We’re now entering Week 3 of the NFL season and the New York Jets aren’t yet showing any signs of improvement. They belong to an elite group of teams that have started the new year 0-2, a flashback to how they played last year. If they don’t find some relief soon, they’re going to, once again, be the brunt of jokes for the league. However, they’re not alone, and there are several teams that are now scrambling to bounce back from a horrible start to the new season.
Jets on the Ropes Again
The Jets got off to a horrible start last year, racking up 14 straight losses before finding solid ground. That led to the departure of head coach Adam Gase, a move the upper office swore would never happen. Although the team ultimately picked up a couple of wins at the end of the season, it was too little, too late. This year, they’re not starting any better and have a lot of work to do.
The Jets have climbed out of a hole before. They have started 62 seasons at 0-2, 12 of which occurred in the 32 years and four of which were found in the last five seasons. They still managed to make it to the playoffs twice since 1989, but this doesn’t look like it will be one of those years. With a strong AFC pool of teams, the Jets are likely to continue to suffer defeats.
Vikings Have a Shot
The Minnesota Vikings are also 0-2, but are in a better position to improve. Both of their losses came from mistakes that shouldn’t have happened and, while a loss is a loss, the Vikings have shown that they have some talent. They need to fine-tune their offense and not allow any stupid mistakes if they want to get better, but the possibility is there.
If there’s a bright side right now, it’s that the Vikings have made it to the postseason every odd year since 2014, despite a couple of slow starts. Behind quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, if Minnesota can focus, they will be contenders once again this year.
Giants Looking For Inspiration
The New York Giants just took a loss against the Washington Football Team (WFT) but, realistically, should have won the game. It came down to, as usual, stupid penalties that gave WFT a fighting chance. Washington was happy to exploit the mistakes and took the game by a point, and the Giants are definitely spending more time this week on how to avoid being flagged.
The Giants have an outside shot at being seen in the postseason. They’re used to starting 0-2 and have done so every year since 2013, except for the 2016 season. That year was, coincidentally, the only year in the same period that they went to the playoffs. However, they took Super Bowl 42 after starting 0-2, so there’s a chance.
Falcons Not Looking Hot
After the Atlanta Falcons made a couple of coaching changes last year, the team started to show signs of improvement. However, they’re once again off to a slow start, this time worse than last season. They have been outscored by 49 points in the first two games, putting them in dead last in terms of points against. It would take a lot to believe the Falcons could make it to the postseason this year.
Across the team’s history, Atlanta has gone 0-2 16 times. Only two of those resulted in a playoff trip and things don’t look like they’re going to break this year. The Falcons are going to improve over the next several weeks and will show better performances, but it won’t be enough to capture the wins.
The Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts also find themselves in this same exclusive club of 0-2 teams. However, none has strong possibilities of making it to the playoffs. The Jags will likely start to see more wins, but will also produce some clumsy losses.