Five Key Stats for Week 3 –
The 2022 NFL season has already had its share of surprises. And that shouldn’t come as a shock given how unpredictable this league is. And as usual, there are some interesting numbers to ponder as National Football enters its third week of play.
There have now been 56 Super Sundays and 53 times at least one team that started the season 2-0 played for the Lombardi Trophy. This year, Bills, Dolphins and Chiefs are the AFC teams 2-0. In the NFC, it’s the Eagles, Giants and Buccaneers. The three exceptions to statistics? Super Bowl XXII: Denver (1-0-1) against Washington (1-1), Super Bowl XLIX: New England (1-1) against Seattle (1-1) and Super Bowl LII: Philadelphia (1-1) against New England (1-1).
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Still think your favorite team will be playing Super Bowl Sunday next February? There are five teams at 0-2 starts. That would be the Bengals, Raiders, and Titans (all playoff teams from 2021), plus the Falcons and Panthers. Four times in the past 56 years, a team has lost its first two games of the season and reached the Super Bowl. Three of those clubs (’93 Cowboys, ’01 Patriots and ’07 Giants) would win a Super Bowl.
Think about the Jacksonville Jaguars. After two weeks, they’re not only the only team in their division to win a game, Doug PedersonThe club is coming off a shutout win over the rival Colts. A season ago, this club was dismal in many areas. A disappointing stat was that the team played 17 games and forced nine turnovers in the NFL. But in this season’s split with the Commanders and Colts, Pederson’s club has already offered six takeaways.
The Las Vegas Raiders have dropped their first two games. Josh McDaniels’ club had problems on both sides of the ball. The team has as many turnovers (4) as offensive touchdowns scored. But the real disappointment was a defense that added a pass-rusher chandler jones and cornerback Rock Ya Sin. But after two outings, the Raiders totaled a sack (Maxx Crosby) and a takeaway (INT by Amik Robertson) in more than eight quarters of play.
Todd BowlesThe club got off to a 2-0 start and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowed 13 NFL points by beating the Cowboys and Saints in the first two weeks. And both victories came on the road. The Bucs have already had 10 sacks and forced six turnovers. Bowles’ team conceded just one touchdown in two games and it came in the fourth quarter at New Orleans. Can the visit Packers get off to a good start on Sunday in Tampa?