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Field Gulls

Seahawks fall to 0-2 but I’m not panicking

Yes, the Seattle Seahawks are 0-2, which doesn’t give them good odds to make the playoffs. Given what I know from my experiences of being a fan and being around fans for awhile, I’m guessing at this point more people are hoping for a high draft pick and some (more) changes than they are a 9-7 season. Because change is interesting and getting in on the March discussions about a top-five pick is fun. But I’m afraid I’m going to have to ray some sunshine onto your rain parade because I don’t think the Seahawks are into the water quite yet. While 0-2 teams get to the playoffs...

Field Gulls

Statistics say the Seahawks aren’t playoff bound

Don’t shoot the messenger! The Seattle Seahawks’ bitterly disappointing 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears means they’re extremely unlikely to make the playoffs. At least according to the statistics. Since 2007, only 10 0-2 teams have gone on to make the postseason. Yep: the last 11 years have seen just 9.2% of the 92 teams who’ve started 0-2 play in the post-season. In other terms, 90.8% of teams who start with two losses didn’t make elimination football. Teams who started 0-2 and made the playoffs since 2007: New York Giants 10-6 2007, San Diego Chargers 8-8 2008, Minnesota...

Blogging The Boys

Cowboys Playoff Tracker: How win over Giants improves Cowboys’ playoff chances

Still a long way to go for the Cowboys, but things are looking up. The Cowboys lost their season-opener, and had they lost the second game of the season against the Giants, they’d have been staring at some pretty long historic playoff odds. We saw in last week’s playoff tracker that since 2002, only 11% of teams that opened the season with two consecutive losses eventually made the playoffs. Lose the game after that and you can start looking at mock drafts for 2019, because not one team that started the season with three losses has made the playoffs since 2002. So what happened to the...

The Denver Post

If your favorite NFL team is 0-2, it’s doomed

Since the league expanded its playoff field to 12 teams in 1990, just 28 out of 223 teams (13 percent) during that time have recovered from an 0-2 start to make the playoffs.

Chicago Tribune

If your favorite NFL team is 0-2, it's doomed

Slow starts in the NFL can have disastrous consequences. Since the league expanded its playoff field to 12 teams in 1990, just 28 out of 223 teams (13 percent) during that time have recovered from an 0-2 start to make the playoffs. Since 2002, when the league expanded and reorganized into eight...

Niner Nation

Seahawks-Bears closes out the week with Monday Night Football

The NFL closes out Week 2 with an intriguing Monday Night Football matchup. The Chicago Bears host the Dallas Cowboys, with kickoff set for 5:15 p.m. PT on ESPN. Joe Tessitore and Jason Witten will call the game from the booth, with Booger McFarland serving as an analyst from the field. Lisa Salters continues her duties as the sideline reporter. Both teams are 0-1, which means the loser of this game would fall into the 0-2 stat regarding difficulty in subsequently making the playoffs. It’s not the best measurement, but it is particularly notable for the Seahawks as far as I’m...

Field Gulls

Bears 24 Seahawks 17: Winners and Losers from Seattle’s MNF loss

Despite bad offensive and defensive play against the Denver Broncos in Week 1, the Seattle Seahawks offense had a chance to win the game late. They didn’t. Despite bad offensive play against the Chicago Bears in Week 2, the Seahawks offense still had a chance to at least tie the game. They didn’t. Winning on the road is tough. Self-destructing repeatedly makes it 1000x harder to win whether you’re on the road or at home. Only 11% of teams have made the playoffs in the current playoff format after starting 0-2. The 2015 Seahawks were one of them, and although the offense finished #1 in...

House of Houston

Houston Texans: 0-2 start not a death sentence but brings a sense of urgency

The Houston Texans are 0-2 and fans are concerned. Of course, 0-2 isn’t the end of the world, but there is a sense of urgency that must be employed now. With the Houston Texans facing a 0-2 start, the chances of making the playoffs appear to be slim. What was once expected to be a […] Houston Texans: 0-2 start not a death sentence but brings a sense of urgency - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!

Silver And Black Pride

Raiders could be headed for bigger rebuild than anyone imagined

After Jon Gruden was hired by Mark Davis and the Oakland Raiders, Gruden made it clear that his priority was bringing a championship to the Bay Area in 2018/19 before the franchise moves to Sin City. But based on many his recent comments it’s appearing more and more that’s just not the plan. Oakland is now 0-2, making them a long shot for the playoffs. Just 11 percent of teams make the playoffs after losing its first two games. The most obvious move to suggest a rebuild was trading Khalil Mack. Any team close to winning doesn’t trade away a future Hall of Fame player in his prime,...

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Dolphins' 2-0 start is nice, but Adam Gase wants players, fans to maintain proper perspective

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase has been off to fast starts before. That’s why he hopes his team heeds to his advice after its first 2-0 start since 2013. “I’ve been 6-0 [in 2009 with the Broncos] and haven’t been to the playoffs. It doesn’t matter,” Gase said on Monday after the Dolphins’ 20-12...


Dolphins are 2-0, and Gase isn't fazed whatsoever

DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins are off to a perfect start, which they know guarantees nothing.Before now, the most recent season where the Dolphins started 2-0 ended up with them missing the playoffs. And the last time they started 0-2, they actually went to the postseason.So starting with two wins — one of only seven NFL teams to do that this season, plus sitting alone atop the AFC East for good measure — obviously beats any alternative fate at this point in the season, though Dolphins coach Adam Gase wasnt exactly spending time figuring out how to distribute playoff tickets on...

Bleeding Green Nation

The Giants’ 2018 season is off to a bad start

Womp womp. If you’re still bummed about the Philadelphia Eagles losing today, allow me to remind you it could always be worse. The New York Giants dropped to 0-2 after losing to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday evening. 0-2 might not seem like an insurmountable hole to climb out of, but history indicates otherwise. Optimum Scouting had a good write-up on this topic last week: Since 2009, only 6 of 77 teams which started the season with a 0-2 record (8.5 percent) made it to the playoffs. That also means that 94.4% percent of playoff teams (102 of 108) avoided starting the season off with...

Gang Green Nation

MNF: Bears vs Seahawks Game Thread

Monday Night Football, Week 2. Tonight the Seattle Seahawks travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears. These two teams are both trying to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start to their seasons, from which historically only one in eight teams recovers to make the playoffs. The Seahawks are led by superb quarterback Russell Wilson. With the slow decline of their once feared defense and the continuing terrible play of their offensive line, Wilson is nearly all that stands between the Seahawks and the NFL bottom dwellers these days. The Seahawks defense still has some holdovers from the...

Gang Green Nation

SNF: Giants vs Cowboys Game Thread

Sunday Night Football, Week 2. Tonight the New York Giants travel to Dallas, Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys in the renewal of a long and heated NFC East rivalry. Both teams come into the game winless and needing a win to stave off the dreaded 0-2 start, which usually signals a playoffs-free season. The Giants are led by fading veteran quarterback Eli Manning and a trio of superb weapons on offense. Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Odell Beckham, Jr. make up one of the most explosive offensive threesomes in the NFL. The Cowboys answer with young quarterback Dak Prescott, looking to...

Big Blue View

Giants-Cowboys final score: Giants beaten 20-13 by Dallas

Inept offense dooms Giants as they fall to 0-2 The New York Giants fell to 0-2 with a 20-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Only 11 percent of teams that have started 0-2 have made the playoffs since 2007. The Giants fell behind early when Dak Prescott, challenged by the Giants to win the game with his arm, hit Tavon Austin for a 64-yard score on the first possession of the game. They never recovered. Eli Manning was under pressure all night. Manning was sacked 6 times for 59 yards while completing 33-of-44 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown. The Dallas pressure...

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Lions can forget playoffs, Matt Patricia must fix sloppiness

Detroit Lions are off to an 0-2 start with a loss to San Francisco. Playoffs shouldnt be the goal right now, it should be fixing the basics.        

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

20 things we learned in the Miami Dolphins' 20-12 win over the New York Jets

The Miami Dolphins were one of the worst teams in the NFL in turnover margin a season ago, leading to a 6-10 season after reaching the playoffs in 2016. After two games this season, the Dolphins seem to have made an emphasis on adjusting that narrative for the 2018 campaign. T.J. McDonald and Xavien...

Blogging The Boys

We’re predicting what will happen in the Cowboys vs. Giants game

Who do you got winning the Sunday night game featuring the Cowboys and Giants? The Dallas Cowboys will try to avoid dropping to 0-2 as they host the New York Giants. While the Cowboys have made the playoffs the last two times they’ve started 0-1, it gets a little more difficult if they drop to 0-2. So, let’s not do that. Would be cool if Cowboys won tomorrow; teams that start 0-2 typically don't do very well in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/HpqY0QMtmE— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) September 15, 2018 Can Dallas regroup and pull it off, or will it be another dreadful week of answering...

Blogging The Boys

Cowboys and Giants playing for NFC East division lead tonight

Eagles and Redskins both lose, opens the door for Dallas. So, the Cowboys 2018 season got off to a terrible start, losing in unimpressive fashion to the Carolina Panthers. Many were calling tonight’s Sunday night tilt against the New York Giants a “must-win”, citing that less than 12% of teams that start 0-2 go on to make the playoffs. And yet, with a win tonight, your Dallas Cowboys will firmly entrench themselves at the top of the NFC East. Okay, they would be in a three-way tie for first place with Washington and Philadelphia, but would technically be at the top by virtue of...

NFL Spin Zone

Cardinals vs. Rams: Can anyone stop the Los Angeles offense?

The Los Angeles Rams will try to claim full dominance over the NFC West as they welcome the Arizona Cardinals to town for a Week 2 matchup. The Los Angeles Rams busted onto the scene last season in historic fashion. However, they looked like a young, inexperienced team and head coach in the playoffs. Thus, […] Cardinals vs. Rams: Can anyone stop the Los Angeles offense? - NFL Spin Zone - NFL Spin Zone - NFL news, rumors, analysis, opinions, stats, mock drafts, scores, and GIFs.

Revenge of the Birds

ROTB Week 2 Pick ‘Em Contest (Season’s Champ Wins Cardinals’ Hat)

OK, ladies and gents, each week we are going to give you a chance to earn a “feather”—-the ROTB member with the most correct picks versus the Vegas spread, is awarded a feather. At the end of the season (including the playoffs), the ROTB member with the most feathers in her/his cap, wins this Arizona Cardinals...

Bolts From The Blue

Is Austin Ekeler RB2 or WR3? Who cares? Play him

Following a disastrous performance by the receiving unit, should Philip Rivers look to target his running back more? If Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers wanted to retire tomorrow, few fans would bat an eye. The 36-year-old quarterback has been through hell and high water trying to find consistency with the organization since 2004. He’s seen his fair share of highs like the team’s 2006 season where they went 14-2 under head coach Marty Schottenheimer and see plenty of disappointment, like going 14-2 in 2006 and losing in the divisional round of the playoffs to the New...

Revenge of the Birds

Pep Talk for the Rams

OK, men, bring it in and take a knee. I want you to listen to me—-and listen to me very carefully. Certain games can define a team and define a season. THIS is OUR game. No other game matters. This is the one that matters. THIS is our opportunity to reclaim the top of the NFC West. We win the West and we are home for the playoffs. Home is where we want to be. Step one of making THIS happen begins right here, right now—- Not tomorrow—-not in two weeks—-not a month from now—- THIS starts TODAY Everybody’s already crowning the Rams—- Everybody thinks the we—-the...

Big Cat Country

numberFire favors Jaguars (barely) over Patriots

The Jacksonville Jaguars are about to play their most highly anticipated regular season game in a while as they host the New England Patriots in Week 2. Our friends at numberFire run projections on projections on projections and they currently have the Jaguars as the sixth best team in the NFL with a 72.2% chance to make the playoffs. They also have the Jaguars favored (favored!) to beat the Patriots with a 50.5% chance of victory. Here are the predictions from Week 2: Fantasy Football Projections by numberFire What do you think? Is 50.5% a fair percentage, or should the Jaguars be...

Arrowhead Pride

How the Chiefs’ defense beats the Steelers’ offense

Where should the Chiefs be looking to try to stop the Steelers offense this week? It’s officially Week 2 of the NFL season, and that means it’s time to move on from the Kansas City Chiefs win over the Los Angeles Chargers and onto the next Chiefs opponent: the dreaded Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have had the Chiefs’ number on the past several matchups, with the Sunday night blowout of 2016, the “no-TD” game in the Wild Card round of that year’s playoffs and the “Phillip Gaines doink” game from last year’s regular season. For whatever reason, the Chiefs haven’t...

Big Blue View

Giants vs. Cowboys: 8 things to watch Sunday night

Let’s take another look at what you might see in this huge rivalry game We have already detailed the difficulty of making the playoffs after on 0-2 start. We have looked at what might happen Sunday when the New York Giants have the ball, and conversely when the Dallas Cowboys have it. We have heard from Giants coach Pat Shurmur and safety Landon Collins on what the Giants need to do to increase their chance of winning. We have heard from Dave Halprin of Blogging The Boys. Let’s wrap it all up nice and neat with a look at things to watch Sunday night when the Giants (0-1) travel to...

Cincy Jungle

Bengals leap out in front, keep Ravens from coming back in 34-23 win on Thursday Night Football

A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and Andy Dalton picked the Ravens’ defense apart in the first half, while rookie pass rusher Sam Hubbard put the pressure on Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense. The Baltimore Ravens, still bitter about getting knocked out of the playoffs by last minute heroics last December, visited Paul Brown Stadium in search of revenge on Thursday Night Football. Fresh off of a thumping of the Bills, the Ravens looked to do the same to the Bengals. They didn’t. The Ravens kept it interesting, but the Bengals kept Baltimore at arm’s length to win the game 34-23. That...

Gang Green Nation

TNF: Ravens vs Bengals Game Thread

Thursday Night Football, Week 2. Tonight the Baltimore Ravens visit the Cincinnati Bengals seeking revenge for the Bengals knocking the Ravens out of the 2017 playoffs. In addition to a rematch of the last game of 2017, this one features an early season battle for sole possession of first place in the AFC North. In the final game of the 2017 season the Baltimore Ravens needed a win to make the playoffs. All that stood in their way was a bad 6-9 Bengals team that the Ravens had shut out 20-0 in the season opener. Leading by three points in the final minute of play the Ravens appeared headed...

2017 Playoffs Mini-Movie: From Mariota's Comeback to the Eagles Super Bowl Victory | NFL Highlights

Relive the 2017 NFL Postseason from Marcus Mariota and the Titans epic comeback in KC, to the Philadelphia Eagles capturing their first Super Bowl title in franchise history! Watch full games with NFL Game Pass: https://www.nfl.com/gamepass?campaign=sp-n

The Worst NFL Playoff Game: 2015 - Episode 11

The NFL saves the best football for the playoffs as the 12 best teams make it battling for the Lombardi Trophy. 2015 was an exception though, when the 7-8-1 Panthers faced off against the Ryan Lindley led Cardinals and...it wasn’t great.

Quarterbacks will be key for Vikings, Eagles

The Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles have had their share of quarterback issues this season, but Case Keenum and Nick Foles could be the difference maker in the playoffs.