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NFL: Stats for 2-0 Teams and 0-2 Teams

So your team is 2-0, and you can pencil them in for the playoffs. So your team is 0-2, and you can be pretty much be assured they won’t be in the playoffs. Do two games really make that much of a difference? Does an 0-2 start doom your team with 14 games remaining to rebound? The odds say yes. So does our OddsShark NFL Database.

Since 2007, 75 teams have started 0-2. Only eight (9.4%) of them turned it around to make the playoffs and one of those (the 2008 Chargers) made it with an 8-8 record. The Texans and Seahawks last season, the Colts from 2014, the 2013 Panthers, the 2008 Vikings and the 2007 Giants are the only others.

Starting 2-0 doesn’t guarantee your team a spot in the playoffs, and this trend has been cooling off in recent seasons. Still, in those 75 cases where teams started 2-0, 44 (58.6%) made it to the postseason while 31 missed. And among those hard-luck teams to miss the playoffs, the 2008 Patriots failed with an 11-5 record, so they hardly collapsed after a 2-0 start.

It's the usual suspects in 2016 that have started 0-2, with the Browns, Jaguars, Dolphins and Bills being joined by the Bears, Colts, Redskins and Saints. The Colts and Redskins both play in relatively soft divisions, but the other six should be crossed off as potential playoff contenders.

The Giants, Vikings, Patriots, Broncos, Ravens, Steelers, Texans and Eagles will all hope a 2-0 start will pave the way for a playoff appearance. The biggest standouts from this group are of course the Patriots, who are getting it done without Tom Brady, and the Broncos, who are showing no signs of a Super Bowl hangover. 

NFL Playoffs - 2-0 & 0-2 Teams
2016New England?Cleveland?
 New York Giants?Washington?
 Minnesota?New Orleans?
2015New EnglandYBaltimoreN
 DenverYNY GiantsN
 Green BayYDetroitN
 CarolinaYNew OrleansN
 NY JetsNIndianapolisN
 CincinnatiYKansas CityN
 DenverYNY GiantsN
 CarolinaYTampa BayN
 ArizonaYNew OrleansN
 New OrleansYJacksonvilleN
 MiamiNNY GiantsN
 New EnglandYCarolinaY
 Kansas CityYTampa BayN
 HoustonYKansas CityN
 PhiladelphiaNNew OrleansN
 San DiegoNOaklandN
 San FranciscoYTennesseeN
 Green BayYKansas CityN
 New EnglandYMinnesotaN
 NY JetsNSeattleN
 WashingtonNSt. LouisN
 Green BayYDallasN
 Kansas CityYBuffaloN
 New OrleansYCarolinaN
 PittsburghYSt. LouisN
 Tampa BayNSan FranciscoN
 IndianapolisYKansas CityN
 MinnesotaYSt. LouisN
 NY GiantsNJacksonvilleN
 NY JetsYTampa BayN
 New OrleansYClevelandN
 San FranciscoNMiamiN
 DenverNKansas CityN
 Green BayNMiamiY
 NY GiantsYMinnesotaY
 New EnglandN (11-5)San DiegoY (8-8)
 TennesseeYSt. LouisN
 DetroitNKansas CityN
 Green BayYMiamiN
 HoustonNNew OrleansN
 IndianapolisYNY GiantsY (Super Bowl)
 New EnglandYNY JetsN
 San FranciscoNPhiladelphiaN
 WashingtonYSt. LouisN