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Old 09-26-2007, 04:14 AM   #1
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The following is everything you could have ever wanted to know about teams getting their first win after Week 1 - and what effect it has had, historically - but wouldn't even have thought of asking:

0-1: Five teams starting 0-1 have gone on to win the Super Bowl; however only one opening-day loser at home has ever done so ('02 Buccaneers).

0-2: Two teams starting 0-2 have gone on to win the Super Bowl ('93 Cowboys and '01 Patriots); since playoff field was expanded to current 12-team format in 1990, 18 teams (out of 149) have made the playoffs after starting 0-2, only one of which did so after opening season with two losses both at home ('03 Eagles).

0-3: Five teams starting 0-3 have gone on to make the playoffs; however none of the five even reached the conference championship game, and only one made it as far as the divisional playoffs ('92 Chargers, who started 0-4).

0-4: Only one team starting 0-4 has ever made the playoffs (the aforementioned '92 Chargers).

0-5: No team starting 0-5 has ever either made the playoffs or posted a winning record; four have finished 8-8 ('81 Redskins, '84 Bengals, '01 Redskins and '06 Titans).

0-6: Since regular-season schedule was lengthened to 16 games in 1978, all but two teams starting 0-6 have finished 4-12 or worse (both of the exceptions finished 6-10: The '78 Cardinals, who started 0-8, and the '97 Redskins, who started 0-7).
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:21 AM   #2
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Anthony, the 0-2 Patriots also had Bledsoe QB'n for those 2 games. Once Brady came in things were different.
Was that the same for the 0-2 Cowboys... was there a similar scenario where Aikman came in? I cannot seem to remember?
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If I'm not mistaken, Emmitt Smith was holding out the year Dallas started 0-2.
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