There was plenty of doubt, for months, about whether or not the NFL season would actually take place. Well, here we are. Week One is in the books and we are gearing up for another exciting slate of NFL games this weekend.
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With the absence of the preseason, we got our glimpse of several players such as Tom Brady, Cam Newton, and Philip Rivers for the first time in their new uniforms. Newton won in his debut with the New England Patriots over the Dolphins. Rivers lost in his debut with the Colts and Brady and the Bucs fell short against the Saints in New Orleans.
The Patriots are underdogs this week as they head to Seattle, however, both the Colts and the Bucs are favored in their Week 2 matchups according to the SportsBettingDime.com’s page for NFL lines as they look to avoid a dreaded, 0-2 start to the season.
Don’t Start 0-2
Does starting 0-2 eliminate you from the playoffs? No. It is a long season. And, with an additional team added to each conference, there will be more opportunities for teams to overcome a slow start. However, starting 0-2 can put you behind significantly behind the pact, especially in the NFC. Over the past two postseasons, only the Seattle Seahawks (2018) and Houston Texans (2018) made the tournament after starting the season 0-2. Since 2007, only 12 teams have accomplished that feat. Brady and the Buccaneers will look to avoid that 0-2 hole with their first home game of the season against the Panthers.
Since 1990, Teams that are 1-1 have a 49% chance of making the playoffs.
0-2 is 12%. Is this a must win game for #dallascowboys and #RiseupATL ? Also, those stats are on the old playoff format, extra wild card team this season pic.twitter.com/Jg5U9FE7vB
— Rucker (@Rucker2020) September 18, 2020
More Mahomes History
In this new era of wide-open offense, the passing numbers continue to be re-written on a week-to-week basis and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is often the culprit. Sitting at 9,623 career passing yards, the reigning Super Bowl MVP needs just 377 yards over his next three games to pass Kurt Warner as the fastest quarterback to reach the 10,000-yard mark. Warner holds the record at 36 games with Mahomes having 32 under his belt to this point.
Seattle/New England Re-New Aquantainces
This will be the second time the Patriots and Seahawks have met since New England’s thrilling Super Bowl XLIX victory over Seattle in February of 2015. The Seahawks got the better of the Patriots in the rematch during the 2016 regular season in New England. This time, the two meet in Seattle for the first time since 2012. Seattle won that one too, however, it was most remembered for the “You mad, bro?” postgame quote from Richard Sherman to Tom Brady. Some would say, it was the birth of the dominant Seahawks run over the next few seasons.
A lot has changed for both teams since that time. Gone are Richard Sherman and Tom Brady. Only a handful of participants from that Super Bowl XLIX game remain from both teams. With that said, Pete Carrol and Bill Belichick are still in charge and they both sit 1-0 and look like two of the best teams in the NFL. So, maybe things haven’t changed THAT much. We will find out on Sunday.