Patriots, 49ers last remaining undefeated NFL teams

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October’s opening week trimmed the total of unbeaten teams thus far this season to two thanks to Indianapolis’ improbable upset of Kansas City.

Although excuses don’t matter much when your investment is on the line, the fact that Patrick Mahomes got his ankle rolled up on multiple times played a large role in the upset. It was still one of the biggest stunners engineered in 2019, cashing at over four times your original investment.

Mahomes getting hurt in-game and Steelers QB Mason Rudolph getting knocked out on his feet are things you can’t account for, so don’t beat yourself up too badly if you fell short in either of those games.

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One thing this young NFL season has already taught us is that every team except the Dolphins can win on any given Sunday and that even one of the current unbeaten teams, San Francisco is vulnerable.

The Patriots aren’t the overwhelming favorite they would’ve been had Antonio Brown remained on the roster and have had top linebacker Dont’a Hightower limited by injuries over the past few weeks, but they’re still playing at a level few can touch.

The 49ers have looked sharp despite Jimmy Garoppolo throwing a pick in every game until Monday night’s obliteration of the Browns, but the teams they’ve defeated have a combined record of 5-15. All have losing records, so we’ll be able to find out more as they take the field against the Rams on Sunday.

New England is up first on Thursday, looking to continue its success against first and second-year quarterbacks by knocking around Giants rookie Daniel Jones. Hightower had 1.5 sacks and three tackles for loss against Washington in a 33-7 win so he’s clearly feeling better and has coined the term the “boogeymen” for the Patriots defense, which has eclipsed the Brady-led offense as the driving force in this season’s 5-0 start by allowing an NFL-low 34 points (6.8 ppg) this season.

The Patriots remain scary, but you shouldn’t be spooked by anyone else based on what we’ve seen thus far.

Thursday

Giants at Patriots -16.5: Bill Belichick’s Patriots are 19-5 against rookie quarterbacks during his time as head coach, so you’re going against a lot of history if you’re taking the points here.

New York got Golden Tate back off suspension but is still expected to be without Saquon Barkley and saw his backup, Wayne Gallman, suffer a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings. Tight end Evan Engram has an MCL issue that might sideline him and top receiver Sterling Shepard is also concussed, so Jones may be handing off to rookie Jon Hilliman and throwing to Tate as his primary options on the road here.

New York’s secondary has looked shaky, so we should see a second straight primetime blowout. PATRIOTS

Sunday

Bengals at Ravens -11.5: Winless Cincinnati may end up trading A.J. Green when he’s healthy enough to play, but Andy Dalton still has enough help around him to keep this divisional game close.

The Bengals started slowly against the Cardinals but rallied to tie before giving up a game-winning field goal at the final gun. They’ve covered in two of their three road games, showing up against Seattle and Buffalo, teams that are a combined 8-2, so they’ve shown some backbone under rookie head coach Zac Taylor and should be able to hang within double-digits here. BENGALS

Eagles at Vikings -3: The Vikings have alternated wins and losses so far and are 0-2 against teams with winning records, so this is a statement game against a team they’ll potentially see down the road in the playoffs.

This will be the first of three straight road games for Philly, which is still struggling up front and vulnerable in the defensive backfield. That should help Kirk Cousins keep both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs happy after making up with both following a number of frustrating performances. VIKINGS

Falcons -2.5 at Cardinals: Dan Quinn got a vote of confidence from owner Arthur Blank following the Falcons’ embarrassing loss in Houston, but that may not count for much if they fall in Glendale.

Kyler Murray got his first victory in Cincinnati by making more plays with his feet than we’ve seen front him as a pro, which should pose problems for a defense that has now surrendered an average of 33 points in their four losses. With Arizona RB David Johnson compromised by a back injury, this is a game Atlanta has to get. FALCONS

Steelers at Chargers -6.5: Rudolph isn’t expected to clear concussion protocol in order to return for this one, which means Samford product Devlin Hodges will make his first road start. L.A. became the Broncos’ first victim last week, spoiling Melvin Gordon’s debut, which increases the importance of this one as it looks to get back to .500.

Although Hodges made plays in Baltimore to nearly pull off an upset in an eventual overtime loss, the Chargers will be able to game plan for him here, which should make all the difference. CHARGERS

Monday

Lions at Packers -5: Detroit has a tie and three games decided by four points or less to its credit this season, so the Packers have their work cut out for them as they try and handle business on Monday night.

Aaron Jones ran for four scores to help upset Dallas and the tackle Bryan Bulaga played and avoided landing back on the injury report, so if Green Bay gets top WR Davante Adams back, Aaron Rodgers will have his entire arsenal at his disposal.

If top Lions corner Darius Slay is out again, the Lions will be at too big a disadvantage to avoid becoming the sixth consecutive underdog to fall on Monday night. The Texans are the only MNF underdog to cover thus far this season, cashing outright. PACKERS

Last week: 4-2

Season: 13-17

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Tony Mejia

Tony Mejia

Tony Mejia has been a national writer for nearly two decades and has covered NBA and college basketball as a columnist, analyst, handicapper, and bracketologist for CBS Sports, Pro Basketball News, and numerous other sites.

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