Joe Burrow and the rest of the reigning AFC champions certainly expected better. Fresh off the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance in over 30 years, the Bengals conference title defense got off to a tumultuous start. Cincinnati is 0-2 after losing a couple of three-point games to Pittsburgh and Dallas.
The Bengals’ offensive woes are perhaps more troubling than Cincinnati’s winless start. Burrow, sacked 70 times a year ago, has already been sacked 13 times this season despite the Bengals’ heavy investment in their offensive line during free agency. Despite the problems, Burrow and his teammates remain steadfast in their resolution.
“Oe-two is tough, but there’s no panic,” Burrow said, via The Athletic. “There is still a lot of ball to play”.
“We can’t wait to win right now,” said running back Joe Mixon. “There is no need to panic, but at the end of the day, we have to start going. We know what we got in our locker room. Our defense played our ass. We have to do everything possible on offense to counter that. what’s happening. It’s an unfortunate situation, but we have to be the ones to pull ourselves out. “
The Titans, one of the teams defeated by the Bengals in last year’s playoffs, are also 0-2 after being beaten hard in Buffalo on Monday night. The Titans and Bengals are the most striking of the five teams that are currently 0-2 entering week three of the regular season.
It’s not a very well-trodden road, but the teams that started 0-2 actually made it to the Super Bowl. Four teams overcame 0-2 starts to reach the big game. Three of these teams left the Super Bowl hosting the Vince Lombardi Trophy, proving that it’s not always how you start, it’s how you finish that makes the difference.
Here’s a look at the four teams the Bengals and Titans will be looking to make the history books when all is said and done.
- Finished 12-4, 1st in NFC East
- He defeated the Bills 30-13 in Super Bowl XXVIII
Main reason for slowness Start: Emmitt Smith, the league’s top runner during the previous season, missed the first two games over a contract dispute. Without Smith, the reigning champions Cowboys were eliminated by Washington in the first week. A three-point defeat in a Super Bowl rematch with Buffalo was enough to convince Jerry Jones to bring Smith to the negotiating table and return to the field.
Main reason for a quick finish: With Smith back, the Cowboys have won six straight games, with Smith thundering a career record 237 against the Eagles. Smith ended his MVP season with an all-time performance in the Cowboys’ regular season final against the Giants. Despite dealing with a split shoulder, Smith ran for 168 yards and received 10 passes for 61 yards and a score when Dallas won in overtime.
In the playoffs, Smith scored 418 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. He won MVP honors after running 132 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ second consecutive Super Bowl victory over Buffalo.
- Finished 11-5, 1st in AFC East
- Lost to the Packers 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI
Main reason for slow startup: Turnover plagued the Patriots during the first two games. They took the ball out four times – with one leading to the game’s first touchdown – in a week 1 loss to Miami. They took a head start in Buffalo the following week before a special team fumble set the Bills’ go-ahead score. New England then tied the score before Jim Kelly threw the winning touchdown in the final minutes.
Main reason for a quick finish: They never completely solved their turnover problem, but for the most part the Patriots were able to get over their mistakes for the rest of the season. The New England defense, heavily influenced by assistant manager Bill Belichick, forced a series of turnovers that often made up for the mistakes of the attack. The Patriots’ attack has committed 21 turnovers during the last 14 games of the season. The New England defense, led by Pro Bowler Willie McGinest, linebackers Chris Slade and Ted Johnson, and defenders Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy and Willie Clay, forced 36 turnovers (including post-season) after 0-2 initial.
Along with defense, the Patriots have received great individual efforts from quarterback Drew Bledsoe, running back Curtis Martin and rookie receiver Terry Glenn. Each player was nominated for the Pro Bowl as he led a bout that finished second in the league by points.
The turnovers, however, raised their ugly heads in Super Bowl XXXI. The Patriots briefly led the favorite Packers, but were ultimately knocked out by four giveaways. In the event of a defeat, the New England defense did not allow reigning league MVP Brett Favre and the Packers high-scoring offense to score a single point in the second half.
- Finished 11-5, 1st in AFC East
- He defeated the Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI
Main reason for slow startup: The New England attack only scored 20 points in their first two games. The Pats just put three points on the scoreboard against the Jets in the second week before Bledsoe was knocked off the field by Jets linebacker Mo Lewis at the end of the game. The injury was serious, as Bledsoe was hospitalized to treat a severed blood vessel in his chest.
Main reason for a quick finish: With Bledsoe on the mend, Tom Brady entered the lineup for the Patriots’ third game of the year against Peyton Manning and the Colts. New England dominated the game in all three facets and would take the 5-4 record by entering a Sunday night showdown with the Rams and their “Greatest Show on Turf” bout. The Patriots lost a tight match, but it was enough for Belichick to declare Brady the starter for the remainder of the season.
The 2001 Patriots have never lost again, winning their last six games of the regular season to clinch a place in the playoffs. They were the beneficiaries of the legendary “Tuck Rule” in the division round before upsetting the Steelers in the match for the AFC title. They ran a 17-3 lead against the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI before winning the game on Adam Vinatieri’s last-second field goal.
Giants of 2007
- Finished 10-6, 2nd in NFC East
- He defeated the Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII
Main reason for slow startup: The Giants defense conceded 80 points during the first two games of the season. Tony Romo burned New York for 345 yards and four scores in week 1. Brett Favre threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in week 2, as the Giants season seemed to be over before week 3.
Main reason for a quick finish: Led by a defensive line that included Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, the Giants defense performed much better after its difficult start. The Giants conceded fewer than 20 points in five of the next six games to move up to 6-2 mid-lap.
At 10-5, the Giants had already secured a place in the playoffs when the 15-0 Patriots arrived in town in week 17. Despite having nothing to play for, the Giants played their starters and almost finished the game. perfect season of the Patriots. They didn’t win that night, but five weeks later, on the biggest stage in professional football, the Giants defeated the Patriots in the second biggest upheaval in Super Bowl history. Eli Manning’s late game heroism will live on in the Super Bowl lore.