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BetOnline Calls Rams and Chiefs Longshots to Go 16-0

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The Los Angeles Rams received their first real scare of the 2018 NFl season in Week 5, when they barely got by the Seahawks 33-31. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) and Los Angeles Rams (5-0) are the NFL’s last unbeaten teams
  • BetOnline gives both long odds of going 16-0
  • The 1972 Miami Dolphins (14-0) and 2007 New England Patriots (16-0) are the only unbeaten regular-season teams in the Super Bowl era

That the Los Angeles Rams are one of the NFL’s last remaining unbeaten teams is hardly surprising. They’re considered a Super Bowl favorite.

That they’re joined at 5-0 by the Kansas City Chiefs can’t be considered shocking – the Chiefs won the AFC West title last season, after all – but it is somewhat intriguing.

The Chiefs handed their quarterbacking reins to second-year pro Pat Mahomes, who had one career start on his NFL resume. All Mahomes has done is perform like he’s possessed by the spirit of Dan Marino, putting his name atop the list of NFL MVP contenders.

Still, 16-0 is a tall order to fill. No wonder BetOnline is offering such long odds on either of these teams running the table unblemished.

Odds the Rams or Chiefs go 16-0

Will the Rams or Chiefs go 16-0? Odds at BetOnline
No -1500
Yes +700

In 52 years of Super Bowl competition, two NFL teams have posted perfect regular-seasons – the 1972 Dolphins (14-0) and the 2007 Patriots (16-0). Only the Dolphins won the Super Bowl.

Chiefs, Rams Will Clash

Whether or not they meet in Super Bowl 53, it’s a certainty that they will face each other on the gridiron this season. The Chiefs are at the Rams in a Sunday night football showdown on Nov. 19, so at least one of them won’t finish 16-0.

Imagine the buzz if both teams get to that game without a loss.

Potential Chiefs Pitfalls

It gets dicey for the Chiefs this week, as they travel to New England. That’s immediately followed by a home date against the Bengals. Back-to-back games against division leaders will be a tough row to hoe.

Besides the Rams game, other possible bumps in the road include Dec. 2 at Oakland – always a fierce rivalry, irregardless of the records – and Dec. 9 against Baltimore.

Possible Rams Slams

The Packers come to LA Oct. 28, followed by a Nov. 4 road trip to New Orleans. 

After playing host to the Chiefs, there’s a dangerous Dec. 9 trek to Soldier Field to face the Bears. The Super Bowl champion Eagles are in LA Dec. 16.

History On Their Side

The three previous times the Chiefs have opened 5-0 in the Super Bowl era, they’ve made the playoffs every season, but they’ve never won a postseason game in any of those years.

This is the ninth time since 1966 that the Rams have opened 5-0. They’ve been a playoff team seven of eight previous times, going to two Super Bowls and three NFC Championship Games.

The Rams began the 1969 season a franchise-best 11-0. They didn’t win the Super Bowl that season, but you know who did for the only time in franchise history? The Chiefs.

Maybe the best thing for the Chiefs is that the Rams just keep on winning.

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A veteran journalist, Bob Duff has written over two-dozen books, including authorized biographies of Johnny Bower, Desmond Howard and Gordie Howe. He has covered the Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup, NBA Finals, March Madness and the Olympic Games.