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

So your team is 2-0, and even though also-rans like the Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills are included in this group you can pencil those teams in for the 2014 playoffs.

So your team is 0-2, and even though alleged Super Bowl contenders like the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts are included in this group you can be pretty much assured they won’t be in the 2014 playoffs.

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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 NFL Database.

Since 2007, 59 teams started 0-2. Only four of them turned it around to make the playoffs and one (the 2008 San Diego Chargers) made it with an 8-8 record. The Carolina Panthers from last season, 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 59 games where teams started 2-0, 34 made it to the postseason while 25 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.

2-0 Teams in 2014
Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston, Denver, Carolina, Arizona, Philadelphia

0-2 Teams in 2014
Jacksonville, Kansas City, Oakland, NY Giants, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Indianapolis

Year 2-0 Playoffs? 0-2 Playoffs?
2014 Buffalo ? Jacksonville ?
  Cincinnati ? Kansas City ?
  Houston ? Oakland ?
  Denver ? NY Giants ?
  Carolina ? Tampa Bay ?
  Arizona ? New Orleans ?
  Philadelphia ? Indianapolis ?
2013 Seattle Y Cleveland N
  Chicago N Pittsburgh N
  New Orleans Y Jacksonville N
  Houston N Washington N
  Miami N NY Giants N
  Denver Y Minnesota N
  New England Y Carolina Y
  Kansas City Y Tampa Bay N
2012 Arizona N Cleveland N
  Atlanta Y Jacksonville N
  Houston Y Kansas City N
  Philadelphia N New Orleans N
  San Diego N Oakland N
  San Francisco Y Tennessee N
2011 Buffalo N Carolina N
  Detroit Y Indianapolis N
  Green Bay Y Kansas City N
  Houston Y Miami N
  New England Y Minnesota N
  NY Jets N Seattle N
  Washington N St. Louis N
2010 Chicago Y Cleveland N
  Green Bay Y Dallas N
  Houston N Detroit N
  Kansas City Y Buffalo N
  Miami N Minnesota N
  New Orleans Y Carolina N
  Pittsburgh Y St Louis N
  Tampa Bay N San Francisco N
2009 Atlanta N Carolina N
  Baltimore Y Detroit N
  Denver N Tennessee N
  Indianapolis Y Kansas City N
  Minnesota Y St Louis N
  NY Giants N Jacksonville N
  NY Jets Y Tampa Bay N
  New Orleans Y Cleveland N
  San Francisco N Miami N
2008 Arizona Y Cincinnati N
  Baltimore Y Cleveland N
  Buffalo N Detroit N
  Carolina Y Houston N
  Dallas N Jacksonville N
  Denver N Kansas City N
  Green Bay N Miami N
  NY Giants Y Minnesota Y
  New England N (11-5) San Diego Y (8-8)
  Pittsburgh Y Seattle N
  Tennessee Y St Louis N
2007 Dallas Y Atlanta N
  Denver N Buffalo N
  Detroit N Kansas City N
  Green Bay Y Miami N
  Houston N New Orleans N
  Indianapolis Y NY Giants Y (Super Bowl)
  New England Y NY Jets N
  Pittsburgh Y Oakland N
  San Francisco N Philadelphia N
  Washington Y St Louis N