NFL


Joseph Diller

October 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO–Are any of the NFL’s five undefeated teams going to break even in week 7: Patriots, Panthers, Bengals, Packers, Broncos?

Patriots: The Patriots stand at 5-0 and have beaten opponents by an average of 16.0 points per game.

Bengals: Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense is doing everything Brady and the Patriots are this season. Through six games, he trails only Tom Brady in passer rating and just Aaron Rodgers in touchdown passes.

Panthers: Carolina has a stout defense, a good running game and a quarterback who has a knack for making big plays at the right time. That’s a team that’s built to win a Super Bowl.

Packers: The defense is 19th in the league in yards allowed, but third in points allowed. Supposed star running back Eddie Lacy has had a disappointing season, yet the Packers are still third in the league in rushing. Games against some bad teams, the Bears, 49ers and Chargers, have been closer than most would expect, and every team the Packers have played so far has a losing record. They have a tough schedule ahead of them.

Broncos: Peyton Manning is the weak link on an undefeated team instead of the strength. He is ranked ranked 33rd in the NFL through more than a third of the season. Last year the 33rd-ranked passer was Blake Bortles. The year before that: Matt Schaub.