And then there was one. The NFL entered Week 9 with two teams undefeated and two winless. The NFL exists Week 9 with one undefeated team and one winless team. The New England Patriots were thumped in Baltimore by Lamar Jackson and the Ravens 37-20. In South Florida, the Miami Dolphins managed their first win, beating the New York Jets 26-18 thanks to a big game from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Patriots win leaves the San Francisco 49ers as the only undefeated team in the NFL. The 49ers jumped on the Arizona Cardinals during Thursday Night Football, twice taking two touchdown leads. Kyler Murray made things interesting in the fourth quarter, leading the Cardinals to a field goal and then a touchdown with a two point conversion. However, Arizona came up short, losing 28-25.
The Dolphins win leaves the Cincinnati Bengals as the only winless team in the NFL. The Bengals were on bye, but could be getting a big reinforcement coming in Week 10. Wide receiver A.J. Green has been rehabbing a training camp ankle injury and is hoping to get back soon.
As the NFL heads into Week 10, one can still bet on whether or not the 49ers and Bengals will complete “perfect” seasons. DraftKings Sportsbook offers odds for both. Entering Week 9, the 49ers were listed at +8000 to go 19-0 (16-0 plus winning the Super Bowl) and the Bengals were listed at +800 to go 0-16. Following Week 9, the Bengals are now +750, while the 49ers are fittingly +4900.
The 49ers are now 8-0 and enter a tough back half of their schedule. Football Outsiders rates out schedules using DVOA. The first half of the 49ers scheduled ranked 27th. The second half of their schedule ranks 10th. Things start tough hosting the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football in Week 10. They then host the Arizona Cardinals before entering arguably the toughest three-game stretch of their season. They host Green Bay in Week 12, and then play back-to-back road games against New Orleans and Baltimore. It’s not over after that, but if they lose in the regular season, it will be during that stretch.
The Bengals schedule doesn’t get easy coming out of the bye as they host the Ravens, travel to face the Raiders, and host the Steelers. Even with A.J. Green’s potential return, this could all come down to Week 13 and Week 16. The Bengals host the Jets in Week 13 and then travel to face the Dolphins in Week 16. If you’re betting on the Bengals to lose out, those are the two games firmly on your radar.