Posted 10/05/2010 at 12:42 PM
After seeing several NFL teams make deep runs into the season with perfect records in recent weeks we are likely going to be without any undefeated teams just five weeks into the season. The lone undefeated team is the biggest underdog on this week’s NFL card as the Chiefs visit Indianapolis. Three 0-4 teams will either be favored or very slightly dogged this week in a bizarre set of match-ups.
Underdogs are making a killing in the NFL this season, going 37-22-2 through the week 4 Sunday match-ups. The two biggest favorites on last week’s card were both nearly upset at home as the Packers and Saints delivered unimpressive wins by the slimmest of margins last week. There won’t likely be a double-digit favorite this week and the card features match-ups where all but three games will feature a home team with a worse record than the road team.
The NFC West continues to deliver absolutely brutal results this season. Arizona, Seattle, and St. Louis are all tied at 2-2 and the heavy preseason favorite San Francisco is 0-4. The Rams were 1-15 last season but based on the results from last week St. Louis might as well be considered the favorites to win the division. Both Arizona and Seattle have been out-scored on the season despite the 2-2 records while St. Louis is +25 points. There is talk that 7-9 could win the division but looking at each team individually, finding five wins on the schedule for any of the 2-2 teams is a difficult task. 0-4 San Francisco has to get in its head that they are still well within the playoff chase although things could get worse for the 49ers before they get better with several tough games ahead.
While the AFC has a few teams that look like serious championship threats, the four 3-1 teams (Chicago, Green Bay, Atlanta, and New Orleans) have all looked very beatable. That should give hope to teams like Minnesota and the quartet of NFC East teams off to marginal starts to the season. It appeared that the NFC had closed the gap last season with the Saints Super Bowl win but several AFC teams look much more powerful at this point in the season. Keep an eye on the AFC vs. NFC match-ups in the coming week as the AFC is already 11-6 S/U against the NFC this season.