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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Perfection is Easier

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There is no doubt 16-0 is more likely than 0-16. Why? Because 16-0 has happened, and 0-16 hasn't.

The expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14 in 1976, but since the league went to 16 games in 1978, no team has achieved the dreaded reverse perfection.

Last season the New England Patriots did not lose a game in the regular season and won twice in the playoffs before losing the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. In 1972, the Miami Dolphins went 17-0 en route to winning the Super Bowl.

The Titans will look to improve to 7-0 tonight, but talk of an undefeated season for Coach Jeff Fisher's bunch shouldn't began until they win at least 10 games. They do have a favorable schedule, however, with Pittsburgh the only remaining opponent that currently is at least two games above .500.

The league's two winless teams, Detroit and Cincinnati, have been close to breaking through recently. The Lions played Washington close yesterday. The Bengals took the Super Bowl champion Lions to the wire and had a chance to beat Dallas earlier this month.

Between the Lions and Bengals, Detroit has a clearer path to reverse perfection. Of the Lions' final nine opponents, only one is currently below .500. Cincinnati has clearer opportunities for victory against two-win Cleveland in Week 16 and one-win Kansas City in Week 17.

By Gene Wang  |  October 27, 2008; 9:58 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I think that the chances of someone getting a win on Tenn are good. I know the AFC South is not what it was last year, but there are still strong teams there and a fluke game can happen. as for 0-16, if it happens I am guessing it will be Detroit. Cinci has more "good" players, a WR tandem and I would call Lewis a unlucky average head coach. Detroit's got nothing.

Posted by: Alex35332 | October 28, 2008 10:49 AM

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