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99 Stats Until Kickoff: Can an NFL season be saved after an 0-2 start?
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(From May 30 and every day until September 5… the start of the 2013 NFL season… Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ will publish “99 Stats Until Kickoff” a daily dose of NFL stats that will get you ready for the 2013 NFL season.)

Two weeks does not an NFL season make. However, losing both games the first two weeks of a new season has not been a good omen over the past few years.

In 2012, six teams started the season 0-2. Of those teams, the Kansas City Chiefs also started the 2011 season 0-2. Two teams, New Orleans and Oakland, had not been 0-2 after Week Two since 2007. The other 0-2 teams were Cleveland, Jacksonville and Tennessee.

In 2011, seven teams started the season 0-2. None of those teams made the playoffs. The same thing happened in 2012; none of the six teams that started 0-2 made the 2012 playoffs. In fact, no team that started the season 0-2 has made the playoffs in the last four seasons (more on that in a moment). All seven of the 2011 teams that started 0-2 finished the season under .500; all six of the 0-2 teams from 2012 also finished under .500 for the season.

Here are the six teams that in 2012 started 0-2 (also noted is their final season record):

2012 season 0-2 Teams, Final record
Cleveland: 5-11
Jacksonville: 2-14
Kansas City: 2-14
Oakland: 4-12
New Orleans: 7-9
Tennessee: 6-10

As I mentioned above, no 0-2 team has made the playoffs since 2009. Since 2006, there have been only five teams that have started 0-2 that have made the playoffs. They were:

2008: Minnesota, Miami and San Diego

2007: New York Giants

2006: Kansas City

The Denver Broncos are the only NFL team that has not gone 0-2 this century. The Broncos last started a season 0-2 in 1999.

Following is the last season in which each NFL team started 0-2.

2012: Cleveland, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Oakland, Tennessee

2011: Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, Minnesota, Seattle, St. Louis

2010: Buffalo, Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco

2009: Tampa Bay

2008: Cincinnati, San Diego

2007: Atlanta, New York Giants (won Super Bowl that season), New York Jets, Philadelphia

2006: Green Bay, Houston, Washington

2005: Arizona, Baltimore

2003: Chicago

2002: Pittsburgh

2001: New England (won Super Bowl that season)

1999: Denver

Note: Of the 84 playoff teams from the seven seasons spanning 2006-2012, 36 were 2-0 to start the season that playoff year, 43 were 1-1 and only five started 0-2 and made the playoffs. Last year, of the 12 playoff teams, three (Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco) started the year 2-0 and nine split their first two games.

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