The NFL is officially through five weeks of the season, and only four teams remain undefeated.
The surprise upset of the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs by the Las Vegas Raiders gave the Chiefs not only their first loss of the season, but also Patrick Mahomes’ first interception.
Tuesday, the undefeated Tennessee Titans blew out the previously undefeated Buffalo Bills, 42-16.
Heading into week six, the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans are the remaining undefeated teams. The question is, how long can they stay that way and how?
The Packers have a pretty easy schedule in front of them, with their toughest game being this Sunday against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The Packers are 4-0 and have been playing some amazing football, even with their receiving core being destroyed by injuries. To stay undefeated however, three things have to happen. They have to remain healthy, meaning that when players come back, they have to stay back. Injuries destroy any playoff team, just ask this year’s 49ers. Aaron Rodgers has to continue staying the elite quarterback that he is. As of now he’s thrown for 1,214 yards, with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s impressive given he’s 36. Lastly, their defense needs to stay solid. The word of the day is consistency. Stay consistent, and you stay undefeated.
Moving across the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks are 5-0 going into their bye week this Sunday. The Seahawks have a similarly easy schedule, with their toughest opponents being in week seven against the Cardinals and in week nine against the Bills. To stay undefeated, the Seahawks have to keep up their offense. As is the saying for the season ‘Let Russ Cook’, they have to continue to let Russell Wilson control the offense and keep them rolling. Wilson is off to a historic start, throwing for 1,502 yards with a 72.8% completion rate, while throwing 19 touchdowns to just three interceptions. The offense in general has been rolling, as receiver DK Metcalf moves into his role as a star receiver, with 496 yards and five touchdown catches. The biggest thing Seattle needs to do to stay undefeated, however, is improve defensively. They’ve given up over 2,000 passing yards through five weeks, and that’s with veteran safety Jamal Adams. Once again, consistency is key, and without consistency on defense, they’re going to have a hard time winning games.
Moving to the AFC, the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers are both 4-0. They’re grouped together, however, because both teams need the same three things. They need their offenses to be consistent, namely Pittsburgh with quarterback “Big Ben” Roethelisberger. They need their defenses to remain strong, as that is both teams’ strength. Lastly, they need both of their star players on offense to stay star players. Derrick Henry for the Titans has been looking like the running back we knew from last season, already having 376 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The Steelers, however, just need Big Ben to remain, here’s that word again, consistent. He’s been great so far, throwing for just over 1,000 yards on 69.9% completion rate with ten touchdowns to just one interception. If he stays playing that well, the Steelers have a shot at being one of the frontrunners in the AFC.
While these things could help these teams stay undefeated, the NFL is unpredictable, and with this season being as crazy as it is, you never know what could happen. Many other teams that have lost games are still very much in contention for good playoff spots, and some are early Super Bowl favorites. However, if these teams do stick to what was said here, there’s a good shot that they remain undefeated for at least a few more weeks. That’s a big deal in a league as competitive as this. Only time will tell though, so we just have to wait and see how these teams play through these next few weeks.