Heading into the 2013 regular season, there were a number of teams who were expected to emerge as legitimate postseason contenders early.
Some were expected to do so because they were coming off playoff seasons in 2012. Others were projected to rebound from disappointing campaigns or showcase the fruits of a successful offseason in the win column.
Trying to predict the league's playoff entrants before the regular season even begins is anything but an exact science. However, the ability to lay out bold predictions is one of the things we love about the NFL.
Unpredictability is another.
After two weeks of play, eight teams find themselves with an 0-2 record and cradled comfortably in the "long shot" category.
Since 2008, no team has started 0-2 and still made the postseason, which means these eight teams might already be out of the running for the 2013 playoffs.
The surprising part is that among these eight teams are some of those initially expected among the best in the league, including two participants from the 2012 playoffs.
Here, we'll look at some of these teams, why their expectations were high in the first place and what to expect from them moving forward.