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HELP: 3-0 Teams That Did NOT Make the Playoffs

W. Unseld

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There was actually an article connected to one of the "Power Poll" weekly rankings a few months back that addressed this very thing...the writer was trying to explain why the Skins starting off 3-0 was no big deal because their margin of victory was so small (2 pts, 1 pt and 3 pts in overtime). History had shown that the majority of 3-0 teams that won by such slender margins rarely made it to the playoffs, and the article was basically saying "That's why the 3-0 Skins are ranked so low, and why they are the worst 3-0 team in the history of the NFL"...etc, yadda, blah blah blah...

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Since 2000, there have been 10 teams to start at least 3-0 and not make the playoffs. A staggering six teams pulled this off in 2002.

2004: Jacksonville started 3-0, finished 9-7.

2003: Minnesota started 6-0, finished 9-7.

2002: New England started 3-0, finished 9-7; Miami started 3-0, finished 9-7; Denver started 3-0, finished 9-7; San Diego started 4-0, finished 8-8; New Orleans started 3-0, finished 9-7; Carolina started 3-0, finished 7-9.

2001: San Diego started 3-0, finished 5-11.

2000: NY Jets started 4-0, finished 9-7.

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