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Will An NFL Team Go Winless or Undefeated This Season?

The Pittsburgh Steelers celebrating a touchdown over the Cincinnati Bengals

As we head into Week 11 of the NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers remain the league’s only undefeated team while the New York Jets are still searching for their first win of the campaign.

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Online sportsbook Bovada is offering a prop on whether Pittsburgh will end the regular season unbeaten, with the odds listed at -1400 that the Steelers will not go 16-0 and at +650 that they will finish with a perfect record. Sportsbooks have also come out with odds on whether the Jets will go winless, giving the slight edge to the Jets winning at least one game as the favorite set at -230, with them going winless coming back at +160.

Here are the odds for the Steelers to go undefeated for the rest of the season:

Will The Steelers Remain Undefeated?

Odds on the Pittsburgh Steelers to go 16-0

Odds as of November 17 at Bovada

Can The Steelers Remain Undefeated?

Only two teams in NFL history have had a perfect regular season. The Miami Dolphins did it in 1972 by going 14-0 and then ultimately winning Super Bowl 7. In 2007, the New England Patriots became the first team to win all 16 games in a regular season but lost to the Giants in Super Bowl 42.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have played great team football over their first nine games, carrying them to a perfect 9-0 record. Last week, they pummeled the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals. It’s become an almost impossible feat for a team to stay healthy and play well each week, but so far the Steelers have done that.

The Steelers have a top-five defense led by linebacker T.J. Watt. In a league in which offense is so prominent, the defense is leading the charge by keeping games close. They did lose linebacker Devin Bush to a season-ending injury but head coach Mike Tomlin has kept the defense running with no issues whatsoever.

On the offensive side, the story for the Steelers is the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. At 38 years old, Big Ben has surprisingly stayed healthy, which comes as a shock considering that he’s played 16 games just once since 2014. He has also elbowed his way into the MVP conversation alongside Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray with 22 touchdown passes to just four interceptions.

Big Ben has made the passing game as lethal as any team’s in the league. The Steelers have one of the best wideout trios in JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and rookie Chase Claypool, who have combined for 16 touchdowns and nearly 1,500 receiving yards.

Pittsburgh has seven games left, including three within the AFC North – the Bengals again, the Ravens on Thanksgiving night and the Cleveland Browns to finish the season. They also have contests against Jacksonville, Washington, Buffalo and Indianapolis.

When analyzing their schedule and determining where to lay your bet, I think it’s going to be genuinely tough for the Steelers to go undefeated for the remainder of the season. Sure, they have an easy game against the Jaguars coming up this week, but the Bills and Colts are legitimate AFC contenders, and it is extremely tough to beat the Ravens twice in a season. I think the Steelers end up finishing 13-3, losing games to Baltimore, Indianapolis and Buffalo.

Here are the odds on whether the Jets will go winless for the rest of the season:

Can The Jets Win One Game?

Odds on the new york jets to go 0-16

Odds as of November 17 at Bovada

Why The Jets Will Go Winless

When I look at the New York Jets, there are two things that stand out to me. First, they simply don’t have the talent to compete. Their offensive line is always in flux, they continue to use 37-year-old Frank Gore as their primary running back and I doubt you can name a receiver on the roster outside of Jamison Crowder. The offense just doesn’t have the weapons to challenge the defenses of the NFL. Their defense is also a big problem. They traded safety Jamal Adams in the offseason and the back end is suffering because of it.

The second problem, quite frankly, is that they are just not well coached. Adam Gase should have already been fired, but he somehow remains the head coach of a 0-9 team. The Jets nearly beat New England last Monday night, losing 30-27 on a last-second field goal before their bye week. Now they face the Los Angeles Chargers with rookie quarterback Justin Herbert before they have to face another rookie in Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins. Four of their final seven games are on the road against teams like the Seattle Seahawks, LA Rams and New England.

I honestly can’t see a way the Jets win a single game this season. The most recent team to go 0-16 was the 2017 Cleveland Browns, duplicating the dubious mark of the 2008 Detroit Lions. Previously, the Baltimore Colts went winless (0-8-1) in the strike-abbreviated 1982 season and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14 as an expansion franchise in 1976.

One could argue that the No. 1 college team in the nation would have a better chance of winning a game in the NFL than the Jets do. If the Jets hope to win a game, it will have to start with playing fundamentally sound football, something they just haven’t done.

Overall the Jets are a disaster and look like a shoo-in to earn the first overall draft pick next season. They have had a few chances against New England, Denver and Buffalo but squandered the opportunity in the final quarter to lose. Now the goal is to just finish out the season, move on from their coach and hope for a better 2021 campaign.