Odds are not in Seahawks favor
Pop quiz: What are the odds of a 0-2 team making the NFL playoffs?
Answer: Very Poor
Seriously, the odds of a team making the playoffs after a 0-2 start is 10.8 percent. Every year, 12 teams advance to the postseason, according to the odds it means that one team with a 0-2 start will be playing football the first weekend in January. Considering how competitive the NFL is in general, it doesn’t bode well for the Seattle Seahawks.
A comeback from 0-2 usually happens within a division. Last year eight teams opened 0-2. Only the Saints rallied from their dismal start to make it. New Orleans closed 11-3 to win the NFC South.
The NFC West has preseason 2018 co-NFC Super Bowl favorite, the Los Angeles Rams at the top. Judging by last week’s performance in Oakland, they deserve the high expectations. So a Seahawks division title after a 0-2 start is highly unlikely.
That leaves a wild card slot. The NFC has several playoff caliber teams. You know about New Orleans, but the other seven 0-2 teams didn’t make the postseason. In fact, six of the seven teams finished last in their division, and the other team Cincinnati played in a division that included the winless Cleveland Browns. Unless the conference, as a whole, tanks this year, a 0-2 record to start 2018 could kill any playoff hopes the Seattle Seahawks have.
It’s not optional for the Seahawks to beat the Bears Monday night, it’s mandatory. A loss just about ends their chances of sniffing the Lombardi Trophy in February.