They’re the Magnificent Seven.
New England. Kansas City. Green Bay. Dallas. Buffalo. San Francisco and the Los Angeles Rams. All are undefeated at 3-0 through three weeks of the 2019 NFL season. All are getting good to great results from their starting quarterback.
Given what has happened the first three weeks, that’s pretty impressive. QB’s have been dropping like flies all over the NFL due to injury. The Jets are on their third quarterback and it’s still September. The good news for Adam Gase is he won’t have to worry about another signal-caller going down this Sunday as the Jets drew a bye.
But while there’s a common thread that the undefeated have managed to keep their quarterback upright and out of the hospital, most of the “Mag 7” have experience between the quarterback and the coach.
In New England, Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels, the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, are joined at the hip. So are Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid in Kansas City. Jared Goff and head coach Sean McVay continue to grow together in L.A. as are Josh Allen and head coach Sean McDermott in Buffalo.
In San Francisco, Jimmy Garoppolo is healthy and that has everything to do with the 49ers’ fast start. He and Kyle Shanahan were always on the same page so it’s no surprise what’s going on there.
Here’s where it gets interesting, though.
In Green Bay, the training camp narrative was veteran QB Aaron Rodgers and rookie head coach Matt LaFleur were not in sync. People were freaking out about audibles and Rodgers didn’t even play a single snap in the preseason.
Fast forward to this week. The Packers are getting better by the game as they host Philadelphia Thursday at Lambeau Field and Rodgers and LaFleur seem to be fine. Are they setting the world on fire? Not really. But the NFL is a results driven business. You win, you take it and you move on. There are no style points in football. Leave that to the figure skaters.
In Dallas, Kellen Moore now calls the plays and Dak Prescott appears to be the beneficiary of that creativity. The Cowboys have looked mighty impressive, even if they whupped up on three inferior opponents in the Giants, the Redskins and the Dolphins.
Prescott makes his mistakes. He’ll still force throws into double coverage or miss a wide-open receiver. But he just shakes it off and moves on to the next play. That tells you there’s confidence in Moore, a former QB.
So do backers of the Packers and Cowboys have to pay a premium at the betting windows for their success?
“The fact they’re 3-0 doesn‘t mean anything as far as making the number goes,“ said Dave Sharapan, oddsmaker/risk analyst at CG Technology. “When a team continually covers the spread, the numbers do inflate slightly.
“What’s going on in Green Bay and Dallas with new coaches working with their quarterbacks does not influence the number very much.”
Of the seven undefeateds, four of them are also perfect against the spread. The Packers, Cowboys, Rams and Chiefs have covered every game. In Kansas City’s case, it depends when you got the number as to whether you covered or not.
“I think the bigger adjustments come with the bad teams — Denver, Washington, Miami,” Sharapan said. “It’s harder to get to the number with these teams.”