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Are NFL Teams That Start 0-2 Screwed?

If your team is 2-0, can you pencil them in to the NFL playoffs? Does an 0-2 start doom your team with 14 games remaining to rebound? Do two games really make that much of a difference? The odds say yes and so does our OddsShark NFL Database.

Since 2007, 83 teams have started 0-2. Only nine (10.8 percent) of them turned it around to make the playoffs and one of those (the 2008 Chargers) made it with an 8-8 record. The Dolphins last season, the Texans and Seahawks in 2015, the Colts from 2014, the 2013 Panthers, the 2008 Vikings and the 2007 Giants are the only others — and, of course, that Giants team won the Super Bowl that season.

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 83 cases where teams started 2-0, 48 (57.8 percent) made it to the postseason while 35 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 2017 that have started 0-2, with the Browns, Jets, and Bears being joined by the Giants, Chargers, Bengals, Colts and Saints. Given what most of these teams have in front of them in their divisions, they should be crossed off as potential playoff contenders.

The Broncos, Raiders, Chiefs, Ravens, Steelers, Lions, Falcons and Panthers will all hope a 2-0 start will pave the way for a playoff appearance. The biggest standouts from this group are the trio from the AFC West who all look like they could give the Patriots a run for their money in the playoffs.

NFL Playoffs - 2-0 & 0-2 Teams
2016New EnglandYClevelandN
 New York GiantsYWashingtonN
 MinnesotaNNew OrleansN
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