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It’s Over for the NFL’s 0-3 Teams

The Chargers, Bengals, Browns, Giants and 49ers are absolutely toast. The fat lady is singing and the only thing left to play for is pride. Or, instead of pride, maybe just embrace the shame that comes with throwing a season to chase the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Yes, it looks like it’s over for the NFL’s 0-3 teams as history hasn’t been kind to slow starters. Going way back to 1980, there have been 168 teams to start a season 0-3, with only five of them going on to make the playoffs — a whopping 2.9 percent. If you’re a fan of one of the 0-3 teams and that 2.9 percent number is giving you hope, it shouldn’t. The last team to start 0-3 and make the playoffs was the 1998 Bills, who followed up their 0-3 start with five straight wins.

The Chargers are already three games back in the AFC West, while the Giants are easily the biggest disappointment in the 0-3 group considering they entered the season with +1600 odds to win the Super Bowl. So go ahead, tear up those futures tickets and start scouting the upcoming draft class.

If you’re a fan of one of the two 3-0 teams, the Falcons and Chiefs,  you should be feeling pretty good about your team’s chances of making the playoffs. Since 1980, 132 of the 175 (75.4 percent) teams to start 3-0 made the playoffs.