Our weekly look at all the games courtesy of ColdHardFootballFacts.com
Jay Cutler struggles against Packers, Capers’ D
Last week, we pointed out the significance of losing your first game of the season and what it meant in terms of a championship. And many were surprised to realize that five of the last 11 Super Bowl champions were losers in Week 1.
This week, 16 clubs have a chance of opening 2-0, which virtually guarantees that we’ll see one of those unbeaten in New Orleans in February. In the 46-year history of the Super Bowl, either one or both teams have opened 2-0 or better, the lone exception being 1987 when the 1-1 Redskins and 1-0-1 Broncos squared off in Super Bowl XXII (a season interrupted by a strike and a three-week stint by replacement players).
On the other side of the ledger, it’s interesting to note that three teams in 2008 (Miami, Minnesota and San Diego) all reached the playoffs after a 0-2 start. The bad news is that over the past three seasons (2009-11), we have seen 24 instances where a club opened 0-2 or worse and none reached the postseason.
Food for thought as you chomp on your chicken wings. Onward…