Which 0-2 Teams Are Most Likely to Make the Playoffs?

Week 2 is now in the books for the National Football League, and nine teams have begun the 2017 season 0-2.


Statistically, the odds are not in those teams’ favor, as only 12 percent of 0-2 teams have made the playoffs since 1990.

A few teams have a better chance than 12 percent to make the playoffs, based on their schedules, division, and the overall talent of the team.

New York Giants

The Giants offense is in shambles, only scoring 13 points in two weeks. New York made the Dallas Cowboys’ defense look like they were in Super Bowl form in Week 1, a team that showed their true colors in Week 2.

The redeeming quality for this team is the health of Odell Beckham Jr., who did not play against Dallas and had limited snaps in their Week 2 bout against the Detroit Lions. Without their star player, the Giants are offensively challenged. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, a big free agent signing this offseason, looks his age on the field, reeling in only two catches for 27 yards in two games. Some of these misfortunes may be the direct cause of Eli Manning’s poor play, who has a quarterback rating of 83. 

The run game has been easy for defenses to eliminate, which makes the passing game much harder. The Giants luck out being in an average division, where no team has truly shown they are the best in the NFC East. The season is still early enough for New York to bounce back, but it seems as if they will have to win the division. 

Indianapolis Colts

The reoccurring theme for 0-2 teams this season is terrible offense, and the Colts have had zero success with quarterback Andrew Luck injured. An aging Frank Gore is nearly not enough to pick up the slack for the passing game, especially with quarterbacks like Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett. 

Whereas Tolzien is a lost cause, Brissett simply is not experienced enough, joining the team late in the preseason via trade with the New England Patriots. Brissett’s overtime interception was a fatal mistake, but this loss is not completely on him. The Colts’ defense just did what they always do; blow leads. Indy was up 13-3 with 11:42 left to play in the game, and could not hold Carson Palmer and a David Johnson-less Cardinals.

Seriously.

The Colts let Carson Palmer run fourth quarter circles around them. The saving grace for this team is their poor AFC South Division and that Luck will return at some point this season. He is a tough S.O.B who will return when he is ready. The fans and team alike just hope his weak offensive line can protect him this season. It’s sad seeing such a great talent get wasted because the front office paid him everything, leaving nothing for the rest of the team. No wonder they have no talent anywhere, other than Luck and TY Hilton. 

New York Jets- All hope is lost

In most seasons, there is a complete lackluster team that has no hope and is already looking forward to 2018. This is the story of the Jets’ 2017 season. This team’s woes start with the quarterback position. Quarterback Josh McCown is 2-22 in the past four seasons, and while he is not the worst in the NFL, the Jets have no supporting cast to help him out. The offense cannot stay on the field, finishing 28th in total yards per game and 30th in passing yards per game. 

On the other side of the ball, the secondary seven are having critical issues of their own, allowing an average of 448 passing yards per game. While Matt Forte is doing as much as he can, the only thing this team has to look forward to is earning the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and selecting a franchise quarterback, especially with a draft class that has plenty of talent.

The Giants, Colts, Jets, Bengals, Chargers, Browns, Saints, Bears, and the 49ers are all 0-2, which one do you think is most likely to make the 2017 playoffs? Select below!

  1. POLL: Which 0-2 team is most likely to make the postseason?

    1. New York Giants
    2. Cincinnati Bengals
    3. Chicago Bears
    4. San Francisco 49ers
    5. New York Jets
    6. New Orleans Saints
    7. LA Chargers
    8. Cleveland Browns
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My name is JJ Santos, and I am a student at Arizona State University. I am a proud journalism student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. I have a passion for sports, music, and film because I love what people create. I want to bring my true analysis to every piece I create, whether my opinion is popular or not. I want to bring real sports to you.

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