At the end of Week 2, no more than 13 teams will be able to claim a perfect 2-0 record, leaving at least 19 clubs at 1-1 or 0-2.
Since realignment in 2002, 100 of the 168 playoff teams (59.5 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including six teams last season and three division champions – Houston (AFC South), Minnesota (NFC North) and Washington (NFC East).
A look at how playoff clubs in 2014 and 2015 began their seasons:
|Team||After 2 games||Playoff Result||Team||After 2 games||Playoff Result|
|Arizona||2-0||Advanced to Wild Card||Arizona||2-0||Advanced to Conf. Champ|
|Baltimore||1-1||Advanced to Divisional||Carolina||2-0||Advanced to Super Bowl 50|
|Carolina||2-0||Advanced to Divisional||Cincinnati||2-0||Advanced to Wild Card|
|Cincinnati||2-0||Advanced to Wild Card||Denver||2-0||Won Super Bowl 50|
|Dallas||1-1||Advanced to Divisional||Green Bay||2-0||Advanced to Divisional|
|Denver||2-0||Advanced to Divisional||Houston||0-2||Advanced to Wild Card|
|Detroit||1-1||Advanced to Wild Card||Kansas City||1-1||Advanced to Divisional|
|Green Bay||1-1||Advanced to Conf. Champ.||Minnesota||1-1||Advanced to Wild Card|
|Indianapolis||0-2||Advanced to Conf. Champ.||New England||2-0||Advanced to Conf. Champ|
|New England||1-1||Won Super Bowl XLIX||Pittsburgh||1-1||Advanced to Divisional|
|Pittsburgh||1-1||Advanced to Wild Card||Seattle||0-2||Advanced to Divisional|
|Seattle||1-1||Advanced to Super Bowl XLIX||Washington||1-1||Advanced to Wild Card|
DOMINANT DREW: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES has 61,326 career passing yards, the fourth-most in NFL history. With 36 passing yards on Sunday at the New York Giants, Brees will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (61,361) for the third-most passing yards all-time.
The players with the most career passing yards in NFL history:
|PLAYER||YEARS||CAREER PASSING YARDS|
Brees, who passed for 423 yards on Kickoff Weekend, has 14 career games with at least 400 passing yards, tied with PEYTON MANNING for the most 400-yard passing performances in NFL history.
The players with the most 400-yard passing games in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM(S)||MOST 400-YARD PASSING GAMES|
|Peyton Manning||Indianapolis, Denver||14|
|Drew Brees||San Diego, New Orleans||14|
|Carson Palmer||Cincinnati, Oakland, Arizona||8|
|Philip Rivers||San Diego||8|
ELITE ELI: New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING has 297 touchdown passes in his 13-year career. With three touchdown passes on Sunday against New Orleans, Manning would become the eighth quarterback in NFL history to reach 300 career touchdown passes.
The quarterbacks with at least 300 career touchdown passes:
|PLAYER||YEARS||TEAM(S)||CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASSES|
|Peyton Manning||1998-2015||Ind, Den||539|
|Brett Favre||1991-2010||Atl, GB, NYJ, Min||508|
|Drew Brees||2001-present||SD, NO||432|
|Fran Tarkenton||1961-1978||Min, NYG||342|
WENTZ’S WONDERFUL START: Philadelphia rookie quarterback CARSON WENTZ passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 29-10 victory against Cleveland on Kickoff Weekend.
Only four rookie quarterbacks since 1970 have won their first two starts to begin a season. Three of those four players helped their teams qualify for the playoffs, including JOE FLACCO of Baltimore (2008) and MARK SANCHEZ of the New York Jets (2009), who led their respective clubs to the AFC Championship Game as rookies.
The rookie quarterbacks to start and win their team’s first two games in a season since 1970:
|YEAR||PLAYER, TEAM||OVERALL RECORD AS
|1983||John Elway, Denver||4-6||Advanced to Wild Card|
|1998||Ryan Leaf, San Diego||3-6||Missed playoffs|
|2008||Joe Flacco, Baltimore||11-5||Advanced to AFC Championship|
|2009||Mark Sanchez, New York Jets||8-7||Advanced to AFC Championship|
|2016||Carson Wentz, Philadelphia*||1-0*||???|
|* 1-0 as starter|
BOOMING BECKHAM: New York Giants wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM, JR. has 191 receptions in 28 career games.
With nine receptions on Sunday against New Orleans, Beckham would surpass Miami wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY (33 games) as the fastest player in NFL history to reach 200 career receptions.
Landry accomplished the feat last week against Seattle.
The players to reach 200 career receptions in the fewest games:
|PLAYER||GAMES TO REACH 200 CAREER RECEPTIONS|
|Odell Beckham, Jr.||28*|
|*191 career receptions|
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