The Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl defense began with a dud of an opener last Thursday, putting them at risk of starting the year 0-2 for the first time since 2014.
Entering Week 2, the Chiefs play Sunday against Jacksonville. Oddsmakers from BetMGM Sportsbook — there is no BetMGM Missouri — list K.C. as a 3-point favorite. Fresh off that 21-20 Thursday Night loss to Detroit, BetKansas.com looked at how teams ended up the rest of the NFL season after starting their season with an 0-2 record since the 1970 merger. There have been 406 teams that have started 0-2 since 1970. To do so, we utilized Stathead.com.
Performance Of NFL Teams Starting 0-2
Despite its loss to start the season the Chiefs Super Bowl odds are still the best in the NFL at +650. San Francisco is +700, while Philadelphia has fallen to +800. Unfortunately, there is no legal Missouri sports betting for those wagers.
Chiefs Looking To Dodge Winless Start
Historically, starting 0-2 is a bad place to be. That’s because only 9.6% of teams that began the season with consecutive losses since 1970 eventually made the playoffs and only 14.0% posted records above .500. Good information to note if there were Missouri sportsbook promos. The best record among 0-2 teams was the 12-4 mark accomplished by the 2022 Cincinnati Bengals and the 2013 Carolina Panthers. The Bengals were the only 0-2 team out of the six that started with consecutive losses in 2022 to make the postseason.
The last time the Chiefs started 0-2 happened to be the most recent year where Kansas City failed to qualify for the playoffs — missing out on the postseason after losing four of their final six regular games. Fast forward nine years, and Reid and company are eyeing a much happier goal — looking to become the first team since the New England Patriots in 2004 to repeat as Super Bowl champions.