The first quarter of the NFL season is over and 24 of the league’s 32 teams (75 percent) are currently either in first place or within a game of the top spot in the division. But there’s a lot of season left to be played.
There are only two unbeaten teams remaining – Arizona (3-0) and Cincinnati (3-0).
And all 32 teams know there’s room for improvement. And, while not every club has gotten off to a hot start, nothing is a given in the NFL.
Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, 106 teams (36.8 percent of the 288 playoff clubs) have advanced to the postseason after starting the season 2-2 or worse. There were six such teams – Carolina (1-3), Cincinnati (2-2), Green Bay (2-2), Philadelphia (1-3), San Diego (2-2) and San Francisco (2-2) – last season, including four division winners (Panthers, Bengals, Packers and Eagles).
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