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NFL: Most Games against Undefeated Teams to Open the Season

Posted by Andrew McKillop on September 27, 2011

From time to time I frequent the Pro Football Researchers Association message board.  Today Mike Barnes posted an interesting question.  He asked what teams have opened their season with four straight games against undefeated teams.  The question was brought up, because by Sunday the Dallas Cowboys will have opened their season playing four undefeated teams; as mentioned in his post, it’s usually given that a team would play an undefeated team in their first game of the season.

To answer Mike’s question, I found that a handful of teams have opened their season’s playing four undefeated NFL teams, and a few even opened their season’s playing five undefeated NFL teams.

Five Straight Games Against Undefeated Teams to Start a Season

Legend: W/L/T (The record of the team’s opponent when entering the game)

1921 Akron Pros
W L T Score
vs Columbus Panhandles 0 0 0 W 14-0
vs Cincinnati Celts 0 0 0 W 41-0
at Cardinals 1 0 0 W 23-0
at Detroit Tigers 1 0 1 W 20-0
at Canton Bulldogs 0 0 2 W 3-0
1922 Chicago Bears
W L T Score
at Racine Legion 0 0 0 W 6-0
at Rock Island Independents 1 0 0 W 10-6
vs Rochester Jeffersons 0 0 0 W 7-0
vs Buffalo All-Americans 2 0 0 W 7-0
vs Canton Bulldogs 3 0 1 L 6-7
1926 Chicago Cardinals
W L T Score
vs Columbus Panhandles 0 0 0 W 14-0
vs Los Angeles Buccaneers 0 0 0 W 15-0
vs Racine Legion 1 0 0 W 20-0
at Packers 1 0 2 W 13-7
vs Bears 3 0 1 L 0-16
1926 New York Giants
W L T Score
at Hartford Blues 0 0 0 W 21-0
at Providence Steam Roller 1 0 0 W 7-6
at Bears 2 0 1 L 0-7
at Frankford Yellow Jackets 3 0 1 L 0-6
vs Frankford Yellow Jackets 3 0 1 L 0-6
1927 Cleveland Bulldogs
W L T Score
at Packers 1 0 0 L 7-12
vs Giants 1 0 0 T 0-0
vs New York Yankees 1 0 0 L 7-13
at Giants 2 0 1 W 6-0
at Bears 3 0 0 L 12-14
1979 Chicago Bears
W L T Score
vs Packers 0 0 0 W 6-3
vs Vikings 1 0 0 W 26-7
at Cowboys 2 0 0 L 20-24
at Dolphins 3 0 0 L 16-31
vs Buccaneers 4 0 0 L 13-17
1986 Philadelphia Eagles
W L T Score
at Redskins 0 0 0 L 14-41
at Bears 1 0 0 L 10-13
vs Broncos 2 0 0 L 7-33
vs Rams 3 0 0 W 34-20
at Falcons 4 0 0 W 16-0
2009 New England Patriots
W L T Score
vs Bills 0 0 0 W 25-24
at Jets 1 0 0 L 9-16
vs Falcons 2 0 0 W 26-10
vs Ravens 3 0 0 W 27-21
at Broncos 4 0 0 L 17-20



One Last Note

This is the first season in Dallas Cowboys history that they will open their season playing four straight undefeated teams.


Reference: Pro-Football-Reference.com

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