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


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.


Advertisements writer @AdamSchein thinks the Buffalo Bills can be a playoff team this year!


“But look at the landscape of the AFC wild-card race. The Bills certainly are capable of winning eight-plus games and making a legit run at January football. This is especially true if Manuel can actually play. His respectable start (see: 95.4 quarterback rating) has been a pleasant surprise, and this development changes everything for Buffalo’s overall potential.

We will learn a lot about the 2014 Bills over the next three weeks, as they host the Chargers, travel to Houston to face another 2-0 surprise and then draw the Lions in Detroit.

I think we’ve already learned that this team is well-coached. This team seized the moment at home on Sunday. This team is moving in the right direction.”


CBS Sports @PatKirwanCBS has the Bengals, Chargers, 49ers and Bucs as #wildcard teams in his NFL playoff predictions!


Pat Kirwan’s playoff predictions – CBS Sports


Team – Predicted record
New England Patriots 12-4
Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6
Indianapolis Colts 10-6
Denver Broncos 11-5

Wildcard Teams:
Bengals 9-7
San Diego Chargers 9-7


Philadelphia Eagles 9-7
Green Bay Packers 11-5
New Orleans Saints 10-6
Seattle Seahawks 10-6

Wildcard Teams:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-7
San Francisco 49ers 10-6