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USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFL - Marc Lawrence

Will the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots be fight­ing an up­hill bat­tle this sea­son?

Among NFL teams that came up short in the Su­per Bowl the pre­vi­ous sea­son — aka Su­per Bowl losers — eight have failed to make it back to the post­sea­son the fol­low­ing year since 2001. Seven of them fin­ished with los­ing records. They are 611 SU (straight up) and 2-15 ATS (against the spread) in sea­sonopen­ing games dur­ing that span.

Stat of the week:

Cleve­land Browns head coach Hue Jack­son is 5-38 SU in his NFL ca­reer on Sun­days, in­clud­ing 0-34 since De­cem­ber 2011.

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