"You hate to serve up seven points. Exclusive data helped you make smarter betting decisions. All-time Receiving Leader: Harold Carmichael 589 rec, 8,978 yds, 79 TD "I think we rattled him kind of toward the end," defensive end Trent Cole said. Basically putting the team on his back," Westbrook said. Jackson, who lost his job in September but got it back when Gus Frerotte was hurt, went 15-for-35 for 164 yards. It’s difficult to pinpoint one overarching reason, but I believe injuries and simple misevaluation of talent play the largest roles, with artificially-inflated preseason win totals and bad schedule luck factoring in to a lesser degree. With Stefon Diggs now in Buffalo and Justin Jefferson still developing, there’s no point in wasting newly-expensive Dalvin Cook carries on a defense that will just leave Cousins in shootouts he can’t win. The Vikings lost S Darren Sharper to a sprained ankle in the second quarter. And despite a drastically better December, Jackson showed he's still quite raw. Week 3 is generally a good spot to back teams that start 0-2, but the market has generally been able to properly correct beyond that, as teams that start 0-2 have gone 1025-1012-18 (50.3%) against the spread over the remainder of the season since 2002. His one big mistake really hurt, an underthrown out route to Sidney Rice that Samuel read perfectly and picked off for a 44-yard return and a 16-7 lead. But they promptly went three and out, and soon after came Westbrook's big catch and run. Peterson didn't have any more holes, and the Eagles applied plenty of pressure to keep Jackson from bouncing back. There were some bad games, but he's still in the league's upper crust of quarterbacks. On top of that, the Vikings also lost three fumbles. And should you buy low on them in Week 3? If they lose to the Bears, the Falcons are all but guaranteed to miss the playoffs for a third straight season.

Minnesota will likely improve as the year wears on and has a decent shot at avoiding 0-3 with a home matchup against a Tennessee team that has been overachieving, but this Vikings franchise just doesn’t have the makings of a dangerous playoff team. Seasons: 88 (1933 to 2020) Record (W-L-T): 587-611-27 Playoff Record: 23-23 Super Bowls Won: 1 (3 Appearances) Championships Won *: 4 . "It's like blood in the water for them.".
The fourth-year quarterback reached the mark in 37 games, passing Hall of Famer Dan Marino, who did it in 40. For every team that started 0-2 since 2002, I calculated  an updated expected win total for Week 3 on, and compared expected wins to actual wins at the end of the season. The Titans face a potential fine, though no individual will be disciplined as the NFL has wrapped up its review of Tennessee's adherence to COVID-19 policies and procedures, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. In fact, based on historical probabilities, it’s more likely than not that at least one would have made the playoffs in the former 12-team format (53.1%). In fact, of the 11 teams that started 0-2 this season, five — the Jets, Panthers, Dolphins, Giants and Bengals — already lost their must-win game. All-time Rushing Leader: LeSean McCoy 1,461 att, 6,792 yds, 44 TD . Eagles 26, Vikings 14 (wild card): The Eagles spoiled the Vikings’ first home playoff game in eight years, and Andy Reid beat Childress, his former offensive coordinator and good friend. Getty Images. What the Eagles' & Vikings' 0-2 Starts Really Mean For Their Hopes of Making the NFL Playoffs The Eagles not only have the highest win total of the 0-2 teams, but they have the best odds of avoiding 0-3.
Go time: Can Vikings erase years of heartbreak with NFC title over Eagles? A playoff history. Tarvaris Jackson, who lost his job in September but got it back when Gus Frerotte was injured, went 15-for-35 for 164 yards with one interception. Stability at quarterback almost certainly would have given the Vikings another win or two, and perhaps a first-round bye. Opponent’s Record vs. Eagles in 2019: N/A All-Time History vs. Eagles: 15-17 Thoughts: The Saints have been the Eagles’ playoff kryptonite for the last several years. Jackson had 109 yards of punt return yardage, to just 1 yard by the Vikings on four Eagles punts. Ten teams have opened the NFL season with an 0-2 record, including the Eagles and Vikings, who were expected to contend in the NFC. All-time Passing Leader: Donovan McNabb 2,801/4,746, 32,873 yds, 216 TD . Three (3.4%) finished with a winning record, and only 10 (11.1%) made it to .500. This year’s group of 0-2 teams is not particularly intriguing from an upside perspective.

Completing passes precisely when the Eagles needed him to, McNabb repeatedly sidestepped the Minnesota rush and sent Philadelphia to a 26-14 playoff win Sunday after being all but forgotten as a postseason contender just one month earlier. But the Vikings couldn't get any rhythm in the second half.

And the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of at least one of finishing with a winning record (70.6%). While it’s not surprising that teams considered to be among the NFL’s worst have a more difficult time rebounding from a slow start, that’s not to suggest that starting 0-2 is simply the product of bad luck or randomness. For example, we would expect a team with a win total of 8 to still go .500 and post a 7-7 finish over its final 14 games. Next up: the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Eagles 31, Vikings 16 (divisional): The Vikings led 14-0 in the second quarter, but they were outscored 31-2 the rest of the way. DeSean Jackson, the slithery rookie Childress reverently referred to this week as a "human pogo stick," led the Eagles to six of their 16 first-half points. He guided the Eagles out of dangerous territory twice in the second half, starting drives at their own 5 and their own 4 and chewing up precious time even though they ultimately punted. "Donovan did a great job today leading this team. But here we are. Grant and Hartman were the unlikeliest of best friends, SOS from handheld device saves man from freezing to death in Boundary Waters, Well-preserved ultimate 'Mad Men' house in St. Paul on market for $925K, Famous Dave's creating 'ghost kitchens,' dual concept through Johnny Carino's deal, Legendary columnist Sid Hartman dies at 100, Minnesota 2020 voter's guide: What you need to know to cast your ballot, Here at last: Matching up the Rays and Dodgers in the 2020 World Series, Purdue football coach Brohm to miss season opener vs. Iowa, Chiefs, Edwards-Helaire run away with 26-17 win over Bills, Attny: Iowa saying no to demands only emboldens ex-players. Please try again. MORE: Eagles vs. Vikings: 5 matchups to watch Joe Santoliquito @JSantoliquito | Email | Stories SEASON RECORD: 3-2 PICK: Vikings 28, Eagles 20. After all of it — the truncated season, battling outbreaks, rescheduling games, etc. See live odds and the best lines for every game. Discover the best online sports betting sites and take advantage of bonus offers from legal sportsbooks. But McNabb, who went 23-for-34 for 300 yards, kept the offense from derailing. We should never count Mike Zimmer out — the Vikings have been adept at exceeding expectations throughout his tenure, compiling the second-best winning percentage against the spread (60.8%) in the league since he took over. Jackson snapped back after his big mistake, throwing a pair of first-down passes on the next possession to put Peterson in position for a 3-yard, slicing run to pull Minnesota within 16-14. Using the consensus win probabilities from our projected Week 3 spreads, here is each team’s odds of notching its first win this week: The Broncos and Lions face long odds of winning in Week 3 and may struggle to capitalize either way due to injuries, while the Texans slow start can mostly be explained by a brutal schedule that dealt them the Chiefs and Ravens to start the year (not to mention, they’re the one team that managed to reach the playoffs after starting out 0-3),  so let’s focus on the Eagles, Falcons and Vikings.


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