- A new prop bet asks the question of which NFL team will be the last to suffer their first loss in the 2020 season.
- The Kansas City Chiefs lead the odds at +475, but take on the Baltimore Ravens (+500) in Week 3.
- The New Orleans Saints have one of the easiest schedules to start the season while also holding great value at +850 odds.
LAS VEGAS – The beginning of August marks an important time in the life of any football fan. As the leaves change and the temperatures swelter, the NFL season continues to tentatively approach, day by day.
In these eves before the first kickoff, football bettors begin to put together fantasy leagues, review their team’s roster changes, and make plays on future prop bets for the upcoming season.
One prop bet that is being featured on the online sportsbooks asks the question of which NFL team will be the last undefeated squad in 2020.
2020 NFL Season Future – Last Undefeated Team
- Kansas City Chiefs +475
- Baltimore Ravens +500
- San Francisco 49ers +800
- New Orleans Saints +850
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1000
- Dallas Cowboys +1200
- Philadelphia Eagles +1400
- Seattle Seahawks +1500
- Buffalo Bills +1800
- Minnesota Vikings +1800
- Green Bay Packers +2000
- Indianapolis Colts +2000
- New England Patriots +2000
- Pittsburgh Steelers +2000
- Los Angeles Rams +2500
- Tennessee Titans +2800
- Chicago Bears +3000
- Cleveland Browns +3300
- Houston Texans +4000
- Arizona Cardinals +5000
- Atlanta Falcons +5000
- Denver Broncos +5000
- Las Vegas Raiders +6600
- Los Angeles Chargers +6600
- New York Giants +7500
- New York Jets +8000
- Carolina Panthers +10000
- Cincinnati Bengals +10000
- Detroit Lions +10000
- Miami Dolphins +10000
- Jacksonville Jaguars +15000
- Washington Football Team +15000
One might initially think that the best team in the league has the best chance to go undefeated, and they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong.
After all, the team who remains undefeated the longest in a new season has won the Super Bowl 12 times, made it to the Super Bowl 25 times, and made it to the conference championship games 26 times. However, this is more a case of causation over correlation.
With the current NFL scheduling rules, each team has a vastly different schedule each year and faces unique challenges earlier or later in the season than others. The best teams in each division play the best teams from other divisions, making previous season performance a huge factor in this bet.
For what it’s worth, the Chicago Bears have been the last undefeated team 17 times, followed by the Rams who have done it 12 times.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the New York Giants hold the record for defeating the last undefeated team the most with 11 victories. The most famous of these of course being the 2007 Super Bowl win over the undefeated New England Patriots.
With all this context to worth with, here are the teams with the best shot to be the last club with a zero in the loss column in 2020.
Kansas City Chiefs +475
The defending Super Bowl Champions are getting the shortest odds here for good reason. They are one of the best teams in the league with Patrick Mahomes and company ready to decimate defenses once again.
However, their schedule has some significant hurdles in the first few weeks that could catch the Chiefs by surprise.
The first two weeks will have the Chiefs as heavy favorites over the Houston Texans and Los Angeles Chargers. But in just Week 3, the Chiefs take on the Baltimore Ravens on the road.
The Ravens are also one of the best teams in the league behind MVP Lamar Jackson, who have the second shortest odds to win this prop at +500.
Needless to say, one of these teams will be knocked out of contention for this prop after only the third week, making the value for both Kansas City and Baltimore not worth it.
Even if the Chiefs were to get that big win, they have to face the New England Patriots the following week, before taking visits to the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos in Weeks 6 and 7.
New Orleans Saints +850
Sitting at +850 is the New Orleans Saints who might be the best value pick for this NFL prop bet.
The Saints are one of the strongest squads in the league despite their postseason tragedies over the last few seasons, and start off the season with a stretch of extremely winnable games.
Their first 13 games:
All of which they should be favored in.
— Jimmy (@jimmyreinman) August 3, 2020
If the Saints can get over the Green Bay Packers in Week 3, then they won’t face a formidable opponent until Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers.
After that, the only notable matchup is a trip to Philadelphia against the Eagles in Week 14, before facing the Chiefs on December 20.
If the Brees-to-Thomas connection is up and running anywhere close to last year, and the defense can play just somewhat consistently, the Saints have by far the best shot to be the last undefeated team in 2020.
Jimmy Reinman honed his skills across various mediums including print, radio, and broadcast before bringing his arsenal of knowledge to the team here at USAOnlineSportsbooks in 2020. When he’s not writing, you can find him in a state of focused stress on any College Football Saturday, or maniacally constructing NBA parlays on a cool spring evening.