Only two teams have gone undefeated, the 1972 Miami Dolphins (14-0, Super Bowl Champions) and the 2007 New England Patriots (16-0 regular season). But, neither should have any reason to feel as if their places in NFL history are under threat this season. Only three teams remain undefeated heading into the final Sunday of September.
Interestingly however, all three, Houston, Atlanta and Arizona, are perfect against the spread and all three are getting the job done with defense (unlike last year, when the teams with the best records, Green Bay and New England, had the worst defenses in the league). In fact, in the nine games involving the Cardinals, Texas and Falcons this season, the over has only hit twice.
Here’s a look at the undefeated teams going forward, along with current odds of winning Super Bowl XLVII:
Houston Texans (4/1 to Win Super Bowl XLVII)
It wasn’t too long ago that the Texans were playing for second place in the AFC South. But with the best defense in the AFC and Indianapolis rebuilding, the road is clear and freshly paved for Houston to roll through the AFC South and into the playoffs – so long as Matt Schaub can keep all his body parts glued together.
NEXT GAME: Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-12, 45)
Atlanta Falcons (7/1 to Win Super Bowl XLVII)
Wasn’t this supposed to be the best division in football this season? The Falcons appear to have easy pickings in the NFC South, where Carolina, New Orleans and Tampa Bay appear to be shrinking from the spotlight.
Arizona Cardinals (23/1 to Win Super Bowl XLVII)
That win in New England was a signature victory for the franchise, which hopes to upend conventional wisdom by winning a title without a franchise quarterback – a 180 flip from five years ago, when Kurt Warner’s passing carried the Cards to within one play of winning the Super Bowl.