Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs got off to an 9-0 starts, thanks to an easy schedule and a defense that did not allow 20 points in a game until Week 11. That was their 1st game back from a BYE week and was their 1st loss, which came at the ands of Peyton Manning. The Chiefs went on to lose 5 of their last 7 games, lost in the playoffs, to Andrew Luck, and started this season 0-2 with losses to Jake Locker and Peyton. Shoot, they even lost 3 of their 4 preseason games! Since that 9-0 start the Chiefs are 3-11! This season, there are just 7 teams that started the season 2-0 and with Week 3 set to kickoff tonight on Thursday Night Football, we pose the following question:
Which team will be the LAST undefeated team in 2014?
Week 3 Matchups
- Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers
- The Cardinals have taken down the Chargers and Giants by allowing just 66 yards per game on the ground. If they can force Colin Kaepernick to throw multiple interceptions like he did on Sunday Night Football against the Bears, they have a great chance at beating their division rivals, at home.
- Buffalo Bills vs San Diego Chargers
- The Bills upset the Bears in OT in Week 1 and followed that up with a blowout win over their division rival, Miami Dolphins. Much like the Cardinals, the Bills have done a great job at stopping the run, allowing just 83 yards per game. Last week the knocked Knowshon Moreno out of the game and this week they face the Ryan Mathews' less Chargers. They will have to contain Antonio Gates and get pressure on Philip Rivers, which the Seattle Seahawks failed to do, if they plan on staying undefeated
- Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers
- The Panthers get a Steelers team that has forgotten how to play defense! Pitt nearly blew a 27-3 halftime lead to the Browns in Week 1, and looked awful against the Ravens on Thursday Night Football in Week 2. In prime time again this Sunday Night, the Panthers Cam Newton & Jonathan Stewart could feast on a Swiss cheese Steelers run defense.
- Cincinnati Bengals vs Tennessee Titans
- Even if A.J. Green does sit out this week, the Bengals can rely heavily on Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill against a Titans defense that allowed 220 rushing yards allowed to DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys last week.
- Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks
- Clearly the Superbowl rematch is the toughest game of the week for any of the undefeated teams. The Broncos should take a page out of the Chargers playbook and attack the Seahawks the same way. If so, HELLO JULIUS THOMAS.
- Houston Texans @ New York Giants
- Even without Jadeveon Clowney last week, the Texans beat down the Oakland Raiders and over 2 games, have allowed just 20 points. The Giants offense should be no problem for J.J. Watt and company.
- Philadelphia vs Washington Redskins
- Divisional games are always tough to predict, but the Eagles are much better than the Redskins, but if they fail to stop Alfred Morris and the Redskins ground game, they will struggle to stay undefeated.
- The Bengals, Broncos and Cardinals all have a BYE Week 4. If they can all take care of business this week, they could be the only 3 teams left undefeated by default.
- The Bills and Texans face off in Week 4, so we know by the end of that game, barring a tie game, one of them will have have to suffer a loss.
- The Panthers get the Steelers, Ravens and Bears for a 3 game stretch that 5 years ago would have been the toughest stretch of games to win imaginable.
- When the Broncos and Cardinals return from BYE weeks, they faceoff in what could be the game that leaves us with one team left undefeated!
- Should the Eagles take down the Redskins and somehow manage to hold off the 49ers on the road, they should walk into their BYE Week 7 with a 6-0 record after home games against the Rams and Giants.