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NFL: Undefeated vs. Winless (Minimum of Four Games)

Posted by Andrew McKillop on October 15, 2011

In the NFL’s biggest mismatch of the week, the undefeated Green Bay Packers (5-0) play host to the winless St. Louis Rams (0-4).

Listed below are all the matchups in NFL history, in which an undefeated team played a winless team (minimum four games played by both teams).

Year Undefeated W-L Bef Winless W-L Bef Score
1921 Akron Pros 6-0-0 at Col. Panhandles 0-6-0 W 21-0
1922 Toledo Maroons 4-0-2 vs Col. Panhandles 0-6-0 W 7-6
1923 Canton Bulldogs 4-0-0 vs Akron Pros 0-4-0 W 7-3
1923 Canton Bulldogs 6-0-1 vs Oorang Indians 0-7-0 W 41-0
1925 Akron Pros 3-0-2 vs Dayton Triangles 0-3-1 W 17-3
1929 Giants 5-0-1 at Buf. All-Americans 0-5-1 W 45-6
1934 Bears 5-0-0 vs Cincinnati Reds 0-5-0 W 41-7
1934 Lions 6-0-0 at Cincinnati Reds 0-6-0 W 38-0
1939 Redskins 3-0-1 at Steelers 0-5-0 W 21-14
1940 Redskins 4-0-0 at Eagles 0-5-0 W 34-17
1941 Bears 4-0-0 vs Steelers 0-5-0 W 34-7
1941 Giants 4-0-0 vs Steelers 0-4-0 W 28-7
1942 Bears 8-0-0 at Lions 0-9-0 W 42-0
1942 Bears 5-0-0 vs Lions 0-6-0 W 16-0
1943 Bears 3-0-1 vs Brooklyn Dodgers 0-4-0 W 33-21
1944 Eagles 3-0-1 at Brooklyn Dodgers 0-5-0 W 21-7
1944 Redskins 4-0-1 at Brooklyn Dodgers 0-6-0 W 10-0
1948 Browns (AAFC) 5-0-0 vs Bkn Dodgers (AAFC) 0-5-0 W 30-17
1952 49ers 4-0-0 vs Dallas Texans 0-4-0 W 48-21
1953 Browns 9-0-0 vs Cardinals 0-8-1 W 27-16
Year Undefeated W-L Bef Winless W-L Bef Score
1962 Packers 4-0-0 at Vikings 0-4-0 W 48-21
1963 Bears 4-0-0 at Rams 0-4-0 W 52-14
1963 Bears 5-0-0 at 49ers 0-5-0 L 14-20
1965 Chargers (AFL) 4-0-1 at Patriots (AFL) 0-5-0 T 13-13
1965 Chargers (AFL) 4-0-2 at Jets (AFL) 0-4-1 W 34-9
1965 Chargers (AFL) 5-0-2 vs Patriots (AFL) 0-6-1 L 6-22
1966 Cardinals 4-0-0 vs Giants 0-3-1 W 24-19
1967 Packers 3-0-1 vs Vikings 0-4-0 L 7-10
1968 Cowboys 4-0-0 vs Eagles 0-4-0 W 34-14
1968 Giants 4-0-0 at Falcons 0-4-0 L 21-24
1969 Rams 5-0-0 at Bears 0-5-0 W 9-7
1975 Cowboys 4-0-0 vs Packers 0-4-0 L 17-19
1975 Vikings 9-0-0 vs Chargers 0-9-0 W 28-13
1976 Cowboys 4-0-0 at Giants 0-4-0 W 24-14
1976 Vikings 4-0-1 vs Giants 0-5-0 W 24-7
1977 Colts 4-0-0 at Chiefs 0-4-0 W 17-6
1979 Buccaneers 5-0-0 at Giants 0-5-0 L 14-17
1983 Cowboys 5-0-0 vs Buccaneers 0-5-0 W 27-24
1984 Dolphins 6-0-0 vs Hou Oilers (Titans) 0-6-0 W 28-10
1984 Dolphins 8-0-0 vs Bills 0-8-0 W 38-7
Year Undefeated W-L Bef Winless W-L Bef Score
1985 Bears 4-0-0 at Buccaneers 0-4-0 W 27-19
1985 Rams 5-0-0 at Buccaneers 0-5-0 W 31-27
1992 Dolphins 5-0-0 vs Patriots 0-5-0 W 38-17
1997 Broncos 4-0-0 at Falcons 0-4-0 W 29-21
1998 Broncos 4-0-0 vs Eagles 0-4-0 W 41-16
1998 Vikings 5-0-0 vs Redskins 0-6-0 W 41-7
1999 Rams 5-0-0 vs Browns 0-6-0 W 34-3
2000 Rams 4-0-0 vs Chargers 0-4-0 W 57-31
2002 Raiders 4-0-0 at Rams 0-5-0 L 13-28
2005 Colts 6-0-0 at Texans 0-5-0 W 38-20
2006 Colts 4-0-0 vs Titans 0-4-0 W 14-13
2007 Patriots 6-0-0 at Dolphins 0-6-0 W 49-28
2009 Colts 4-0-0 at Titans 0-4-0 W 31-9
2009 Colts 5-0-0 at Rams 0-6-0 W 42-6
2009 Vikings 4-0-0 at Rams 0-4-0 W 38-10
2011 Packers 5-0-0 vs Rams 0-4-0 ?

 

Undefeated teams have a record of 47-7-1 vs. winless teams (minimum of four games); the last time a winless team won such a matchup was back in 2002, when the 0-5 Rams defeated the 4-0 Raiders.

By Sunday, the Rams will have played in the last three matchups involving an undefeated team vs. a winless team (minimum of four games).

 

Reference: Pro-Football-Reference.com

 

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