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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, 91 teams have started 0-2. Only 10 (10.9 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 Saints last season, the Dolphins in 2016, the Texans and Seahawks in 2015, the Colts from 2014, the 2013 Panthers, the Dolphins, Chargers and Vikings in 2008, 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 91 cases where teams started 2-0, 52 (57.1 percent) made it to the postseason while 39 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.

NFL Playoffs - 2-0 & 0-2 Teams
Year2-0Playoffs?0-2Playoffs?
2017DenverNClevelandN
 OaklandNNY JetsN
 Kansas CityYChicagoN
 BaltimoreNNY GiantsN
 PittsburghYLA ChargersN
 DetroitNCincinnatiN
 AtlantaYNew OrleansY
 CarolinaYIndianapolisN
2016New EnglandYClevelandN
 HoustonYJacksonvilleN
 DenverNMiamiY
 PittsburghYBuffaloN
 BaltimoreNIndianapolisN
 New York GiantsYWashingtonN
 MinnesotaNNew OrleansN
 PhiladelphiaNChicagoN
2015New EnglandYBaltimoreN
 CincinnatiYHoustonY
 DenverYNY GiantsN
 DallasNPhiladelphiaN
 Green BayYDetroitN
 AtlantaNChicagoN
 CarolinaYNew OrleansN
 ArizonaYSeattleY
 NY JetsNIndianapolisN
2014BuffaloNJacksonvilleN
 CincinnatiYKansas CityN
 HoustonNOaklandN
 DenverYNY GiantsN
 CarolinaYTampa BayN
 ArizonaYNew OrleansN
 PhiladelphiaNIndianapolisY
2013SeattleYClevelandN
 ChicagoNPittsburghN
 New OrleansYJacksonvilleN
 HoustonNWashingtonN
 MiamiNNY GiantsN
 DenverYMinnesotaN
 New EnglandYCarolinaY
 Kansas CityYTampa BayN
2012ArizonaNClevelandN
 AtlantaYJacksonvilleN
 HoustonYKansas CityN
 PhiladelphiaNNew OrleansN
 San DiegoNOaklandN
 San FranciscoYTennesseeN
2011BuffaloNCarolinaN
 DetroitYIndianapolisN
 Green BayYKansas CityN
 HoustonYMiamiN
 New EnglandYMinnesotaN
 NY JetsNSeattleN
 WashingtonNSt. LouisN
2010ChicagoYClevelandN
 Green BayYDallasN
 HoustonNDetroitN
 Kansas CityYBuffaloN
 MiamiNMinnesotaN
 New OrleansYCarolinaN
 PittsburghYSt. LouisN
 Tampa BayNSan FranciscoN
2009AtlantaNCarolinaN
 BaltimoreYDetroitN
 DenverNTennesseeN
 IndianapolisYKansas CityN
 MinnesotaYSt. LouisN
 NY GiantsNJacksonvilleN
 NY JetsYTampa BayN
 New OrleansYClevelandN
 San FranciscoNMiamiN
2008ArizonaYCincinnatiN
 BaltimoreYClevelandN
 BuffaloNDetroitN
 CarolinaYHoustonN
 DallasNJacksonvilleN
 DenverNKansas CityN
 Green BayNMiamiY
 NY GiantsYMinnesotaY
 New EnglandN (11-5)San DiegoY (8-8)
 PittsburghYSeattleN
 TennesseeYSt. LouisN
2007DallasYAtlantaN
 DenverNBuffaloN
 DetroitNKansas CityN
 Green BayYMiamiN
 HoustonNNew OrleansN
 IndianapolisYNY GiantsY (Super Bowl)
 New EnglandYNY JetsN
 PittsburghYOaklandN
 San FranciscoNPhiladelphiaN
 WashingtonYSt. LouisN

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