It’s never too early to overreact to NFL win totals.
After week two, there are 11 undefeated teams — a record high for the league. But some squads don’t look as good as their wins show. So who’s going to crumble in 2020? You can always count on a few organizations.
At this time last year, there were nine 2-0 teams heading into week three. Of those nine, seven made the playoffs. The Cowboys would go on to squander the season at 8-8, after starting 3-0. The LA Rams also started strong last year, until their NFC championship hangover caught up to them. The Detroit Lions were also technically undefeated after week two in 2019, with a 1-0-1 record including a tie with the Cardinals.
Starting 2-0 has never guaranteed a winning season — we know how that Lions team turned out last year — but teams who win early do tend to play in January.
There are few exceptions, of course. Teams that start 0-2 have a 12 percent chance of reaching the postseason. And in 2007, the Giants started off 0-2 and won a Super Bowl.
So which 2-0 teams are legitimate contenders in the NFL? And whom should we expect to slip?