October has finally arrived, which means a few things: it means you can finally buy that five-pound bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups without being judged (because they’re for trick-or-treaters, right?) and it also means that the first full month of the NFL season is in the books. The league-wide parity that we’ve come to expect from our nation’s most beloved game has perhaps never been more apparent than through the first four weeks of the 2014 season, where only two unbeaten teams remain. For comparison’s sake, there were still five unbeaten teams remaining on October 1, 2013: the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints. Not surprisingly, all five of those teams made the playoffs and two of them would meet in Super Bowl XLVIII.
This year, we’re down to only two unbeaten teams as we begin October: the 3-0 Cincinnati Bengals and the 3-0 Arizona Cardinals (coincidentally, both remaining unbeaten teams had a Week 4 bye). So the question is, what will become of the 2014 Cardinals and Bengals? Cincinnati is coming off yet another underwhelming first round playoff exit and the Cardinals narrowly missed playing January football despite finishing with a 10-6 regular season record. Will they make the playoffs? Will we see one (or both) in the Super Bowl? Hit the comment section and let’s hear those predictions.