With six weeks already in the books, just one undefeated team remains in the NFL. Powered by one of the league’s top offences, the Arizona Cardinals have returned to contention with a vengeance, scoring 31 or more points on five occasions while charging to an unblemished record. However, the Cardinals face long odds in their bid to become the first NFL team to go undefeated during the regular season in over a decade.
At the other end of the spectrum, the long-suffering Detroit Lions look to Week 7 as the lone NFL team still searching for a win. Largely outclassed in each of their defeats to date, things get no easier for the Lions as they prepare to hit the road for three of their next four games, and have emerged as an intriguing bet to be the first-ever NFL team to compile a 0-17 record.
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|NFL Season Specials|
|Detroit Lions to go 0-17 in Regular Season||9.50|
|Arizona Cardinals to go 17-0 in Regular Season||67.00|
|Any Team to go 20-0 and Win Super Bowl 56||151.00|
Cardinals Enjoying Spectacular Turnaround
The Arizona Cardinals have emerged as the big story of the 2021 NFL season while marching to a league-leading 6-0 straight-up record. Absent from the NFL playoffs while failing to compile a winning record in each of the past five seasons, the Cardinals have enjoyed a remarkable turnaround this season. Led by quarterback Kyler Murray, who is enjoying a breakthrough in his third year in the NFL, the Cardinals have regularly outclassed opponents during their hot start. But with the NFL regular season now extended to 17 games, achieving the rare feat of a perfect season is an even more daunting task. And that is reflected on the NFL season specials, where Arizona is pegged as a lengthy 66.00 bet to avoid a regular-season defeat.
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— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) October 18, 2021
Perfect seasons are exceedingly rare in pro sports, and that is particularly true in the NFL. It has been 14 years since the New England Patriots marched to a 16-0 record, becoming just the fourth team to run the table during the regular season since the league introduced playoffs almost 90 years ago. Following up an undefeated regular season with a successful march to a Super Bowl title is even rarer, with the 1972 Miami Dolphins being the only NFL team to accomplish that feat. Considering that the Cardinals would have to rack up an unblemished 20-0 record to pull it off, it is now surprising the odds of that happening sit at a distant 151.00 at Funbet.
Tough Schedule Awaits
The Cardinals have received little help from the schedule makers in their pursuit of the perfect season. The team has been forced to get the job done on the road in four of their first six wins, including big victories in Tennessee, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. And while they will be a popular bet this weekend at Sports Interaction, where they are pegged as massive 18.5-point home chalk in their Week 7 date with the lowly Houston Texans, there is no shortage of tough matchups awaiting as the season progresses.
Most notable among those are visits from Green Bay and the Rams in Weeks 8 and 14, respectively. The Cardinals also face tough road contests in San Francisco and Dallas and close out the season with a clash against Seattle. While the odds of Arizona going 17-0 are likely worthy of just a limited stake, they offer substantial value on the Super Bowl odds at Bet99, where they are pegged at 10.00.
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Losing Nothing New to Lions
While the Cardinals face a massive uphill battle as they pursue a perfect season, the road to a winless season is opening up for the Detroit Lions. Losers by double-digit margins on four occasions during their 0-6 start, the Lions have emerged as an intriguing 9.50 wager to complete the NFL’s first-ever 0-17 season.
In addition to their four blowout losses, the Lions have also fallen prey to hard luck. Detroit dropped 19-17 decisions to both Baltimore and Minnesota, with both the Ravens and Vikings sealing victory with game-ending field goals. With the team’s depth impacted by a rash of injuries, the Lions’ struggle is likely to continue this weekend when they take on their former quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams as massive 15-point road underdogs on the NFL Week 7 odds at Betway.
Justin Tucker with an NFL Record 66 yard Field Goal!
As the Ravens (-370🤑) take down the Lions (+7.5🤑) by a score of 19-17…
— UDDA (@UDDA_WINNER) September 26, 2021
Indeed, just three of the Lions’ final 11 opponents enter Week 7 sporting losing records. Of those, the most winnable matchup is likely to come in Week 16, when they the Lions visit the Atlanta Falcons, whose only two wins this season have come against the slumping New York Jets and New York Giants. That makes Detroit worthy of a wager to record the first winless season in the NFL since 2017, and the third winless campaign in franchise history.
The Picks: Cardinals to win Super 56 (10.00) at Bet99; Lions go 0-17 in the regular season (9.50)