Every year, there’s always one NFL team that start their season terrible before finding themselves inside the playoffs. Last year, it was the Houston Texans, who began their season 0-3 before finishing the season 11-5 and inside the playoffs. This year, which of these 0-3 have the best chance at making the playoffs?
Denver Broncos: Of all the teams on the list, I think the Broncos have the toughest schedule. Among the teams that the Broncos face, they will have to face their divisional rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers twice, as well as the Cleveland Browns, and the Houston Texans. They will also have the Detroit Lions, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Oakland Raiders, a team that beat the Broncos once in Week One. If the Broncos can split their series with their AFC West Rivals as well as beat the teams in the AFC South and a few other teams, then they can find themselves into the playoffs come January.
Cincinnati Bengals: A zero and three start for the Bengals doesn’t seem to get better. As this season progresses, they will face the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns twice, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, and the New England Patriots. For the Bengals to get into the playoffs, they will have to win most of their games inside the AFC North as well as find some victories over opponents inside the AFC East. If they can do that, they will have a good chance at making the playoffs.
New York Jets: In the off-season, there was a lot of hype surrounding the New York Jets as many thought they vastly improved and could be a contender to make the playoffs. Through three games, the Jets have not lived up to expectations. If the Jets still want to make the playoffs, they will to go the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Buffalo Bills. If they are successful and are able to win some of those games as well as their other games in the process, then they will see themselves in the contention of making the playoffs.
Washington Redskins: The Skins start the season 0-3 as they still have to face the Patriots, the 49ers, the Packers, the Eagles and the Cowboys. Now, if the Redskins are able to win some of those games, the rest of their schedule are winnable games. I think they will have to make a Quarterback change and let rookie quarterback, Dwayne Haskins start and play the rest of the season if they want to make the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Any chance of the Steelers being better without having RunningBack Le’Veon Bell and Wide-Receiver Antonio Brown went out the window since they lost Quarterback Ben Roethsiberger to a season ending elbow injury in Week 2 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. The Steelers had a chance to beat the 49ers last week, but ended up giving a touchdown late in the fourth and couldn’t score again. The remainder of the Steelers’ schedule isn’t that hard. They have winnable games against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Miami Dolphins, the Indianapolis Colts, the Arizona Cardinals, the Buffalo Bills, and the New York Jets. If they can win all the games above and sneak some victories over the Baltimore Ravens, the LA Rams, the Chargers, and the Cleveland Browns, then they can find themselves back into the playoff conversation and a possible berth.
Miami Dolphins: Poor Miami. Through three weeks, Miami’s defense has ranked last in allowed points per game as they have been out scored 133 to 16. All signs have pointed to the Dolphins tanking towards the 2020 NFL Draft. However, they do have winnable games against the New York Jets, Washington Redskins, and the Cincinnati Bengals. If the Dolphins stop tanking and actually sneak some victories over their opponents, then they could find themselves in the playoffs.
Conclusion: Of all the 0-3 teams on the list, I believe the Pittsburgh Steelers have the best shot at making the playoffs. Mason Rudolph will have to play better as well as the rest of the Steelers’ offense and they will have to capitalize off their opponents’ turnovers. Their defense can not gas themselves out and be dead in the fourth. If everyone on that team plays better, then the Steelers could find themselves sitting 9-7 and being the sixth seed in the AFC Playoffs.