How Do NFL Teams That Start 9-1 Usually Finish Season?

How Do NFL Teams That Start 9-1 Usually Finish Season?
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The Philadelphia Eagles have the best record in the NFL and are coming off a thrilling 21-17 road win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, with an eye toward clinching a playoff berth in the weeks ahead. Even more encouraging for Eagles fans and the team’s backers at Pennsylvania sports betting operators? Philly has started 9-1 five times in the Super Bowl era: In 1980, 2004, 2017, 2022 and this season. Philly reached the Super Bowl each of the previous four times.

Entering the team’s Sunday matinee at Lincoln Financial Field against the 6-5 Buffalo Bills, the Eagles have a shot at securing their second straight double-digit win season and moving a step closer toward winning their third NFC East title since 2019.

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Eagles-Bills Odds For Sunday

Ahead of that Sunday showdown against the Bills, in which oddsmakers from ESPN BET Pennsylvania Sportsbook list the Eagles as a 3.5-point favorite (with a -170 moneyline in favor of the home side), it’s worth wondering how past 9-1 NFL teams have fared at year’s end.

Using data from Champs or Chumps, PennStakes.com looked at how teams ended the NFL season after winning nine of their first 10 games since the 2000 NFL season. There have been 26 teams that have started 9-1 since 2000.

The overall trend is very encouraging for Eagles fans, who can turn to PennStakes.com for the best PA sportsbook promo codes before they place a wager.

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Performance Of NFL Teams Starting 9-1

Situation Number of Teams Percentage
Making The Playoffs 26 100.0%
Winning Wild Card Round 23 88.5%
Winning Divisional Round 18 69.2%
Winning Conference Championship 11 42.3%
Winning Super Bowl 4 15.4%

Can Eagles Add To 9-1 NFL Success Stories?

Of the 26 teams that have started 9-1 since 2000, all of them made it to the postseason. And 23 of those teams (or 88.5%) advanced past the NFL’s Wild Card round, with 18 (69.2%) making it past the Divisional round.

Eleven of the 26 NFL teams that have started 9-1 went on to play in that year’s Super Bowl, while four of those (or 15.4%) went on to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. As for Philly’s immediate future, oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook Pennsylvania list the Eagles in a tie with the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers for the lowest Super Bowl title odds, at +450.

The Eagles’ NFC futures are even stronger, with Nick Sirianni’s team holding the best odds of winning the conference, at +190, while Philadelphia has -900 odds of winning the NFC East in 2023.

Right now, the team’s lone focus is likely on the Bills this Sunday. But it never hurts to dream – or take a gander at our Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl odds – if you’re a Birds fan. That’s especially true given the track record of previous NFL teams that won nine of their first 10 regular season games since the turn of the millennium.

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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