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How many teams have started 8-0 in the NFL? The Philadelphia Eagles land on hallowed ground

Seattle Seahawks v Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles players striking a pose

The NFL has had some great teams over the years, teams that never seem to lose and make winning look simple. Some of these teams have steamrolled their opposition, dismantling defenses with ease. Others are more methodical in their approach. They grind their opponents with time and usually win close games right at the end.

The 2022 season has seen a very interesting side take prominence - the Philadelphia Eagles. After defeating the Houston Texans to kick off Week 9, the Eagles now stand at 8-0. Many are now wondering if Philadelphia can go undefeated this season, a feat worthy of the history books. Others wonder how often this occurs and how other franchises have fared in the same position. So, how many teams have started an NFL season 8-0?

According to statistics, there are twenty-nine teams that have started a season with an 8-0 record. The Philadelphia Eagles became the latest addition to this illustrious list. All 28 previous teams that started 8-0 have made the playoffs, with 15 winning their conference championships and eight winning the Super Bowl. It is important to note that none of the last ten teams that have started 8-0 have gone on to win the Super Bowl.

The above stats make for interesting reading. It's clear that when teams start 8-0, they are virtually assured of making the playoffs. However, a much smaller number of teams have won the Super Bowl.

The Past 20 NFL Teams Start the Regular Season 8-0

Here is a list of the most recent twenty teams to start the NFL regular season 8-0 or better (prior to the Eagles in this campaign).

#1. 2020 Pittsburgh Steelers

Started Season: 11-0

Ended Season: 12-4

The Pittsburgh Steelers finished the season 12-4 but couldn't make it past the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card.

#2. 2019 San Francisco 49ers

Started Season: 8-0

Ended Season: 13-3

The San Francisco 49ers finished the season 13-3 but lost to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Super Bowl.

#3. 2019 New England Patriots

Started Season: 8-0

Ended Season: 12-4

The New England Patriots finished the campaign 12-4, but lost to the Tennessee Titans 20-13 in the Wild Card round.

#4. 2018 Los Angeles Rams

Started Season: 8-0

Ended Season: 13-3

The Los Angeles Rams finished the season 13-3, beating the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints before losing to the Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl.

#5. 2015 Carolina Panthers

Started Season: 14-0

Ended Season: 15-1

The Carolina Panthers finished the year 15-1, beating the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals before losing to the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl.

#6. 2013 Kansas City Chiefs

Started Season: 9-0

Ended Season: 11-5

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the year 11-5, but their season ended after a Wild Card loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

#7. 2012 Atlanta Falcons

Started Season: 8-0

Ended Season: 13-3

The Atlanta Falcons finished the season 13-3 but lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.

#8. 2011 Green Bay Packers

Started Season: 13-0

Ended Season: 15-1

The Green Bay Packers finished the season 15-1, but their season ended in a 37-20 loss to the New York Giants in the Divisional round.

#9. 2009 Indianapolis Colts

Started Season: 14-0

Ended Season: 14-2

The Indianapolis Colts finished the season 14-2 but lost in the Super Bowl 31-17 to the New Orleans Saints.

#10. 2008 Tennessee Titans

Started Season: 10-0

Ended Season: 13-3

The Tennessee Titans finished the season 13-3 but couldn't make it past the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round, losing by just a field goal.

#11. 2007 New England Patriots

Started Season: 16-0

Ended Season: 16-0

The New England Patriots' perfect season was ruined by the New York Giants, who beat them in the NFL Super Bowl.

#12. 2006 Indianapolis Colts

Started Season: 9-0

Ended Season: 12-4

The Indianapolis Colts ended the season 12-4 and beat the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, and Chicago Bears en route to a Super Bowl win.

#13. 2005 Indianapolis Colts

Started Season: 13-0

Ended Season: 14-2

The Indianapolis Colts finished the season 14-2 but lost to the Steelers by a field goal in the divisional round of the playoffs.

#14. 2003 Kansas City Chiefs

Started Season: 9-0

Ended Season: 13-3

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the season 13-3 but lost 38-31 in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts.

#15. 1998 Denver Broncos

Started Season: 13-0

Ended Season: 14-2

The Denver Broncos finished the season 14-2. They beat the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons en route to their second consecutive NFL Super Bowl.

#16. 1991 Washington Commanders

Started Season: 11-0

Ended Season: 14-2

The Washington Commanders started the season 14-2 and defeated the Buffalo Bills to win their third NFL Super Bowl.

#17. 1990 New York Giants

Started Season: 10-0

Ended Season: 13-3

The New York Giants won the NFL Super Bowl this year.

#18. 1990 San Francisco 49ers

Started Season: 10-0

Ended Season: 14-2

The 1990 San Francisco 49ers finished 14-2 and beat Washington in the divisional round but lost to the New York Giants in the conference championship.

#19. 1985 Chicago Bears

Started Season: 12-0

Ended Season: 15-1

The Chicago Bears finished 15-1, beating the New York Giants and the Rams in the playoffs en route to a 46-10 Super Bowl win against the Patriots.

20. 1984 Miami Dolphins

Started Season: 11-0

Ended Season: 14-2

The Miami Dolphins finished 14-2, beating the Seahawks and Steelers in the playoffs before losing to the 49ers in the Super Bowl.

Have the Philadelphia Eagles been 8-0 before?

Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots
Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots

This is the first time that the Philadelphia Eagles have gone 8-0. Their most recent victory puts them past their previous best start to a season (7-0 in 2004).

The Eagles have been tearing up this season, stacking up wins against league bogey teams, potential playoff rivals, and perhaps most importantly, divisional rivals. The Eagles next face off against a divisional rival in the Washington Commanders as they look to better their previous franchise-high winning streak.

Can the Philadelphia Eagles go 17-0

The Philadelphia Eagles are almost halfway past going through the entire NFL season unbeaten. The entire league is aware of the franchise's legitimacy. This is sensational, as only a year ago, professional critics and armchair specialists were calling quarterback Jalen Hurts a fraud.

Well, just a year later, the team from Philly is the hottest property in the league and is playing a super exciting brand of football. Whether their NFL 8-0 record will turn into 17-0 remains to be seen, but it really is possible.

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Edited by John Maxwell
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