Can Chiefs Avoid NFL’s 0-2 Playoff Purgatory?

Can Chiefs Avoid NFL’s 0-2 Playoff Purgatory?
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

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, 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

Performance Of NFL Teams Starting 0-2

Result No. of Teams Percentage
Winning Season 57 14.0%
Making Playoffs 39 9.6%
Making Super Bowl 4 1.0%
Winning Super Bowl 3 0.7%

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.  

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer for, specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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