Will 2015 Go Down As The Weakest NFL Season Ever?

 

Will 2015 Go Down As The Weakest NFL Season Ever?

By Burt Carey

How crazy is it that after 11 weeks of NFL games, there are just nine teams with winning records? Are fans supposed to be completely enamored with the last two remaining undefeated teams and just chalk up the rest of the league as also-rans?

Perish the thought!stadium-663584_640
With sincere apologies to Tom Brady and Cam Newton, the odds just aren’t with either the New England Patriots or the Carolina Panthers to finish with a goose egg in the loss column. Which is a simple way of saying, don’t count out those teams with two, three or even five losses from taking home the Lombardi Trophy next February.

Since the NFL was founded in 1920, only one team has gone through a complete season and the playoffs undefeated (without ties): the 1972 Miami Dolphins. They finished the season 17-0 and won Super Bowl VII.

Three times teams have finished the regular season undefeated.

  • The 1934 Chicago Bears went 13-0 but lost in the ’34 NFL Championship Game to the New York Giants, 30-13. The Giants finished with an 8-5 record.
  • In 1942, having lost head coach George Halas and several players to World War II, the Bears raced to an 11-0 record only to lose to the Washington Redskins 14-6 in the NFL Championship. After a dismal 6-5 season in 1941, Washington rebounded with a sterling 10-1 record in that championship year.
  • And in 2007, Brady and current head coach Bill Belichick led the Patriots to an 18-0 mark (16 regular-season games and two playoff wins) before losing to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants that year finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and entered the playoffs as a wildcard team.

All of that underscores the fact that the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills and, yes, the Giants, all at 5-5, have just as much of a shot at going to – and winning – the Super Bowl as either the Patriots or the Panthers.

Arizona Cardinal fans have legitimate reason to cheer for an 8-2 team that won a hard-fought battle against the 8-2 Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday. Both teams are looking solid and relatively healthy moving into the final weeks of the regular season, unlike the 7-3 Denver Broncos who’ve lost quarterback Peyton Manning for the next two weeks.

As the NFL season comes down the stretch, it’s anyone’s call as to which teams will show up in crunch time – and whether the cream of the regular season stays at the top through the playoffs.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle