By Ryan Mayer, CBS Local Sports
Two weeks of the NFL season are in the books and the despair has begun for many fan bases as their teams still search for that first W of the year. Fans in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, and Houston wake up today wondering whether or not their squad can turn it around. As always, pundits will tell you not to panic because it’s too early in the season for that. Well, history says quite the opposite.
Since the NFL playoffs expanded to their current 12 team format back in 1990 there have been 204 teams to start the year with two losses. Of those 204, only 23 teams have made the playoffs. That’s an 11.2% chance. According to For The Win, the odds of making the playoffs since starting 0-2 have been even worse since 2009. 45 teams over the last 5 years have gone through 2 weeks without a win and only 2 of those (Panthers 2013, Colts 2014) have made it to the post season. After doing the math, that comes out to 4% of teams making the playoffs that got into the 0-2 hole.
So what does that mean for your team? Well, quite frankly, it means your team just might not be as good as you expected. Or it could mean that your team has some injuries to key players. Either way, an 0-2 start is extremely difficult to come back from and the odds and history say that none of these teams will make the postseason.
However, it’s Monday morning and you’re looking for a good way to start your week. Forget history, your team is different! They’ll overcome the odds and make a postseason push and you’ll be able to look back and laugh at this post once they do. Or, you can start reading up on your favorite hockey/basketball team in preparation for their season. If you’re a Seahawks fan, apparently your response is to blame your QB’s celebrity girlfriend. That seems like a measured, controlled, totally reasonable way to go about things.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him. Agree/Disagree? Thoughts, comments, complaints? Email or tweet him.