Strong starts

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

In the past five sea­sons, 78.3 per­cent (18 of 23) of the teams in the NFL that started 3-0 made the play­offs. Five teams have be­gun this sea­son 3-0 — the Ravens, Den­ver Bron­cos, Min­nesota Vik­ings, New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots and Philadel­phia Ea­gles; will they add to that list? Year Team Record Play­offs? Di­vi­sion fin­ish 2011 Buf­falo Bills 6-10 No Fourth AFC East Detroit Lions 10-6 Yes Sec­ond AFC North Green Bay Pack­ers 15-1 Yes First NFC North 2012 Ari­zona Cardinals 5-11 No Fourth NFC West At­lanta Fal­cons 13-3 Yes First NFC South Hous­ton Tex­ans 12-4 Yes First AFC South Chicago Bears 8-8 No Sec­ond NFC North Den­ver Bron­cos 13-3 Yes First AFC West Kansas City Chiefs 11-5 Yes Sec­ond AFC West Mi­ami Dol­phins 8-8 No Third AFC East New Eng. Pa­tri­ots 12-4 Yes First AFC East New Or­leans Saints 11-5 Yes Sec­ond NFC South Seat­tle Seahawks 13-3 Yes First NFC West 2014 Ari­zona Cardinals 11-5 Yes Sec­ond NFC West Cincin­nati Ben­gals 10-5-1 Yes Sec­ond AFC North Philadel­phia Ea­gles 10-6 Yes Sec­ond NFC East 2015 Ari­zona Cardinals 13-3 Yes First NFC West At­lanta Fal­cons 8-8 No Sec­ond NFC South Carolina Pan­thers 15-1 Yes First NFC South Cincin­nati Ben­gals 12-4 Yes First AFC North Den­ver Bron­cos 12-4 Yes First AFC West Green Bay Pack­ers 10-6 Yes Sec­ond NFC North New Eng. Pa­tri­ots 12-4 Yes First AFC East

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