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. Does 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, 66 teams have started 0-2. Only five of them turned it around to make the playoffs and one (the 2008 San Diego Chargers) made it with an 8-8 record. The Indianapolis Colts from last season, the 2013 Carolina Panthers, the 2008 Minnesota Vikings, and the 2007 New York 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 66 games where teams started 2-0, 38 made it to the postseason while 28 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.
Carolina will look to make another playoff run after a 2-0 start. Since 2007, the team has started 2-0 twice and made the playoffs each of those times. The Patriots and Packers also have a good track record after 2-0 starts since 2007. They both made the playoffs three times after four 2-0 starts.
A 2-0 start has eluded traditional playoff outcasts Cleveland, Jacksonville, St. Louis, and Oakland over the past eight seasons. Also, based on their recent history, the Saints will have a tough road ahead of them after another 0-2 start. The team has started 0-2 three times since 2007, failing to reach the playoffs each of those times.
|Kansas City||Y||Tampa Bay||N|
|Green Bay||Y||Kansas City||N|
|Tampa Bay||N||San Francisco||N|
|NY Jets||Y||Tampa Bay||N|
|New England||N (11-5)||San Diego||Y (8-8)|
|Indianapolis||Y||NY Giants||Y (Super Bowl)|
|New England||Y||NY Jets||N|