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Thursday open thread: Which 0-2 team will finish with the best record?

Which two-loss team should remain hopeful?

NFL: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

You’ve probably seen the stat by now. But just in case you haven’t, being an 0-2 team in the NFL is not good news. Only about 12 percent of teams that go winless in the first two weeks of the season end up making the playoffs. That’s really bad news for seven teams this year, as nearly a quarter of the league has started winless, including our Detroit Lions.

Here are the other teams joining the Lions in 0-2 land: the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Which 0-2 team will finish with the best record in 2018?

My answer: I think it’ll be the Houston Texans for several reasons. They were handed a tough situation by starting the season with two road games. One loss, a seven-point defeat at the hands of the Patriots, was understandable, while their three-point loss to the Titans is a little harder to explain.

Regardless, the Texans have some of the league’s biggest playmakers on both sides of the ball. Deshaun Watson is an up-and-coming quarterback and his biggest weapon, DeAndre Hopkins, is one of the best receivers in the league. Defensively, don’t sleep on the return of J.J. Watt.

Put it all together and it’s no surprise that the Texans are by far the highest ranked 0-2 team in DVOA through two weeks. They’re actually ranked a respectable 11th, and considering they’re in a weak division, I don’t think there should be any reason for panic in Houston.

Your turn.

Poll

Which 0-2 team will finish with the best record?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Caridnals
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Bills
    (8 votes)
  • 39%
    Lions
    (281 votes)
  • 34%
    Texans
    (250 votes)
  • 2%
    Giants
    (17 votes)
  • 9%
    Raiders
    (67 votes)
  • 12%
    Seahawks
    (92 votes)
720 votes total Vote Now

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