From all of the 32 teams in the NFL, only three are left with undefeated as a prefix to their name after week nine of the season. The New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Carolina Panthers.
It is at this point of the season many analysts will look at the undefeated teams and ask if they could remain undefeated throughout the remainder of the year, and possibly win the Super Bowl too. This would place them in a very exclusive club alongside the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins.
As each week comes and goes and a team stays undefeated, the pressure towards meeting that goal grows, teams begin to crack, and eventually they do lose. The Patriots were the last team to get close as they lost in Super Bowl XLII in the 2007 season against the New York Giants after a 16-0 season. Who could go that far this year?
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I don't see any team remaining undefeated by the end of the season, but the Patriots are my favorites to finish off the year with the best record out of the three. The AFC East team are probably going to lose once or twice, but the Bengals and Panthers to me will lose three or more times in the remaining eight games of the season.
Tom Brady this season has been simply amazing this year. 2,709 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and only two interceptions puts him on the right track for a career best year. He's had better seasons and won the Super Bowl, and I expect them to do the same this year.
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However, perfection will not be alongside Brady's name once again, as I feel they'll lose to their bogey team this week, the Giants, and against one of the best defenses in the league right now, the Denver Broncos in week 12.
The Patriots haven't played against the Giants since their Super Bowl clash in the 2011 season, which was won by the NFC East team, and the AFC East team hasn't won against the New York side since the last game of the 2007 regular season.
If there is anywhere where the Patriots lack strength, it's the pass defense, as they have allowed on average 244.8 yards in the air per game this season. Going up against Eli Manning and a Giants team which is predominantly passing will be too tough for them to handle.
They haven't really faced a tough quarterback from the opposition since Ben Roethlisberger in week one, and Andrew Luck in week six of the season, so a reality check is in order.
The best way to overcome this would be to outscore the Giants on offense with Brady, but I think it will be difficult for the Patriots to do that at MetLife Stadium.