Trends Point Downward if Cardinals Fall to 0-2

Trends Point Downward if Cardinals Fall to 0-2
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The Arizona Cardinals’ 2023 NFL season opener against Washington featured a litany of highs and lows. At the end of the day, the Cardinals weren’t able to hold onto their 16-10 lead through three quarters, falling to the Commanders, 20-16.

Ahead of Arizona’s Week 2 home opener against the New York Giants, in which oddsmakers at BetMGM Arizona list the Cardinals as a 5.5-point underdog, looked at how teams that started the year 0-2 fared. Utilizing, looked at how teams ended up the rest of the NFL season after starting their season with an 0-2 record since the 1970 merger. There have been 406 teams that have started 0-2 since 1970.

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Performance Of NFL Teams Starting 0-2

Result No. of Teams Percentage
Winning Season 57 14.0%
Making Playoffs 39 9.6%
Making Super Bowl 4 1.0%
Winning Super Bowl 3 0.7%

The Cardinals Super Bowl odds have slipped to the worst in the NFL at +50000. Arizona entered the season tied with Houston for last.

Can Cardinals Snap Recent 0-2 Playoff Blues?

If the Cardinals fall to the Giants in Week 2, but ultimately find their way into the postseason for the first time since 2021, they’d be the 40th team to do so since the 1970 merger. To date, 9.6% of teams that start the year 0-2 went on to make the playoffs, not a great bet to take on Arizona sports betting apps. Four of those 39 teams made the Super Bowl and three of those four won it all.

A total of 57 teams have had a winning season after starting the year 0-2, representing 14.0% of all teams that began the year with consecutive losses. The last time Arizona started the year 0-2 (2018) they wound up 3-13 and with a minus-200 point differential in the one and only year Steve Wilks served as the team’s head coach.

Fast forward a half-decade, and another first-year head coach (Jonathan Gannon) is trying to avoid a similar faceplant, as his team tries to avoid falling to 0-2 at +200 on the Arizona sports betting moneyline against the Giants on Sunday.



Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is the lead writer at after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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