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Who will beat the Kansas City Chiefs? Ten stats you might not know about the teams that beat the unbeatens

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With their 23-17 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs became the 21st team since the start of the Super Bowl era (1966 NFL season) to start the season 8-0. The Atlanta Falcons in 2012 started the season 8-0, but eventually lost in their ninth game of the year, a 31-27 defeat at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. Two teams, the 1972 Miami Dolphins and the 2007 New England Patriots, went through their seasons undefeated.

So, will the Chiefs join the Dolphins and Patriots with an undefeated season? If not, who will be the first to defeat them in 2013?

The other 18 teams lost one or more games in their journey to try to finish the season with a perfect record. Here’s a look at 10 stats you might not know about the teams that eventually defeated the teams that started 8-0 (or better). We’ll call these teams the “Unbeaten Busters” or UB for short.

Just for the sake of clarity, the 18 teams that started the season 8-0 (or better) and then lost a game (or more) before the regular season ended were: 1969 L.A. Rams, 1973 Minnesota, 1975 Minnesota, 1977 Dallas, 1984 Miami, 1985 Chicago, 1990 N.Y. Giants, 1990 San Francisco, 1991 Washington, 1998 Denver, 2003 Kansas City, 2005 Indianapolis, 2006 Indianapolis, 2008 Tennessee, 2009 Indianapolis, 2009 New Orleans, 2011 Green Bay, 2012 Atlanta.

1. Divisional games: In only five of the 18 cases did the undefeated team lose to a team from within their division. The five: The 1977 Cowboys lost to division rival St. Louis Cardinals; the 1990 San Francisco 49ers lost to the L.A. Rams; the ’90 N.Y. Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles; the 1991 Redskins lost to the Cowboys; and, the 2012 Falcons lost to the division-rival Saints.

2. Outside their conference: In only four of the 18 cases did the undefeated team lose to a team in the other conference. In 2011 the NFC Green Bay Packers lost to the AFC Kansas City Chiefs. In 2006, the AFC Indianapolis Colts fell to the NFC Cowboys; in 1998, the AFC Denver Broncos lost to the NFC Giants; in 1985, the NFC’s Chicago Bears lost their only game of the season to the Miami Dolphins of the AFC.

3. Day of the game: Fourteen of the 18 games where the undefeated team finally lost were played on Sunday. Three were played on Monday Night Football, and one game was played on Saturday.

4. The next game after the loss: After being beaten for the first time that season, seven teams also lost their next game.

5. At home or on the road? Ten of the 18 teams had their undefeated season end on the road; eight lost their first game of the year at home.

6. Points scored by the UBs: Seventeen of the 18 UBs scored 20 or more points in their win over the undefeated team. The only exception was in 2011 when the Chiefs defeated the unbeaten Packers by a score of 19-14.

7. Points scored by the undefeated teams: Thirteen of the 18 undefeated teams scored under 20 points in the game they lost to break their unbeaten streak. One team, the 1975 Minnesota Vikings, scored 30 points in their first loss of the season to the Redskins.

8. Point differential: Twelve of the 18 games were decided by one score (eight points or less). The biggest blowout was in 2008 when the undefeated Tennessee Titans lost 34-13 to the New York Jets. Only one of the 18 games went into overtime; that occurred in 1984 when the Dolphins lost their first game of the season to the San Diego Chargers, 34-28.

9. The multiple UB franchises: The Dallas Cowboys franchise could be called the ultimate “Unbeaten Busters.” The Cowboys have beaten a team that started 8-0 on three occasions: 1991, defeating the Redskins; 2006, defeating the Colts; and 2009, defeating the Saints.

10. UBs with losing records: You would expect that a UB would be a team with a solid record, most likely above .500. That hasn’t always been the case. In fact, six of the UBs had a record under .500 when they defeated their unbeaten opponent. They were:

* 1984: The Chargers were 5-6 when they beat the 11-0 Dolphins.

* 1990: The Rams were 3-7 when they beat the 10-0 49ers.

* 1998: The Giants were 5-8 when they beat the 13-0 Broncos.

* 2003: The Bengals were 4-5 when they beat the 9-0 Chiefs.

* 2011: The Chiefs were 5-8 when they beat the 13-0 Packers.
* 2012: The Saints were 3-5 when they beat the 8-0 Falcons.

The Chiefs next game is at Buffalo on Sunday, November 3. They then have their bye week and get back on the field November 17 in an AFC West battle at Denver.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff: (#24) Arizona Cardinals start four QBs in 2012

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Brian Hoyer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Arizona Cardinals started Brian Hoyer in their season finale against the San Francisco 49ers on December 30 making Hoyer the fourth Cardinals quarterback to start a game for the team in the 2012 campaign. John Skelton started six games, Kevin Kolb started five, and Ryan Lindley started four contests for the Cards prior to Hoyer’s start. Hoyer was also making his first start in the NFL.

The Cardinals were the only NFL team to start four different quarterbacks this past season; the Jets and Steelers each started three different QBs in 2012.

Hoyer was also the 27th different QB the Cardinals franchise has started in the last 25 seasons (since 1988). That tied them with the Cleveland Browns for the second most since 1988. The Chicago Bears have started the most different QBs since 1988… 28!

While the Bears have started 28 different signal-callers since 1988, the Green Bay Packers in that same timeframe has started only eight different QBs. (If you are a Packers fan, can you name those eight quarterbacks who have started a game for the Pack since 1988? Answer at the end of this item.)

Following are the number of starting quarterbacks used by each of the NFL teams since 1988.

Number of starting QBs since 1988, Team

28: Chicago
27: Arizona, Cleveland (no team from 1996-98)
26: Washington
24: Detroit, Oakland
23: New York Jets
22: Dallas, Miami
21: St. Louis
20: Atlanta, Minnesota, Tampa Bay
19: Kansas City, Philadelphia, San Diego
18: Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle
17: Cincinnati, Indianapolis
16: Baltimore (Ravens franchise started in 1996)
15: Jacksonville (Jaguars franchise started in 1995), Tennessee
14: Carolina (Panthers franchise started in 1995), New England
13: Buffalo
12: Pittsburgh
9: New York Giants
8: Green Bay
7: Houston (franchise started in 2002)

Die-hard Packers fans will remember that the eight quarterbacks who have started games for the team since 1988 are (alphabetically): Anthony Dilweg, Brett Favre, Matt Flynn, Blair Kiel, Don Majkowski, Aaron Rodgers, Mike Tomczak and Randy Wright.

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Can NFL teams win by scoring less than 10 points in a game?

Manning in a huddle against the Jaguars

The Colts have won 8 games since 1987 when they scored under 10 points... Image via Wikipedia

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Since the beginning of the 1987 NFL season (the last 25 NFL seasons) there have been 73 occasions when a team has won a game by scoring less than 10 points. In this season, it has happened only once: the Cleveland Browns defeated the Seattle Seahawks 6-3 on October 23.

Following are the number of games each NFL team has won since 1987 when they scored less than 10 points.

8 games: Indianapolis

5 games: Buffalo, Cleveland

4 games: New England, Oakland, Pittsburgh

3 games: Detroit, Green Bay, Jacksonville, New York Giants, New York Jets, Washington

2 games: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee

1 game: Arizona, Baltimore, Carolina, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia

0 games: Cincinnati, Houston, San Diego, St. Louis

Note: Of the four teams with o, the Chargers did win a game in 1986 with less than 10 points; the Rams won a 1979 playoff game with less than 10 points; and Cincinnati and Houston have never won a game when they scored less than 10 points.

BONUS: The New York Giants were 6-2 at the halfway point of the NFL season, giving them eight straight years they have been above .500 at the halfway point… the longest current streak in the NFL. Following are the teams that have the longest active streaks of seasons above .500 at the halfway point.

8 seasons: New York Giants

6 seasons: New England

5 seasons: Pittsburgh

4 seasons: Atlanta

3 seasons: New Orleans

2 seasons: Baltimore, Chicago, Green Bay, New York Jets

One game short of the Super Bowl

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Falling one game short of making the Super Bowl is a tremendous loss for any NFL team. Since the 1966 season when the Super Bowl made its debut, the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders franchise has been the NFL team that has been disappointed the most when it comes to falling one game short of the big game. The Raiders have lost nine championship games, most during this timeframe.

Following are the NFL teams which have lost the most championship games since the 1966 season, thus missing out on an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl.

Team                                                 Championship Game losses since 1966 season

Oakland/L.A. Raiders                                                                9

Dallas Cowboys                                                                           7

Pittsburgh Steelers                                                                      7

San Francisco 49ers                                                                    7

St.Louis/L.A. Rams                                                                    6

Cleveland Browns                                                                        5

Minnesota Vikings                                                                      5

Philadelphia Eagles                                                                    4

Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers                                           4

New York Jets                                                                              4

Chicago Bears                                                                              3

Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts                                                   3

San Diego Chargers                                                                    3