NFL: What you need to know from Week 2

In 2020, nine teams that started 2-0 made the postseason under the 14-team format

Starting the season well is good statistically. Since 1990. 62.7% of the teams (160 of 255) that started a 2-0 campaign advanced to the postseason.

We will see at the end of this Week 2 which teams are placed in this advantageous position.

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  • They have met 44 times in the regular season (Colts lead 23-19-2).

  • Rams: 7-0 in Weeks 1 & 2 since 2018. Tied with Chiefs for best record in the NFL since then.

  • Matthew Stafford (L to R): Looking to start a 2-0 season for 1st. time since 2017 (finished 9-7 on that occasion).

  • Colts: 1-6 in their last 7 games played against opponents from the NFC West.

  • Carson Wentz (IND): 5 losses in a row as a starting QB. It is the 2nd. worst active streak behind Matt Ryan at 6.


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  • They have met 110 times in the regular season (Dolphins lead 60-49-1).

  • Bills: 7 wins in 8 games against Dolphins under Sean McDermott (Since 2017).

  • Stefon Diggs (BUF): 14 games in a row with 9+ receptions. It is the 3rd. player in history with such a streak (Antonio Brown & Marvin Harrison.

  • Dolphins: The last time they started a season beating divisional rivals in the first 2 weeks was in 2009.

  • Tua Tagovailoa (MIA): 7-3 in his NFL career (0-1 vs. Bills).


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  • They have met 23 times in the regular season (Raiders lead 13-10).

  • Raiders: Looking to start 2-0 in straight seasons for the first time since 1982-84.

  • Derek Carr (LV): 3 straight games with 300+ passing yards, tied for 2nd. longest streak in team history.

  • Steelers: 7 straight games with less than 100 rushing yards. It’s the longest active streak in the NFL.

  • Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): Needs 3 TD passes to become 8th. QB in NFL history with 400.

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  • They have met 33 times in the regular season (49ers lead 18-14-1).

  • 49ers: If they win it would be the 5th. occasion in their history that they start with two victories in a row visiting a season.

  • Jimmy Garoppolo (SF): Looking to throw for 300+ yards in straight games for the second time in his career.

  • Eagles: 7-2 in their last 9 games against 49ers (2 consecutive victories).

  • Jalen Hurts (PHI): Looking to throw multiple TD passes in games followed by 1st. time in his career (He threw 3 TDs in Week 1).


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  • They have met 11 times in the regular season (Bengals lead 6-5).

  • Bengals: 3-20-1 (.146) on the road since 2018. That mark is the worst in the NFL since then.

  • Joe Burrow (CIN): 0-5-1 with 45 Total QBR in 6 starts in his road career.

  • Bears: 67-30-4 in their history in their first home game of a season.

  • Andy Dalton (CHI): Bengals’ all-time leader in passes thrown (2,757) and TD passes (204).


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  • They have met 121 times in the regular season (Patriots lead 67-53-1).

  • Patriots: Last time they started a 0-2 campaign was in 2001 (They started 0-1 this season).

  • James White (NE): 25 TD via reception in his career. He’s one short of equaling Larry Garron’s record for a Patriots RB.

  • Jets: 10 losses in a row against Patriots. His last victory was in Week 6 of the 2015 season by 26-20.

  • Zach Wilson (NYJ): It could be 2nd. Rookie QB to beat the Patriots since 2014. Tua Tagovailoa beat them in 2020. In total, only 9 rookie QBs have been able to beat the Patriots under Bill Belichick (since 2000).

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  • They have met 52 times in the regular season (Saints lead 27-25).

  • Saints: They haven’t started a campaign 2-0 since 2013 (They won their first game in 2021).

  • Jameis Winston (NO): 4-5 in his career vs. Panthers. 3 of those 4 wins were on the road.

  • Panthers: 1-9 in their last 10 games against divisional rivals (4 consecutive losses).

  • Sam Darnold (CAR): 1st. start of his career against an NFC South rival. Score 5-5 vs. NFC teams.


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  • They have met 11 times in the regular season (Texans lead 7-4).

  • Texans: They haven’t started a season 2-0 since 2016. Last season they only won games in a row once.

  • Tyrod Taylor (HOU): Won his only career start game against the Browns in 2016. Taylor was QB for the Browns in 2018 when Baker Mayfield was a rookie.

  • Browns: They didn’t lose games in a row last season. They fell in Week 1 of this campaign.

  • Baker Mayfield (CLE): Could become 1st. QB in team history with 300+ passing yards in the first 2 games of a season. He pitched for 321 in Week 1 against Chiefs.


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  • They have met 11 times in the regular season (Jaguars lead 6-5).

  • Broncos: 18-19 vs. AFC South rivals since 2002. It’s 2nd. their worst record against a particular Division behind 9-11 (.450) against the NFC North.

  • Teddy Bridgewater (DEN): His QBR (95.7) was the highest by any starting QB in Week 1.

  • Jaguars: 16 losses in a row since last season. It’s the worst streak in team history.

  • Trevor Lawrence (JAX): He comes off losing his 1st. regular season game at whatever level you’ve played.


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  • They have met 55 times in the regular season (Falcons lead 28-27).

  • Falcons: 6 carries of 10+ yards gain in Week 1. No other team recorded more than them.

  • Matt Ryan (ATL): 16-10 in his career vs. Buccaneers. Only against Panthers does he register more victories (17).

  • Buccaneers: 9 wins in a row since Week 14 of 2020. They are looking for their 1st. 10-game winning streak in team history.

  • Tom Brady (TB): 8-0 in his career vs. Falcons (Including Super Bowl LI). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he could become 6th. QB 9-0 or better against opponent including postseason since 1950.

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  • They have met 26 times in the regular season (Vikings lead 15-11).

  • The home team has won each of the last 7 matches since 2009.

  • Vikings: Allowed at least 25 pts. in their last 4 road games. They are one game away from matching the worst streak in their history (2004, 2009, 2013).

  • Kirk Cousins ​​(MIN): Your pct. from completes (67.1%) Since 2015, it is the highest for any active QB with at least 1,500 passes thrown.

  • Cardinals: Looking to start 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2014 & 2015.

  • Chandler Jones & JJ Watt (ARI): Combine for 203.0 career QB sacks. Chandler (102.0) & Watt (101.0).


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  • They have met 16 times in the regular season (Seahawks lead 10-6).

  • Titans: They allowed 35+ pts. in his last 3 regular season games. It is the 2nd. worst active streak in the NFL (Lions, 4).

  • Ryan Tannehill (TEN): Turned the ball 3 times to Cardinals. It was his 1st. game with 3 turnovers since Week 17 of 2018 vs. Bills.

  • Seahawks; They are looking to start with a 2-0 mark for 3rd. consecutive season.

  • Pete Carroll & Russell Wilson (SEA): 108 victories together including postseason. They are tied with Marv Levy-Jim Kelly for 6th. more for an HC-QB pair in the Super Bowl era.


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  • They have met 11 times in the regular season (Cowboys lead 6-5).

  • Cowboys: The last time they started a season 0-2 was in 2010 (they finished 6-10 that time).

  • Dak Prescott (DAL): Could become 1st. All-time quarterback with 400+ passing yards in 3 straight road games.

  • Chargers: 1st. time they can host fans at SoFi Stadium in the regular season.

  • Chargers: 3 consecutive victories against Cowboys, but have lost 3 in a row against teams of Mike McCarthy.

  • Justin Herbert (LAC): If he throws 300+ yards, he will equal Patrick Mahomes & Dan Marino as the only ones in history with 10 games of 300 or more passing yards in his first 2 NFL seasons.


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  • They have met 10 times in the regular season (Chiefs lead 7-3).

  • Chiefs: If they win, it would be 5th. consecutive season in which they start 2-0.

  • Patrick Mahomes (KC): 11-0 career in September with 35 TD passes and no INTs.

  • Patrick Mahomes (KC): 8 consecutive primetime wins. It is the longest active streak for any quarterback.

  • Ravens: They are looking to avoid starting 0-2 for 2nd. once under the command of John Harbaugh (They did it in 2015 and finished 5-11).

  • Lamar Jackson (BAL): Lost all 3 games in which he faced Patrick Mahomes. He threw only 3 TDs in those games.

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