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Record five undefeated teams remain after Week 7

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  • By Gilberto Manzano NFL.com
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We're near the halfway mark of the regular season and five teams still remain undefeated.

The 6-0 Patriots, Packers, Broncos, Panthers and Bengals all have perfect records through seven weeks. That's the most ever this deep into the season since the merger in 1970.

Odds are the five teams will fall at least once this season -- only the '72 Dolphins and '07 Patriots have finished the regular season undefeated.

The list of perfect teams will drop to at least four after Week 8 with the Packers facing the Broncos on the road in a juggernaut Sunday Night Football matchup. The Packers play the Panthers in Week 9 and the Broncos square off against the Patriots in Week 12 and meet the Bengals in Week 16.

The Patriots probably have the best chance to run the table if they get by the Broncos. Many football pundits have the Pats as the best team in the NFL, but they looked beatable for the first time this season in a 30-23 win against the Jets on Sunday.

There have been 31 teams to start 6-0 during the 12-team playoff era and 29 have reached the January tournament, per the Boston Globe. On average, teams that opened the year with six consecutive victories wrapped up the year with a 13-3 record, with 65 percent (20 of 31) of those teams finishing the year with 13 or more wins.

There's been plenty of debate for which undefeated team is the best. Luckily for us, those teams will start battling each other in the coming weeks.

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