5-0 teams have fizzled out in recent years

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The NFL currently has two 5-0 teams. The question now becomes whether the Rams or the Chiefs will avoid the fates of three recent teams that rocketed to 5-0 starts.

It began in 2015, when the Falcons started 5-0. And 5-0 eventually became 6-7.

The following year, the Vikings started 5-0. And 5-0 eventually became 6-6.

The next year, the Chiefs started 5-0. And 5-0 eventually became 6-6.

Of those three teams, only the Chiefs rallied to salvage a playoff berth. This year, the Rams already have the NFC West firmly under control, barring a complete and total collapse. The Chiefs have less wiggle room, with the 3-2 Chargers (the losses have come to the Rams and Chiefs) ready to pounce in the event K.C. stumbles.

But the Chiefs are keenly aware of the pitfalls of being 5-0 and having it all fall apart. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes told PFT after the Week Two win against Pittsburgh that, by witnessing the slide as a rookie backup to Alex Smith, he learned the importance of staying focused on taking care of business and “never being satisfied.”

Last year, the first loss came at home against the Steelers. This year, the Chiefs will try to avoid 5-1 on the road, against the Patriots. Obviously, it won’t be easy.

The Rams won’t have an easy sixth win, either. The Broncos are desperate and at home. The temperatures will be in the 20s, and snow is in the forecast.

So maybe both of the 5-0 teams will end the day at 5-1. It’s still unlikely that either or both will end up being 6-6, however.

31 responses to “5-0 teams have fizzled out in recent years

  1. I think its partly to do with parity rules and partly the shorter preseason, and a lot to do with their games/divs. NFCW is a bit weak and Rams first 5 opponents are 11-15-1 combined and none had good defenses. 3 of their games were at home, a visit to a terrible Raiders and the only tough-ish away game (at Seattle) they won by the merest whisker. AFCW is also a bit weak and Chiefs’ opponents are a combined 11-14-1 and the only tough D they’ve faced so far was Jags at home. Don’t get me wrong, they’re both great teams, just saying.

  2. As Herm Edwards will tell you, “you play to win the game.” It matters not what your win/loss record is for games earlier in the season and games in years past. You play to win the game. YOU PLAY TO WIN. All of the other chatter is little more than silly filler for sports blog pages.

  3. Of course there was also the 2015 Patriots who started 10-0 and went to the AFC title game but we have to ignore them because otherwise we it would contradict this filler article.

  4. the Chiefs are real, and they are doing it with Eric Berry and Dan Sorensen out, as well as a bunch of rookies on defense thrown right into the fire.

    When Berry, Sorensen and Houston come back in 2-4 weeks, and the rookies have 3/4 season under their belts, this defense will solidify as the offense gets even stronger.

    Fact is, Kansas City is a decade long dynasty, just now getting started, and there is simply NOTHING that any other team can do about it.

  5. kamthechancellor says:

    October 14, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Seahawks offensive line dominated Suh, Donald, and Brockers.

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    But did they win?

  6. dryzzt23 says:
    October 14, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Again…snow in Denver…in OCTOBER…in this era of global warming how is that even possible Al Gore and the elitist left?
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    Jeez. You can believe in it or not, but Global Warming doesn’t mean “no snow”- and really has nothing to do with “elitist left”.

    You can choose not to believe in gravity too, but that doesn’t mean you are not affected by it!!!

    Wish we could just stick to football.

  7. bjwbrown2011 says:
    October 14, 2018 at 10:53 am
    Of course there was also the 2015 Patriots who started 10-0 and went to the AFC title game but we have to ignore them because otherwise we it would contradict this filler article.
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    You have the right idea. Get all of your happy talk in now, while you can. Sundown is rapidly approaching.

  8. Again…snow in Denver…in OCTOBER…in this era of global warming how is that even possible Al Gore and the elitist left?
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    It’s a mile high! Snow in the mountains in October isn’t that rare. Regardless, an isolated snow storm in Denver has absolutely no bearing on the WORLD’S climate. The fact that you think an issue as large as climate change can be proven or disproven by a snowstorm in the CO mountains is startling.

  9. “Again…snow in Denver…in OCTOBER…in this era of global warming how is that even possible Al Gore and the elitist left?”

    Because its in the mountains at 5000′?

    The entire world except the science deniers of the GOP that are owned by the polluters of the fossil fuel industry recognize climate change as fact. To think that mankind can though billions of tons of pollutants into the atmosphere and have no effect is insanity.

  10. I can just hear it now, even though the Chiefs are 3.5 point underdogs playing on the road against a team who were ranked this week in most polls as the #3 team in the NFL with the Chiefs missing their 2 best players on Defense and not one starting safety playing today that started week one. All the talking heads/haters will be the first to cry see the Chiefs are pretenders just like last year, they can’t wait to see the Chiefs lose. Just remember you don’t win the Superbowl in October and the Chiefs Defense will get Eric Berry back along with Justin Houston and their starting safeties at that point in the season no one will touch them. If the Chiefs have everybody back on Defense when they play the Rams it will be a long day for the Rams.

  11. “Again…snow in Denver…in OCTOBER…in this era of global warming how is that even possible Al Gore and the elitist left?”

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    It was a laudable idea but unfortunately it failed – No child left behind.

  12. Trump is the G.O.A.T says:
    October 14, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Fact is, Kansas City is a decade long dynasty, just now getting started, and there is simply NOTHING that any other team can do about it.
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    The Chiefs are a good looking team no doubt about it but even the most delusional pom pom wavers (except the purples) usually wait until they win at least one championship (hello little 12’s) before they start talking dynasty, lol.

    Just a thought but you might also want to stop and consider Regular Season Andy vs Playoff Andy when you consider the whole dynasty thing…

  13. I’ve followed the NFL for over 35 years, and I’ve never seen the Chargers ready to pounce on anyone.

  14. patriotwayrules says:

    October 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Houston and Berry are glass, and most likely won’t be there if they make the playoffs.

    You mean just like Gronk??

  15. statman25 says:
    October 14, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    patriotwayrules says:

    October 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Houston and Berry are glass, and most likely won’t be there if they make the playoffs.

    You mean just like Gronk??

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    Dude, you had a WR taking reps at Safety this week. Booger McFarland stupidly said Kelce is better than Gronk.

    You’ll be lucky if Gronk doesn’t get more than 2 TDs tonight and just runs amuck through the second level of the D.

    Lucky.

    Your D is rebuilding and Reid has given Mahomes some confidence and building blocks on offense, but your team has not played a legit offense yet.

    Good grief. The blueprint comes out tonight.

  16. “Fact is, Kansas City is a decade long dynasty, just now getting started, and there is simply NOTHING that any other team can do about it.”

    So said the Seahawks fans after their Super Bowl win, so said the Redskins bans after they drafted RGIII, so said Vikings fans after they drafted Teddy Bridgewater, so say the Eagles fans right now.

    See a pattern emerging there? You might want to win at least one Super Bowl with the current roster before proclaiming yourselves a “dynasty”. Not that KC isn’t a great team this year but there’s a long way to go just in this season and people who make predictions like you have are most often sadly disappointed.

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    October 14, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    …, but your team has not played a legit offense yet.
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    Neither have the Patriots, and they are 3-2.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    October 14, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    …, but your team has not played a legit offense yet.
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    Actually I think you better check the stats there Chief, I believe the Chargers and the Steelers are in the top five offenses right now.

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