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NFL: A Tally of 2-0 / 0-2 Season Starts

Posted by Andrew McKillop on September 21, 2011

Post Highlights

  • The Chicago Bears have had the most 2-0 starts to their season’s (33) in NFL history.  However the Dallas Cowboys have had the highest percentage (46.2%) of their seasons start with 2-0 records.
  • The Arizona Cardinals have had the most 0-2 starts to their season’s (25) in NFL history.  However the Seattle Seahawks have had the highest percentage (44.4%) of their seasons start with 0-2 records.
  • A little over 62% of all Super Bowl champions started their championship season’s with 2-0 records.

 

This year in the NFL there are seven teams that are starting their season’s with 2-0 records, while there are also seven teams that are starting their season’s with 0-2 records.  I thought it would be interesting to breakdown the number of times each NFL franchise has gotten off to a 2-0 start, as well as a 0-2 start.

Tally of 2-0 Starts by Team

Legend: 2-0 (# of 2-0 starts), % Yrs (% of seasons the team has started 2-0), % Yrs PS (% of seasons the team translated a 2-0 start to a postseason appearance; only includes applicable years from 1933-),  Since 2000 (# of 2-0 starts since 2000), Since 1970 (# of 2-0 starts since 1970), Last (last 2-0 start)

AFC East
Team 2-0 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Bills 15 28.8% 64.3% 4 13 2011
Dolphins 18 39.1% 77.8% 3 18 2010
Jets 10 19.2% 33.3% 4 8 2011
Patriots 11 21.2% 50.0% 6 10 2011
AFC North
Team 2-0 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Bengals 11 25.0% 45.5% 3 10 2006
Browns 17 25.8% 64.7% 0 6 1993
Ravens 4 25.0% 100.0% 4 4 2009
Steelers 17 21.5% 58.8% 4 13 2010
AFC South
Team 2-0 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Colts 16 27.1% 62.5% 6 9 2009
Jaguars 6 35.3% 50.0% 3 6 2006
Texans 3 30.0% 0.0% 3 3 2011
Titans 11 21.2% 45.5% 1 8 2008
AFC West
Team 2-0 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Broncos 20 38.5% 45.0% 6 17 2009
Chargers 16 30.8% 50.0% 3 10 2006
Chiefs 14 26.9% 57.1% 3 10 2010
Raiders 16 30.8% 81.3% 2 12 2002
NFC East
Team 2-0 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Cowboys 24 46.2% 83.3% 2 18 2008
Eagles 13 16.5% 53.8% 1 6 2004
Giants 19 21.8% 68.8% 4 9 2009
Redskins 16 20.0% 66.7% 4 12 2011
NFC North
Team 2-0 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Bears 33 35.9% 62.1% 3 16 2010
Lions 27 32.9% 25.0% 4 11 2011
Packers 25 27.5% 63.2% 5 9 2011
Vikings 14 27.5% 78.6% 4 13 2009
NFC South
Team 2-0 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Buccaneers 7 19.4% 57.1% 3 7 2010
Falcons 7 15.2% 28.6% 3 7 2009
Panthers 4 23.5% 75.0% 3 4 2008
Saints 7 15.6% 57.1% 4 7 2010
NFC West
Team 2-0 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
49ers 20 30.3% 45.0% 2 12 2009
Cardinals 16 17.4% 25.0% 1 7 2008
Rams 22 29.3% 72.7% 2 13 2001
Seahawks 9 25.0% 55.6% 3 9 2006

 

The Chicago Bears have had the most 2-0 starts to their season’s (33) in NFL history.  However the Dallas Cowboys have had the highest percentage (46.2%) of their seasons start with 2-0 records.  Check out the list below.

Highest / Lowest % of Seasons Starting 2-0

Best % Worst %
Rk Team % Yrs 2-0 Rk Team % Yrs 2-0
1 Cowboys 46.2% 24 32 Falcons 15.2% 7
2 Dolphins 39.1% 18 31 Saints 15.6% 7
3 Broncos 38.5% 20 30 Eagles 16.5% 13
4 Bears 35.9% 33 29 Cardinals 17.4% 16
5 Jaguars 35.3% 6 28 Jets 19.2% 10
6 Lions 32.9% 27 27 Buccaneers 19.4% 7
7t Chargers 30.8% 16 26 Redskins 20.0% 16
7t Raiders 30.8% 16 24t Patriots 21.2% 11
9 49ers 30.3% 20 24t Titans 21.2% 11
10 Texans 30.0% 3 23 Steelers 21.5% 17


From 1965 to 1973, the Dallas Cowboys started nine consecutive seasons with 2-0 records.  It’s the most consecutive 2-0 starts in NFL history.

Most Consecutive 2-0 Starts

Rk Team 2-0 Consecutive From-To
1 Cowboys 9 seasons in a row 1965-1973
2 Bears 8 seasons in a row 1984-1991
3 Dolphins 6 seasons in a row 1994-1999
4t Rams 5 seasons in a row 1966-1970
4t Cowboys 5 seasons in a row 1975-1979


For the last two seasons the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans have started their season’s with 2-0 records; currently the longest active 2-0 season start streaks in the NFL.


The longest any NFL team has gone without starting a season 2-0, was 18 seasons.

2-0 Droughts

Rk Team 2-0 Drought From-To
1t Steelers 18 seasons between 1955-1972
1t Eagles 18 seasons between 1962-1979
1t Colts 18 seasons between 1978-1995
4t Steelers ¹ 16 seasons between 1938-1953
4t Cardinals 16 seasons between 1992-2007

¹ The 1943 PHI/PIT merged squad the “Steagles”, started the season 2-0.


Since 1993, the Cleveland Browns haven’t started a season 2-0.  It’s currently the longest 2-0 season start drought in the NFL (15 seasons between 2-0 starts).


Additional Facts

Both the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions are off to 2-0 starts this season.  However both teams have failed to turn their last three 2-0 starts into postseason appearances.

There are three teams in the AFC East that are starting their season’s off with 2-0 records.  It’s only the third time since 2002, that three teams from one division started the season with 2-0 records; 2002 AFC North, 2007 AFC East were the other occurrences.

A little over 62% of all Super Bowl champions started their championship season’s with 2-0 records.

A little under 89% (16/18) of all defending Super Bowl champions that start their season 2-0, have ended up in the playoffs.  Four of those teams won another Super Bowl.




Tally of 0-2 Starts by Team

Legend: 0-2 (# of 0-2 starts), % Yrs (% of seasons the team has started 0-2), % Yrs PS (% of seasons the team translated a 0-2 start to a postseason appearance; only includes applicable years from 1933-),  Since 2000 (# of 0-2 starts since 2000), Since 1970 (# of 0-2 starts since 1970), Last (last 0-2 start)

AFC East
Team 0-2 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Bills 19 36.5% 15.8% 4 13 2010
Dolphins 10 21.7% 11.1% 6 7 2011
Jets 15 28.8% 13.3% 2 14 2007
Patriots 13 25.0% 23.1% 2 10 2001
AFC North
Team 0-2 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Bengals 15 34.1% 0.0% 4 15 2008
Browns 12 18.2% 16.7% 5 11 2010
Ravens 3 18.8% 0.0% 2 3 2005
Steelers 19 24.1% 16.7% 2 7 2002
AFC South
Team 0-2 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Colts 17 28.8% 6.3% 1 16 2011
Jaguars 4 23.5% 0.0% 3 4 2009
Texans 4 40.0% 0.0% 4 4 2008
Titans 10 19.2% 10.0% 3 10 2009
AFC West
Team 0-2 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Broncos 7 13.5% 0.0% 0 2 1999
Chargers 11 21.2% 18.2% 4 10 2008
Chiefs 13 25.0% 8.3% 8 13 2011
Raiders 12 23.1% 0.0% 3 8 2007
NFC East
Team 0-2 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Cowboys 7 13.5% 14.3% 3 5 2010
Eagles 20 25.3% 15.0% 2 12 2007
Giants 18 20.7% 12.5% 1 11 2007
Redskins 14 17.5% 7.1% 2 7 2006
NFC North
Team 0-2 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Bears 18 19.6% 0.0% 2 8 2003
Lions 21 25.6% 4.8% 6 12 2010
Packers 17 18.7% 0.0% 3 9 2006
Vikings 10 19.6% 11.1% 5 7 2011
NFC South
Team 0-2 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
Buccaneers 15 41.7% 6.7% 3 15 2009
Falcons 15 32.6% 13.3% 2 12 2007
Panthers 7 41.2% 0.0% 4 7 2011
Saints 18 40.0% 5.6% 1 16 2007
NFC West
Team 0-2 % Yrs % Yrs PS Since 2000 Since 1970 Last
49ers 13 19.7% 0.0% 3 8 2010
Cardinals 25 27.2% 4.3% 4 15 2005
Rams 19 25.3% 11.1% 6 11 2011
Seahawks 16 44.4% 0.0% 4 16 2011

 

The Arizona Cardinals have had the most 0-2 season starts to their season’s (25) in NFL history.  However the Seattle Seahawks have had the highest percentage (44.4%) of their seasons start with 0-2 records.  Check out the list below.

Highest / Lowest % of Seasons Starting 0-2

Highest % Lowest %
Rk Team % Yrs 0-2 Rk Team % Yrs 0-2
1 Seahawks 44.4% 16 31t Broncos 13.5% 7
2 Buccaneers 41.7% 15 31t Cowboys 13.5% 7
3 Panthers 41.2% 7 30 Redskins 17.5% 14
4t Saints 40.0% 18 29 Browns 18.2% 12
4t Texans 40.0% 4 28 Packers 18.7% 17
6 Bills 36.5% 19 27 Ravens 18.8% 3
7 Bengals 34.1% 15 26 Titans 19.2% 10
8 Falcons 32.6% 15 25 Bears 19.57% 18
9 Jets 28.85% 15 24 Vikings 19.61% 10
10 Colts 28.81% 17 23 49ers 19.7% 13


From 1985 to 1991, the Indianapolis Colts started seven consecutive seasons with 0-2 records.  It’s the most consecutive 0-2  starts in NFL history.

Most Consecutive 0-2 Starts

Rk  Team  0-2 Consecutive From-To
1 Colts 7 seasons in a row 1985-1991
2 Saints 6 seasons in a row 1972-1977
3t Bears 5 seasons in a row 1965-1969
3t Buccaneers 5 seasons in a row 1982-1986
3t Chargers 5 seasons in a row 1988-1992
3t Rams 5 seasons in a row 1959-1963
3t Rams 5 seasons in a row 2007-2011

 

For the fifth season in a row the St. Louis Rams have started their season 0-2.  It’s currently the longest active 0-2 season start streak in the NFL.

 

The longest any NFL team has gone without starting a season 0-2, was 25 seasons.

0-2 Droughts

Rk Team 0-2 Drought From-To
1t Cowboys 25 seasons between 1964-1988
1t Broncos 25 seasons between 1969-1993
3 Raiders 21 seasons between 1965-1985
4t Packers 18 seasons between 1957-1974
4t Dolphins 18 seasons between 1970-1987


Since 1999, the Denver Broncos haven’t started a season 0-2.  It’s currently the longest 0-2 season start drought in the NFL (12 seasons between 0-2 starts).


Additional Facts

The last time a team started the season 0-2 and made the playoffs was 2008.  Listed below are all the teams that made the playoffs (since 1990) despite a 0-2 start to their season’s.

Year Team Year Team
1990 Eagles 2001 Patriots
1990 Oilers 2002 Falcons
1990 Saints 2002 Steelers
1991 Falcons 2003 Eagles
1992 Chargers 2006 Chiefs
1993 Cowboys 2007 Giants
1993 Steelers 2008 Chargers
1994 Patriots 2008 Dolphins
1995 Lions 2008 Vikings
1996 Patriots
1998 Bills
1998 Cardinals
1998 Jets


Only three teams have started a season 0-2, and have recovered to win the Super Bowl that year.  The 1993 Dallas Cowboys, 2001 New England Patriots, and the 2007 New York Giants. 


The Dallas Cowboys have started 24 seasons 2-0 and 7 seasons 0-2 (17+ difference from 2-0 starts to 0-2 starts).  The highest difference in the NFL.

2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts

Rk Team  2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
1 Cowboys +17 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
2 Bears +15 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
3 Broncos +13 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
4t Dolphins +8 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
4t Packers +8 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
6 49ers +7 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
7 Lions +6 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
8t Browns +5 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
8t Chargers +5 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
10t Raiders +4 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
10t Vikings +4 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
12 Rams +3 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
13t Jaguars +2 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
13t Redskins +2 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
15t Chiefs +1 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
15t Giants +1 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
15t Ravens +1 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
15t Titans +1 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
Rk Team  2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
19t Colts -1 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
19t Texans -1 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
21t Patriots -2 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
21t Steelers -2 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
23 Panthers -3 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
24t Bengals -4 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
24t Bills -4 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
26 Jets -5 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
27t Eagles -7 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
27t Seahawks -7 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
29t Buccaneers -8 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
29t Falcons -8 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
31 Cardinals -9 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts
32 Saints -11 2-0 Starts to 0-2 Starts


Reference: Pro-Football-Reference.com, ShrpSports NFL Standings


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