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Who Will Be the Last Undefeated Team in the NFL?

With week 3 set to kickoff in Foxborough, there are just eight undefeated teams left in the NFL.  That will drop to seven after Thursday Night Football as the Houston Texans head to New England, to face Jacoby Brissett and the Patriots.

Now starting their 3rd string QB, in Week 3, can the Pats stay undefeated with a rookie QB, making his first NFL start, at home against J.J. Watt and the Texans defense?  The Texans limited the Chicago Bears to 14 points and the Kansas City Chiefs to just 12.  Jimmy Garoppolo proved that the Patriots offensive scheme works, so Brissett could have success, but I wouldn't count on it.

Brock Osweiler and the Texans are only averaging 21 points per game on offense and despite rushing for 94 rushing yards per game, Lamar Miller has yet to score, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry.  The Patriots have allowed rushing touchdowns to David Johnson and rookie Kenyan Drake.  They got torched through the air, allowing 100+ receiving yards to Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, but no touchdowns in Week 2.  Kenny Stills and TE Jordan Cameron caught TD passes from Ryan TannehillCarson Palmer connected twice with Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone week 1.  New England's secondary will have their hands full with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.  The Texans rookie has back to back 100 yard games and five plays of 20+ yards.

I'm picking the Texans, who are favored on the road.  Houston will return home for a week 4 matchup with the Tennessee Titans, who just beat the Detroit Lions, but should be an easy win for Bill O'Brien's team.  Week 5 presents a tough challenge, on the road, in Minnesota.  I'll give the home team the W and the Texans win streak ends week 5.  If not then, week 7 in Denver.  If all goes well for Houston, they could win 11 straight games before heading to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

UPDATE - The Patriots shutout the Texans and need to beat the Bills at home to go 4-0 without Tom Brady.  Then they get the Browns.  So we could see a 5-0 New England team, with Brady and Rob Gronkowski, get the Bengals at home and Steelers on the road in weeks 6 & 7, before a week 8 rematch at Buffalo.  Not saying it will happen, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Pats were 8-0 going into their bye, week 9.

Baltimore Ravens

Neither the Ravens or the Jaguars have looked good this year, but Baltimore is 2-0 while Jacksonville is 0-2.  Joe Flacco and Mike Wallace have connected on 7 plays (12 targets), leading to 132 yards and all three of Flacco's TD passes.  Baltimore has only scored 38 points, but limited the Bills to just 7 points and bounced back against the Browns after being down 20-2 in the first quarter.  It is possible the Jaguars can beat the Ravens, but unlikely.  The Raiders and Redskins will struggle as well.  Baltimore could be 5-0 before losing to the Giants at MetLife in week 6.

Minnesota Vikings

Without even the threat of Adrian Peterson in the Minnesota Vikings backfield, Sam Bradford will be forced to carry this team without his LT Matt Kalil.  It starts with a head to head matchup against Cam Newton, in Charlotte before they head home to play the Giants and Texans.  I doubt they manage to win all three of those games.

New York Giants

Coming off a huge win at home, against the New Orleans Saints, the New York Football Giants play host to the Washington Redskins, before two road games in Minnesota and Green Bay.  Even if they beat the Vikings, Lambeau could be the end of a great start to the 2016 season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who will get Le'Veon Bell back in week 4, could go 6-0 before hosting Tom Brady and the Patriots.  Brady will have two games under his belt (Browns, Bengals) and potentially a healthy Rob Gronkowski.  Even on the road, I give the Pats the edge in week 7.

Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos could very well lose on the road to the Cincinnati Bengals in week 3.  However, their defense is still tops in the league and Trevor Siemian has done a good enough job to win his first two starts.  If they can sneak by the Bengals, and take care of business at home against the Texans (week 7) their schedule looks great until a week 10 road game against Drew Brees and the Saints.

Philadelphia Eagles

No one could have predicted a 2-0 start to the NFL season for the Eagles after they traded away Bradford and gave the starting job to Carson Wentz.  If they beat Pittsburgh in week 3, they are going undefeated and will win the Super Bowl.
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