Deck stacked against 0-2 teams

Since 1990, only 13.75 percent of 0-2 teams have gone on to make the playoffs

Originally Published: September 22, 2009
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

As demonstrated by three franchises in 2008, and most notably by the New York Giants' Super Bowl XLII championship the year before, beginning any season with a 0-2 record doesn't necessarily bury a team's playoff chances.

But officials from 0-2 teams might be wise to add the backhoe operator to their speed dial.

There were three teams -- Miami, Minnesota and San Diego -- that qualified for the 2008 playoffs despite 0-2 starts. The previous year, the Giants' upset of the undefeated ...

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