprises early on. And they've beaten high quality teams at that. Two of their three wins are against the Colts and Falcons, with the Colts one coming in Indianapolis. But while all is well right now, they are going to run into a buzz saw next Monday night at the Superdome in New Orleans. It just has the feel of one of those games where the Saints score a few touchdowns early and the Dolphins can't find a way to recover. Hey, it was fun while it lasted though.
New England Patriots
Next Three Games: at ATL, at CIN, vs. NO
When They Will Lose: Week 4 at ATL
To be honest, this Patriots team doesn't seem like one that could keep an undefeated streak going for a while like previous Pats teams have. And no matter how well they play, they're in for a difficult battle with the Falcons on Sunday night. Why? The Falcons currently sit at 1-2 and desperately need to win. The Patriots haven't been all that impressive, and it should be electric in the Georgia Dome. Can't see Bill Belichick's team leaving there still undefeated.
Next Three Games: at DET, vs. NO, vs. NYG
When They Will Lose: Week 4 at DET
The defense for the Bears has been outstanding to this point, and is without question one of the hottest in the league right now. They'll need to continue to be as their next two opponents feature high-powered offenses that could explode for big numbers. The Lions are currently second in the league in passing yards, with the Saints not too far behind them in fourth. Unfortunately for the Bears undefeated streak, it won't make it to meet the Saints. Visiting Detroit is never an easy task, and this Lions team is showing major progress from a year ago. The Lions stand atop the NFC North after Week 4.
Kansas City Chiefs
Next Three Games: vs. NYG, at TEN, vs. OAK
When They Will Lose: Week 5 at TEN
The Chiefs went out and won the Andy Reid Bowl last Thursday, which put them at 3-0 on the season. I highly doubt there was anyone outside of Kansas City that had this team starting out 3-0. Don't look now, but the Chiefs could actually extend this undefeated streak for several more weeks. They get the hapless Giants up next at Arrowhead, and then they take the show on the road to Tennessee. The game in Nashville worries me. The Titans are improving each game, and honestly, should be 3-0 themselves right now had they not blown a late lead against the Houston Texans. Reid's team loses their first game in Nashville on October 6.
Next Three Games: at HOU, at IND, vs. TEN
When They Will Lose: Week 5 at IND
The Seahawks pounded their two previous opponents in San Francisco and Jacksonville. Now they finish up their AFC South gauntlet against the Texans, Colts, and Titans. Reliant Stadium will be rocking when they visit this weekend, but Houston is having some offensive struggles right now that won't be fixed in a week. I'll take Seattle there. But the following week, the Seahawks visit Andrew Luck and the Colts, who also smashed the Niners. The Colts have been reinvigorated after acquiring Trent Richardson, and I think they give Russell Wilson and company their first "L" of the year in a tight game.
New Orleans Saints
Next Three Games: vs. MIA, at CHI, at NE
When They Will Lose: Week 6 at NE
Look at those next three games for the Saints again. All three teams currently sit at 3-0, so this team will need to play its best football or 3-3 could be a real possibility. As mentioned in previous sections, however, the Saints are going to turn a few heads when they knock off the Dolphins and Bears. Then the visit to New England gets them. The Patriots will be rebounding from a loss to the Bengals, and will play well enough to squeak one out in Foxboro.
Next Three Games: vs. PHI, at DAL, vs. JAC
When They Will Lose: Week 12 at NE
Did you expect anyone different? Looking at the upcoming schedule, week 6 at Dallas and week 8 at Indianapolis should be intriguing. But with Peyton Manning at the helm, the Broncos will find a way to get past those roadblocks. Then, with Denver sitting at 10-0, we'll get Manning vs. Brady in what could turn out to be the game of the year in the NFL. This seems like the best spot to pick against the Broncos. Still, 15-1 or 14-2 is strong possibility for what will turn out to be the best team in the league at the end of the season.
What are your predictions for the remaining undefeated teams in the NFL?