Which 2-0 Teams Are NFL Playoff Pretenders or Contenders?
One week ago, we gave you the numbers on the good news and the bad news when it comes to getting off to a quick start in the NFL. They are certainly worth repeating.
Dating back to 1990 and under the current playoff format of 12 teams, teams opening 2-0 reached the playoffs 63.1 percent of the time in 25 seasons. On the other hand, clubs that opened 0-2 made it to the postseason only 11.7 percent of the time (24-of-205).
Yes, while a 0-2 start makes getting to the playoffs a chore, a 2-0 start guarantees nothing. The Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles all won their first two games in 2014, and while each of those clubs finished with winning records, all fell short of the playoffs.
So of the nine teams that are off to unbeaten and untied starts this season, which are legitimate threats to reach the postseason and which could fade in time? Here are our thoughts.