O and Two
After NFL week two there is always a barrage of numbers about teams who have lost the first two games – referred to as “0 and 2” meaning lost two won zero. Since 1990, NFL teams that started 2-0 have made playoffs 63% of time, 1-1 made playoffs 41% of time and the dreaded 0-2 have made playoffs only 12% of time. Only 3 teams that started 0-2 have ever won the Superbowl – one of these is the New York Giants in 2007 – they are currently 0-2 – an omen perhaps ? Strangely they have been the unluckiest team to lose their first two games.
This week a 0-2 match comes up – with both teams at opposite ends of the 0-2 spectrum.
The Seattle Seahawks have their first home game of the season against the hapless Chicago Bears. Seattle were Superbowl finalists last season and winners the season before. Although they have not been that bad in both losses there is still something not quite right. Funnily enough they started last season poorly as well. The ongoing standoff between the team and key defensive back Kam Chancellor is possibly having an effect.
The Chicago Bears are under new head coach John Fox. A veteran in the NFL, Fox is known for his defensive coaching style, and that is historically what the Bears are known for. The last few seasons have been nothing short of disaster, and the common element seems to be Quarterback Jay Cutler. A polarising figure Cutler has not hit his straps since being traded from the Denver Broncos in 2009. Rumours of dressing room issues, and he hardly talking to his team mates is rife. Last week Cutler was injured in their loss to Arizona so will not be suiting up this week. Back up Jimmy Clausen takes the helm. Maybe even less of a confidence builder. Expect the Hawks to maul the Bears in this one in Seattle.
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