Get ready to have your favorite team’s playoff chances take a potentially fatal blow. If, that is, your favorite team is 0-1 and ends up winless after Week Two.
We all will be reminded in the coming days, over and over again, that only 12 percent of the teams that start the year 0-2 end up making it to the playoffs. This year, the Bills already have arrived in that posture, and 14 other teams need to worry about ending up there as well.
Here’s the reality: 88 percent of all 0-2 teams don’t qualify for the playoffs because they are 0-2 for a reason. They have stunk so far, and they will continue to stink.
Some teams simply had a rough draw out of the gates. Miami, for example, opens the year at Seattle and New England. If the Dolphins lose to the Patriots after narrowly losing to the Seahawks, it hardly means the Dolphins are done.
Even if a team starts 0-2 because it deserves to be 0-2, teams sometimes get better as the season progresses — and they sometimes get worse. With the talent in the NFL bunched up this year, perhaps more than ever, 0-2 may not be the kiss of death.
History tells us that, for 12 percent, it won’t be. And that’s because 88 percent of all 0-2 teams are just getting warmed up on their way to a season to forget.