Nate Davis of @USAToday profiles which 2-0 teams are the real deal (hint – Arizona Cardinals are a Wild Card team)

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Since the NFL expanded its playoff field from 10 to 12 teams in 1990, clubs starting the season 2-0 have proven a solid bet to reach postseason having done so 63% (124 of 196) of the time.

The 2014 campaign has begun with seven 2-0 squads. Here’s an outlook for each:

Arizona Cardinals
Prediction: Assuming Palmer is OK, this team has enough talent to rise to second place in the division given the percolating issues in San Francisco and catastrophic circumstances in St. Louis. That will probably be good enough for a wild-card berth this year.

Buffalo Bills
Prediction: They’re still at least a year away from the playoffs, maybe more if the next owners sweep out the front office and coaching staff for hand-picked choices.

Carolina Panthers
Prediction: Four second-half divisional tests against the Saints and Falcons will be revealing. But it still feels like this team may not have quite enough juice to stay in contention with a loaded NFC field.

Cincinnati Bengals
Prediction: They’ll host another playoff game this season and will win it this time. But they’re probably not good enough yet to reach the AFC Championship Game.

Denver Broncos
Prediction: The Broncos have time to dial in and will know exactly where they stand heading into their bye week following this Sunday’s Super Bowl rematch in Seattle. But little reason to currently think Denver won’t again be among the NFL’s final four in four months.

Houston Texans
Prediction: If they can keep their injury report limited — Clowney is expected back in October — everything seems to be lining up for Houston to become the third consecutive team to make postseason the same year it drafted No. 1 overall.

Philadelphia Eagles
Prediction: They’ll retain their division crown. Whether QB Nick Foles — and/or the Kelly scheme — can deliver in postseason against a defense the caliber of Seattle’s or Carolina’s is still very much in doubt.

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