- The Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs are the most likely candidates for a perfect season in 2020
- Only two NFL teams have gone undefeated during the regular season, with the 2007 New England Patriots the last to accomplish the feat
- See the odds on whether a team can go undefeated this season in the story below
It has been 13 years since the New England Patriots marched to a 16-0 record, joining the ’72 Miami Dolphins as the only teams to have a perfect regular season in the SB era.
The feat is not expected to be duplicated in the upcoming campaign, with the odds of any team going 16-0 during the regular season pegged at a lengthy +1000.
Odds NFL Team Goes Undefeated in 2020
|Prop||‘Yes’ Odds||‘No’ Odds|
|Will Any Team Go 16-0 in the 2020 Regular Season?||+1000||-5000|
|Will Any Team Go 19-0 in the 2020 Regular Season and Playoffs||+2000||-10000|
Odds taken May 13th
Chiefs Best Positioned to Join Undefeated Ranks
In the years since the Patriots went 16-0, two teams have come close to joining the exclusive ranks of the undefeated, with both the 2011 Green Bay Packers and 2015 Carolina Panthers finishing with 15-1 records.
Overall, just five teams managed to win 14 or more regular-season games during the past decade, including the 2010 and ’16 Patriots and the ’19 Baltimore Ravens.
The defending champion Kansas City Chiefs currently lead the way, both as favorites in the Super Bowl 55 odds, and as a strong -145 bet to win at least 12 games in 2020. The Chiefs are buoyed by a favorable schedule, as well as their recent dominance of AFC West opponents, with a 27-3 record in divisional matchups since 2015.
Unlike the 1972 Dolphins, who went 17-0 on their way to Super Bowl glory, it now takes an unprecedented 19-0 run to lay claim to a true perfect season.
The reigning champions will face tough early-season tests against Baltimore, Buffalo, and New England. But with a second half that features just one meeting with a 2019 playoff team, Kansas City has to be considered the best candidate to go 19-0 and pay out on attractive +2000 odds.
Picks: Yes, a team goes 16-0 (+1000); Yes, a team goes 19-0 (+2000)
Odds of Going 16-0 in 2020 NFL Season
|Team||‘Yes” Odds||‘No’ Odds|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+7500||-10000|
Can Ravens Build on Epic 2019 Run?
It is likely to be a tougher road for the Ravens, who have emerged as a +2800 bet to go 16-0 during the regular season. Last season, Baltimore built its 14-2 record on a franchise-record 12-game win streak, and will have much to prove after bowing out with a 28-12 loss to Tennessee during AFC Divisional weekend.
The Ravens NFL strength of schedule is favorable, and they will likely face their stiffest non-divisional competition on home turf, including dates with the Chiefs, Titans, and Dallas Cowboys.
However, the key to a perfect season for Baltimore will be its performance against improved divisional rivals.
We don't talk enough about Baltimore's defense this year.
During the Ravens' 12-game winning streak, the defense has:
– Allowed the NFL's fewest points per game (15.2)
– Allowed the NFL's fewest net yards per game (268.9)
– Allowed the NFL's second-lowest passer rating (71.7)
— Garrett Downing (@gdowning14) January 8, 2020
With Ben Roethlisberger set to return, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to make gains in 2020, with -125 odds of winning OVER 9 games, and the arrival of Joe Burrow is likely to upgrade the Cincinnati Bengals from their recent doormat status.
The consistently underachieving Cleveland Browns cannot be counted out as a divisional threat. The Browns have taken two of four meetings from Baltimore, including a 40-25 rout of the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium last September.
Despite those concerns, this remains an uber-talented Ravens squad that has proven capable of embarking on a prolific run, and is worthy of a flyer bet to go 16-0.
Pick: Yes (+2800)
Bucs Improved, but Far From Perfection
While last season we may have been talking about Tampa Bay going winless, their offseason makeover has led to lofty expectations.
The Bucs will undeniably show improvement following the offseason additions of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, and the arrival of first-round draft pick Tristan Wirfs.
But it is likely too much to ask for the Buccaneers to make such a dramatic turnaround after 12 years of futility, a run that has featured nine losing seasons.
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) March 20, 2020
While Brady is an upgrade on Jameis Winston, he will be 43 when the season starts, and is likely to need time to get comfortable in his new home.
In addition to their two annual dates with the reigning NFC South champion New Orleans Saints, the Buccaneers must overcome their historical struggles against NFC North opponents, not to mention a Week 12 clash with Kansas City.
Pick: No (-10000)
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