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Which NFL Team Can Stay Perfect the Longest in 2020?

| October 9, 2020 9:43 am PDT
Which NFL Team Will Lose Last in 2020?

Even with the NBA Finals wrapping up and baseball inching closer to the World Series, pro football still reigns supreme.

The talk of the sports world remains the NFL, where we’re all wondering who will win the NFL MVP, who will get to the Super Bowl, and which former contenders could free fall.

Somewhere in that mix is the debate over which team is capable of going 16-0. It’s only been done once before, so even though that debate is probably an ambitious one, we can all still ponder who can stay undefeated the longest.

You actually can bet on it, too.

Most NFL betting websites allowed you to place a bet on which NFL team will lose last before the season even started, but now that we’re a quarter of the way in, things are getting serious with six teams going into week five without a loss.

Two of those teams (Titans and Steelers) were supposed to play last week, but due to COVID-19, they had their game rescheduled and both stayed perfect.

Eventually, a lot of these teams will see their schedules stiffen up, or they’ll even start canceling each other out. But who will stay undefeated the longest? And can any of them actually go 16-0?

Let’s take a quick look at each team’s case, and offer a prediction for which NFL team will be the last to lose in 2020.

Buffalo Bills (4-0)

The Bills have been rather dominant, as Josh Allen has pushed out MVP-level production. You know, the type of play and numbers that have NFL legend Brett Favre saying he’ll be the next Tom Brady.

That’s probably a bit of a stretch, but Allen can ball, and Buffalo’s defense has been suffocating at times, as well.

Of course, as good as the Bills are, they do have some issues. Turnovers have been a problem in the past, while the very things that make Josh Allen so great can also tear him and this Bills team down.

His recklessness could have this franchise going either way, while bettors need to consider that they face another unbeaten right away this week (Tennessee). Even if they win that game, the Bills take on the Chiefs in their very next week.

Beyond that, the Bills have two meetings with the Patriots on the horizon, as well as showdowns with the Seahawks, Steelers, and 49ers as the season marches on.

It’s unlikely Buffalo actually goes 16-0, and with two tough games coming in the next two weeks alone, extending their perfect run a whole lot further might be wishful thinking.

Tennessee Titans (3-0)

Well, the cat is out of the bag. The Titans probably lucked out from not having to battle the Steelers in week four, but in week five they’re putting their perfect record on the line against Buffalo.

You can decide how to bet on that situation, assuming that game plays.

Either way, the Titans have a tough game on their hands if they play this week, while their schedule features clashes with the Ravens and Packers down the road.

That said, Tennessee has a dynamic offense and one of the most punishing running backs in football in Derrick Henry. If they can win those tense showdowns with Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Green Bay, playing in the cakewalk AFC South could set them up for a dream season.

I don’t personally see them beating the Ravens (or going undefeated), but life in this division sure has its perks.

Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)

The Steelers may see their run end as early as week five. That may have happened had their week four showdown with the Titans gone through, anyway, but they’re welcoming a desperate Eagles team to town.

Philly is off to a slow start, but I like them a lot in my week 5 NFL upset picks.

You may not agree, so let’s consider that Ben Roethlisberger is healthy and managing games well, and he’s blessed with a stellar supporting cast. Pittsburgh has the backs to orchestrate a methodical offense, and Mike Tomlin continues to be perhaps the most underrated head coach of all-time.

The Steelers also have a tenacious defense, so if you’re wondering at all if this team is for real, wonder no more. Of course, there’s a big difference between being good and going 16-0.

As I said, I think they get tripped up in week five, but the odds are good that’s happening pretty soon, no matter what. Pittsburgh has to face the Ravens twice this year, and even the Browns are starting to look like a problem.

As if the AFC North wasn’t enough, the Steelers also have future battles with the Titans, Cowboys (is that even scary anymore?) and Bills. Pittsburgh could rip off another couple of wins here, but I can’t imagine they get a lot further than 5-0, if that.

Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)

Welcome to the first undefeated NFL team truly capable of running the table. Nobody will balk at that, as the Chiefs just won the Super Bowl, and boast the best pure passer in the entire league.

Patrick Mahomes opened the year as the favorite to win the league MVP. And while you shouldn’t bet on him to win this year, he’s still amazing and has the necessary weapons to win week in and week out.

The question is if it’ll actually happen. KC gets the Raiders this week, so my assumption is they’ll safely get to 5-0. Things do get dicey from there, however, as they face Buffalo in week six.

Of course, if they get past the Bills, they could quite easily be 10-0 before running into Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on November 29th.

After that, the only team realistically stopping them from going 16-0 maybe the New Orleans Saints.

Kansas City has already had some close calls, but that’s probably due more to a lack of focus and/or playing down to the level of their competition. If they can thwart off the sleepies in games they’re supposed to win, it’s possible they’re the last team standing in 2020.

Green Bay Packers (4-0)

Another team I like a lot is the Packers. They don’t have to risk their perfect record this week, as they’re on a bye.

Aaron Rodgers has fully bought into Green Bay’s system in year two, and even without a healthy array of weapons, he’s playing like an NFL MVP. There is a strong case for Rodgers being the real favorite to win the award in 2020, too.

Whether that happens or not, the Packers are lighting defenses up, and they’ve proven during their hot start that they can run with anyone.

That idea will admittedly be tested pretty soon, however, as they face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers right after their bye. If they can get past Tampa Bay, of course, they should have two winnable games before running into their nemesis, the San Francisco 49ers.

The Niners and Bucs could pose problems, but this current rendition of the 49ers is rather watered down. It’s not impossible to imagine the Packers just skating right through all of these games and taking a 10-0 record into their first showdown with the Chicago Bears.

But after those two potential hiccups, the only scary matchup the rest of the way is a week 16 clash with the Titans. On paper, the Packers could go on quite the run. I’m just not sold they’ll beat both the Bucs and Niners, is all.

Seattle Seahawks (4-0)

Lastly, we have the Seahawks, who may be one of the worst undefeated teams remaining in the NFL. I don’t mean that as an unnecessary slight, as it’s more about the insane work Russell Wilson has done.

He and Rodgers have similar MVP resumes this year, as they are managing to support bad defenses. Wilson, however, basically is his team’s offense. Unlike in past years, the Seahawks are taking off the training wheels and seeing if he can carry them.

So far, so good, but it will be interesting to see if Wilson runs out of gas as the season wears on.

Seattle’s bad defense could eventually put them in some bad spots, and one could arrive immediately in week five against a hungry Vikings team. I do like Minnesota to beat the spread this week, and they’re an upset candidate due to their offensive upside.

That said, Wilson isn’t someone to be denied very often (or easily), so I doubtfully betting against him here makes too much sense. It’s the endless string of solid opponents (Cardinals, 49ers, Bills, Rams, etc.) over the next several weeks that is troubling.


It’s unlikely anyone goes 16-0 this year, but the team with a real shot is 100% the Chiefs. They’re the most talented, they have the best coaching, they play in a weak division, and after winning a title, it’s the next logical step to at least attempt.

Getting to 16-0 isn’t something we should expect, but they are capable of it, and I’ll be surprised if they’re not at least the last team to lose in 2020.

If you need a secondary bet, it’s Green Bay.

Those showdowns with the Bucs and Niners are coming up fast, but Green Bay will no doubt be motivated to prove they’re the team to beat in the NFC. Winning those games will prove that, and if they can also stack on the wins in between those clashes, they’re looking at a 10-0 start.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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