Just because your year didn’t start the way you envisioned doesn’t mean all hope is lost. An NFL season is long — 17 games to be exact. Such an extended schedule usually translates into a roller coaster of emotions from week to week.
But after their slow starts, a handful of teams can’t afford to ride Six Flags’ terrifying speed demons as much as others.
Five squads — the Bengals, Titans, Raiders, Falcons and Panthers — are 0-2 to begin their 2022 campaigns. By historical standards, their years might already be over from a playoff standpoint. Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, only 9.5 percent of teams have made the postseason after starting 0-2. It’s not an impossible task to recover from a listless start, but you sure as heck better not have many more missteps.
Let’s break down the playoff chances for the NFL’s five 0-2 teams and diagram their reasons for hope and despair through the rest of 2022.
All playoff odds via Tipico Sportsbook.
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