Two down, but still 14 to go. Or for you math lovers out there, 88 percent of the season has yet to be played.
The Washington Redskin have gotten off to a pretty difficult start to the season and no matter how you contort the numbers, the reality is the team is 0-for where it counts the most—the win column. And at times, mainly the first half, have significantly underperformed.
Since the National Football League extend the number of playoff participants to a 12-man, Wild Card field in 1990, only 11.6 percent of teams that have gotten off to an 0-2 start have ended up righting the ship in the direction of postseason football. And since 2009, no (zero, cero, nada—however you want to say it) 0-2 teams have found their way to January football.
What does this mean? Well for starters, it means it isn’t impossible to see the Redskins turn it around. It’s happened before and it’ll be done again. But is also means nothing to the 2013 version of the burgundy and gold. No matter what happened in the past as the players have mentioned on numerous occasion, such as the seven-game winning streak, is history. While miraculous and still living on YouTube and the record books, it was the 2012 season. This is 2013.
Having said that, how have past 0-2 teams swung the turnaround to the playoffs?
I was going to spend my morning going through an NFL encyclopedia trying to jot down those who have, but thankfully the Long Island Newsday saved me with this awesome graphic:
As you can see in bold, three teams have actually etched their names into the Lombardi Trophy after 0-2 starts. I know you never want to be associated with the Giants or Cowboys, but a fourth Super Bowl trophy would be amazing.
The key to a run of course will start with better execution, as Robert Griffin III mentioned in his press conference after the Packers game. While the epicenter of the Redskins’ problems may be unknown, it starts with cutting down on mental miscues, limiting the number of turnovers and subduing opponents abilities to move the chains through the air.
The first 12 percent of the season is done. How will the rest go?
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