Through Week 5, nearly a fifth of the teams in the NFL have perfect records. Six franchises currently boast marks of 4-0 or better: Carolina (4-0), New England (4-0), Atlanta (5-0), Cincinnati (5-0), Denver (5-0) and Green Bay (5-0).
So far this season, the Patriots and Packers have rolled opponents for the most part, while the other four have eked out some wins along the way. In Week 5, the Bengals authored an inspired comeback victory over the Seahawks, while the Broncos and Falcons prevailed thanks to massive defensive plays late.
Looking forward, which team is most likely to stay undefeated the longest?
Staying undefeated comes down to how opposing teams can match up against your strengths and how they can take advantage of your weaknesses. Right now, the Patriots' weakness is their secondary. But as long as New England gets a lead and puts together a balanced offense, the secondary is going to be fine. The secondary does just enough to stay ahead of the eight ball.
As long as the Packers are able to take care of the football and play good defense, they're going to be hard to beat. It's very difficult to defeat the Packers at Lambeau Field, and they've proven that they play well on the road, as well.
If New England and Denver were to square off right now, I'd have to lean toward the Patriots because they're scoring more points, although the Broncos' defense is wrecking opponents. New England's defense is playing well, while Denver's offense is struggling a little bit. I'd have to pick the Patriots to win that one at the moment, but the game is still a month and a half away. It should be a good one.
[Tom Brady](/player/tombrady/2504211/profile) is going to be [Tom Brady](/player/tombrady/2504211/profile), and we've seen what he can do week after week. Regardless of what happened in the offseason, he's one of the greatest. I have New England being consistently better than any other team this year. They'll be undefeated the longest.