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Are NFL Teams That Start 0-2 Screwed?

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If your team is 2-0, can you pencil them in 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, 98 teams have started 0-2. Only 12 (12.2 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 Texans and Seahawks last season, the Saints in 2017, 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 98 cases where teams started 2-0, 54 (55.1 percent) made it to the postseason while 44 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.

Here’s a look at the teams that started either 2-0 or 0-2 since 2007:

NFL Playoffs - 2-0 & 0-2 Teams
2018LA RamsYHoustonY
 Kansas CityYBuffaloN
 Tampa BayNDetroitN
 CincinnatiNNY GiantsN
 OaklandNNY JetsN
 Kansas CityYChicagoN
 BaltimoreNNY GiantsN
 PittsburghYLA ChargersN
 AtlantaYNew OrleansY
2016New EnglandYClevelandN
 NY 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