The Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers are sailing uncharted waters in Week 9. Both teams will play a team that’s at a 6-0 record or better this Sunday for their second game in a row, which is extremely rare.
According to Randall Liu, NFL Director of NFC Football Communications, only two other teams in the history of the NFL have played in back-to-back games against a team that held a 6-0 or better record.
— Randall Liu (@RLiuCBS) November 3, 2015
In 1934 the Detroit Lions played against a 11-0 Chicago Bears and were beaten and then had to turn around and play them again at 12-0. The only other like occurrence in NFL history came when the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004 played a 6-0 New England Patriots then a 7-0 Philadelphia Eagles in their next game.
Now the Colts and Packers have the honor of adding to this stat.
Last week, the Colts played the then 6-0 Carolina Panthers, and the Packers played against the Denver Broncos, who were 6-0. Now in Week 9 the Colts and Packers swap opponents with the Colts facing the 7-0 Broncos and Packers taking on the 7-0 Panthers.
If the Colts, who are tied with the Houston Texans in the AFC South, lose to the Broncos as many would assume, then it is likely others could be on the chopping block after Jim Irsay fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton after the team lost in Week 8.
As for the Packers, a loss to the Panthers and a potential win for the Minnesota Vikings against the St. Louis Rams, would have them sitting tied for the lead in the NFC North.
Either way, both the Colts and Packers have their work cut out for them against two teams that nobody has managed to undermine and outplay yet this season.