NFL Picks: Will Any Team Go 8-0 at Home?

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:47 PM GMT

Going unbeaten on the road in the NFL regular season is very rare as it has only been done eight times, last by Dallas in 2014. But running the table at home isn't that big of a deal. What teams have the best shot to do it in 2015?

Eight Isn't Always Enough
Last season, two teams went 8-0 at home in the regular season: the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately for both, they were each only the No. 2 seeds in the playoffs. Denver was stunned at home in the divisional round by Indianapolis, while Green Bay probably should have won in Seattle in the NFC Championship Game but blew a late lead and lost in overtime.

The reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots probably could have finished unbeaten at home, but they had nothing to play for in Week 17 and thus rested several key players. The Bills went into Foxboro and won 17-9. The Lions, Seahawks and Cardinals also all had just one loss. Detroit was beaten at Ford Field by the Bills, Seattle was upset at CenturyLink Field by Dallas, and Arizona was beaten at University of Phoenix Stadium by Seattle.

Probably the three toughest places to win in the NFL these days are at Lambeau Field, CenturyLink and Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The fans are the loudest in the NFL in Seattle. Lambeau is just Lambeau. And it's tough for teams to play at altitude when visiting the Broncos. I'd give those three teams, which each has a great quarterback, and Indianapolis (pretty good quarterback on the Colts as well) the best shots of going 8-0 at home. I am not counting New England because I believe the Patriots lose Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh if Tom Brady remains suspended. But if he doesn't miss any home games, the New England Patriots do have one of the easiest home schedules in the NFL.

 

Seattle Seahawks
Since Russell Wilson entered the NFL as a third-round pick in 2012, Seattle has lost only two home games: last year 30-23 to the Cowboys and 17-10 to Arizona in Week 16 of the 2013 season. The common denominator in both? Wilson struggled. Against the Cards, he was just 11-for-27 for 108 yards with a touchdown and a pick. Against the Cowboys, Wilson was 14-for-28 for 126 yards with a pick. Wilson is likely to be a better quarterback in 2015 because of the addition of Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham. The home schedule ranks as only the 17th-toughest in the NFL. Of course you have the three NFC West games, plus tough matchups against Detroit and Pittsburgh.

Projected home record: 8-0

 

Green Bay Packers
Other than a Week 2 comeback win over the Jets, the Packers pretty much dominated teams at Lambeau last year. Aaron Rodgers statistically is just a better QB at home, and he's not exactly a slouch on the road. The Packers scored less than 30 points only once at home in 2014, a 26-21 win over New England. This year's schedule is very tough. There's a huge Week 2 game vs. Seattle, with the winner having  a potentially huge home-field tiebreaker in the playoffs. Games against the Chiefs, Rams, Chargers and Cowboys at Lambeau also will be challenges. Detroit has the potential to go to Green Bay and win among NFC North teams. The Lions haven't won in Wisconsin since 1991 so I'd say they are overdue.

Projected home record: 7-1

 

Denver Broncos
Denver's last regular season home loss was in Week 15 of the 2013 season against San Diego. Good luck running the table this year. The Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers are no pushovers in the AFC West. Plus you have visits by Baltimore, Green Bay (rare Rodgers-Peyton Manning matchup), New England (final Manning- Brady game?) and Cincinnati. Denver's home schedule is ranked as the fifth-toughest in the league.

Projected home record: 7-1

 

Indianapolis Colts
Working in Indy's favor is a home schedule that ranks as the fourth-easiest in the NFL with an opponents' combined winning percentage of .398. Indianapolis should roll through its three home AFC South games. The ones to circle are Week 6 vs. New England, which would be Brady's return from suspension if it stays at four games, Week 7 vs. New Orleans and Week 9 vs. Denver. Win those three, and the Colts will be 8-0 at home.

Projected home record: 8-0