Yesterday I heard Gil Brandt on Sirius NFL radio make a statement that lit a candle of hope inside of me. And I needed a little hope after that debacle that I watched Sunday night.
Mr. Brandt, who I have the utmost respect for, and who is affectionately referred to as the “Godfather” on Sirius, said that since 2002 forty-eight teams that started the season with an 0-2 record, or a 1-1 record, still made the playoffs. Gil added that 57% of the teams with a 1-1 record or less, made the playoffs since 2002.
Then the Godfather said to all the NFL fans listening, that if your favorite team stands at 1-1 or 0-2, you still have greater than 50% chance of making the playoffs.
Once I got home, I verified his statement by checking all the records since 2002, and he is right.
I took his thought a little further and also determined that, during that same time period, 12 of the 28 teams that made it to the Conference Championship Game, began their season with a 1-1 record or less.
And even more encouraging is the fact that in:
2002 – Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl (and started the season with a 1-1 record)
2003 – New England won the Super Bowl (and started the season with a 1-1 record)
2005 – Seattle lost the Super Bowl (and started the season with a 1-1 record)
2007 – New York Giants won the Super Bowl (and started the season with an 0-2 record)
Thank you, Mr. Brandt, I for one needed to hear that.