NFL Trends For Online Bookies: Does A 0-2 Start Mean No Playoffs?

Thursday, 21 September 2017 / Published in Football

It helps pay per head agents manage their businesses during the NFL season when those per head agents understand exactly what NFL trends affect them.

One massive trend that could affect most bookies must do with teams that start off at 0-2. Does a 0-2 NFL record mean no playoffs?

Teams That Made the NFL Playoffs After 0-2 Starts

Check out teams that made the playoffs after 0 and 2 starts. I only went back 3 years.

2016 – Miami Dolphins

2015 – Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks

2014 – Indianapolis Colts


Of the above teams, the Indianapolis Colts had the most success in the playoffs. The Colts lost to the New England Patriots in the infamous Deflate-Gate game.

Deflate-Gate wasn’t just any regular game. It was the AFC Conference Championship.

Miami lost 12 to 30 to Pittsburgh in a Wildcard Game. The Dolphins worked hard to get into the playoffs after their 0 and 2 start last season.

The Dolphins won 7 of their final 9 games of the season to stamp their ticket to the post-season.

Houston won 6 of their last 8 regular season games to stamp their ticket in 2015. The Texans were at 1 and 4 in their first 5 games that season. Seattle also went 6 and 8 in their final 8 games to make it to the playoffs in 2015.  

Now that pay per head agents know it can be done. Are there any teams that are currently 0 and 2 this season that can make the post-season?

Which 0-2 NFL Teams in 2017 Can Make the Playoffs?

First, I want to write down the teams that have absolutely no shot of coming back from 0 and 2 to make the NFL Playoffs.

Those teams are:

  • New York Jets
  • Cleveland Browns,
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • L.A. Chargers
  • Chicago Bears
  • San Francisco 49’ers.

Second, I want to list the 3 teams that could possibly make the playoffs this season although they are currently 0 and 2. I also write why these are the only teams that can make the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints

The 0 and 2 Saints have employed a new defense this season. It could be up to a month for the new defense to gel. If it does, New Orleans might get onto a winning streak.

One advantage the Saints have that few teams in the NFL have is that their quarterback, Drew Brees, is one of the best to ever play. It also helps that New Orleans plays in the weak NFC.

Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati is a QB change away from becoming one of the better teams in the AFC. The defense isn’t bad at all while RB Joe Mixon is a nice complement to excellent WR A.J. Green.

Andy Dalton has been one of the worst quarterbacks I’ve ever seen in Cincy’s first 2 games. Switching to A.J. McCarron makes sense. Not only that, but the AFC North isn’t too deep after Pittsburgh.

New York Giants

Sure, the Giants are 0-2. However, the G-Men are only a game behind Dallas, Philly, and Washington in the division. The Giants must accomplish two things.

First, NYG must find a rushing attack. Without it, Eli has no shot. Second, the Giants’ defense must step it up. If both things happen, NYG can win the NFC East and make the playoffs this season.

What Online Bookies Should Do

Online bookie agents should do one thing. Make sure that betting limits are in place on New Orleans, Cincinnati, and the New York Giants to make the playoffs. No other 0 and 2 team should have a shot at the post-season.

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