99 Stats Until Kickoff: Can an NFL season be saved after an 0-2 start?

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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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