Which 0-1 Teams Have The Best Shot To Make The NFL Playoffs?

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Losing in week one of the NFL regular season may not seem like a big deal, after all, we hear the season is a marathon, not a sprint. Yet, history says that losing your first game means your chances of making the playoffs drop to about one in four, meaning that of the 16 teams that lost their first game, only four will make the postseason in any give season. With there being an extra playoff spot in each conference on the line this season, here are my picks of teams that started 0-1 that have the best shot to make the 2020 NFL Playoffs.

Unless you believe Washington will win the NFC East, there will be at least one 0-1 team that will win that division and claim a playoff berth.  Truthfully, I don’t like anyone in this division, and don’t think any one of them would win a playoff game when they make it; but I suppose the Dallas Cowboys are the most talented team in a field a weak competition, and have the best shot to earn the right to lose a home game in the Wild-Card round of the NFC Playoffs.

Are the San Francisco 49ers going to go from blowing a of the Super Bowl to not making the postseason? Well, they are the only NFC West team without a win after Week One, so their road to climb back into the playoff picture may seem steep.  Fear not Niners fans, because with games against the Jets and Giants in New York over the next two weeks, your fortunes will likely change before we even reach October where more wins await you against the Eagles and Dolphins. I also can’t see the Cardinals and Rams staying in the playoff picture all season, but if they do, then San Francisco will be home early in January and watching the playoffs with the rest of us.

Yes, I still have my reserved seat on the Tampa Bay Bucs Bandwagon. They are still the second best team in the NFC South, allowing them to likely be in prime position to break some ties when it comes to a Wild-Card berth.  Although that may not spell playing the Super Bowl on their home field since Tom Brady doesn’t normally do well without a bye week in the postseason.  Nevertheless, they should be able to find an invitation to the NFC Playoff by Christmas.

No, the Chicago Bears are NOT making the postseason this year, the Minnesota Vikings will.  They are a more talented team with a deeper roster that, if healthy, will earn a Wild-Card berth. While not convinced they are going to win the NFC North, the postseason is in the future of the Vikings; but what they do with it remains to be seen.

As for the AFC: It is hard for me to pick any of the seven teams who lost Week One to make the playoffs, in fact, it is more difficult to remove two of the nine teams that won their opening week games to create the seven-team playoff picture. It’s easy to see Baltimore and Pittsburgh from the AFC North joined by the Bills and Patriots from the AFC East; that leaves three spots for five teams to fight over with two of them going to the division winners of the AFC South and West.  If you put Kansas City in the postseason, then you have four teams fighting for one spot once you decide who wins the South.  If you give that spot to Tennessee, then there are three teams, Jacksonville, Las Vegas and Los Angeles vying for the last Wild-Card berth.  From that field, I would give the Raiders the best shot, but does it really matter who has the seventh playoff spot in a conference? It might because if they give a second seeded team a hard-fought opening round game, their chances going further in the postseason drop, making having that lone bye week in each conference that much more important.

The reality is, however, that the AFC might have already shown us where their playoff teams are coming from, with only a few questions left to answer over the last 15 weeks of the regular season. 


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