Six NFL teams are undefeated breaking the previous mark for most unbeaten teams by Week 6. The NFL record for the most 5-0 teams in a single season is five, which was set in 2009. Since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, 29 of the 31 (93.5 percent) previous teams to start 6-0 made the playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers are the standard in the league right now. But why are they undefeated?
Atlanta Falcons (5-0)
The Falcons stand on their own of the pack because of their multiple fourth-quarter comebacks. I call them the comeback kids. The Falcons are the first team in NFL history to start a season 5-0 after trailing in the fourth quarter of at least four games. The Falcons have comeback wins against the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys and Redskins. The Matt Ryan-Julio Jones connection might be the most potent combo in the league. Atlanta is third in the NFL in points per game (34.2) and fifth in total yards and passing yards. This team can move the ball. Jones is on track to grab 152 catches, 1,912 yards and 16 touchdowns. Running is not a problem either with Devonta Freeman, averaging about 113.5 rush yards per game. The problem with the Falcons is defense. So far their offense has been able to win the game, except in week 5, defense won the game for the Falcons in over time. The Falcons are allowing about 23.2 points per week, that’s ranked 15 in the league.
Denver Broncos (5-0)
This is the seventh time in franchise history the Broncos have started 5-0. Five of the previous six times they made the Super Bowl. The Broncos are winning with their amazing defense. Their defense only allows about 17.2 points per game, that’s ranked number 2 in the league. Teams cant thro on their excellent offense. They may have the best defense in the league right now. The defense is allowing Peyton Manning to figure the offense and to get the run game going. The Broncos are only getting about 24.2 points per game.
New England Patriots (4-0)
The Patriots have scored at least 40 points in each of those games and have tallied 15 rushing TDs. They are clearly winning because of their dominant offense. Brady’s completing 72 percent of his passes and has nine touchdowns with no picks thus far. If he can manage to keep his yards per attempt (8.4) rate constant through the season, it will be his highest mark since the 2011 season when he passed for 5,235 yards and 39 touchdowns. Brady is on pace for 5,930 yards passing, which would completely destroy the single-season NFL record (5,477). New England is leading the NFL in points per game, yards per game, and pass yards per game. New England’s week link is their run game and their defense. They only average a total of 87 rushing yards per game. Their defense has holes, like in the run game. They are allowing about 117 yards in the rushing game per week. If a team can keep up with the scoring of the Pats and slow down Tom Brady a little bit there is where the Pats will see their first lost.
Carolina Panthers (4-0)
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton already has 43 rushes for 195 yards and two TDs this season. That puts him on pace for 172 rush attempts, which would smash the NFL single-season quarterback record of 141 set by Bobby Douglass of the Bears in 1972. Cam Newtown is caring this team offensively since losing Kelvin Benjamin. Carolina is currently third in the NFL in opponent points per game (17.8), and they do it with a balance between pass and rush defense. So far the defense is holding up for the Panthers but they haven’t face a strong offensive team. I don’t see the Panthers staying undefeated all season since they have to play the Falcons twice.
Cincinnati Bengals (5-0)
The Bengals is a one of the only two undefeated teams that I can say is balanced. They are effective on offense and defense if one side is slipping the other side can pick up the slack. They can move the ball in the air and on the ground. Andy Dalton has flourished this season. At his current pace, he’d end the season with 4,748 yards, 36 touchdowns and four interceptions on the year. The Bengals offensive is ranked second in total offensive racking up about 30.2 points per game which is ranked fourth and 422 yards per game which is ranked second. Defensively even though they give up a lot of yardage teams have trouble scoring. They only allow 19.2 points per game and that is ranked ninth in the league. The Bengals are most definitely playoff bound and have the advantage in the AFC North.
Green Bay Packers (5-0)
I see the Packers being Super Bowl bound. Just like I said about the Bengals they have a very balanced team. Even though Aaron Rodgers threw not one but two interceptions last week at home and that hasn’t happened since 2012 he is still the man right now. Taking James Jones and making him into a threat, Rodgers doesn’t even have Jordy Nelson right now. The Packers offense is very patient and slow paced. They’re the fourth-slowest team in offensive tempo but they are still potent from efficiency per play standpoint. They are averaging about 28.2 points per game, which is sixth in the league, and 373.2 yards per game ranking tenth. The Packers are only allowing 17.8 point per game from opponents and that’s ranked fourth. The Packers will most definitely be in the Super Bowl this year.