Recent History Favors NFL Teams That Start Season 7-2

Recent History Favors NFL Teams That Start Season 7-2
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For the second straight season, the Kansas City Chiefs have won seven of their first nine regular season games, setting the stage for another playoff run under legendary coach Andy Reid.

Fresh off their latest win in Germany over Miami, the Chiefs enter their off week with a full head of momentum and a looming Super Bowl rematch against Philadelphia to prepare for — the Chiefs Super Bowl odds are the best in the NFL at +475.

So far this season, Kansas City has knocked off Jacksonville, Chicago, the New York Jets, Minnesota, Denver, the L.A. Chargers and Miami by a combined score of 179-114. Ahead of their Nov. 20 showdown with the Eagles, utilized Champs or Chumps to look at how teams ended after starting with a 7-2 record since 2013. There have been 32 teams to start 7-2 in the last 10 seasons.

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Performance of NFL Teams Starting 7-2

SituationNumber of Teams Percentage
Making The Playoffs3196.9%
Winning Wild Card Round2578.1%
Winning Divisional Round1340.6%
Winning Conference Championship721.9%
Winning Super Bowl618.8%

Kansas sportsbook apps list the Chiefs as a resounding -900 to win their division.

Can Chiefs Join 7-2 Teams to Win It All?

NFL teams that start the year 7-2 tend to do great things at year’s end, with 96.9% of teams reaching the postseason and six winning Super Bowl titles (including last year’s Chiefs). The other teams that hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy are the 2021 L.A. Rams, 2018, 2016 and 2014 New England Patriots and the 2015 Denver Broncos.

For 2023, oddsmakers at ESPN BET Kansas list the top contenders to the Chiefs as Philadelphia (+500), San Francisco (+550) and Baltimore (+900). For Reid and company, the second half of the season begins Nov. 20 when Kansas City will host the Eagles with an eye on pulling off another win over the 8-1 Eagles on Monday Night Football.

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years.

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