Just one team has ever gone 16-0 in the regular season in NFL history, and that team is the 2007 New England Patriots. Other teams have come close, like the 2015 Carolina Panthers and 2009 Colts and Saints, while the 1972 Dolphins remained unbeaten over a shorter regular-season schedule. But no one has done it for 16 games other than the Pats.
What are the odds that a team does it in 2018, or even that the Patriots do it again?
Odds on perfect and winless 2018-19 Regular Seasons via @paddpower:— TheDuel (@TheDuelSports) September 5, 2018
Any team to go 16-0 in the Regular Season & win the Super Bowl: 3⃣3⃣ / 1⃣
New England Patriots to go 16-0 in the Regular Season: 3⃣3⃣ / 1⃣
Cleveland Browns to go 0-16 in the Regular Season: 5⃣0⃣ / 1⃣
So the odds that the Patriots go undefeated are the same as the odds for any NFL team to go undefeated and win the Super Bowl. That's an insane level of respect for the Patriots and essentially says if any team is going to do it this year, it's the Pats.
The thing here is I don't think the Patriots are particularly interested in going 16-0, because Belichick and Brady already did that and it ended with a Super Bowl loss.
They're perfectly fine sleepwalking to 12-4, easily dispatching an opponent in the divisional round of the playoffs and then playing two tough games to end the year. Going 16-0 takes a lot of effort and the Pats don't want to be exhausted come playoff time.
Of course, if they get close the Patriots have proven in the past they'll go for it. But at this point, with the parody in the NFL, going 16-0 is tough for any team, even the Pats.
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