One-eighth of the NFL is undefeated at 2-0.
That’s good news for Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Minnesota, New England, the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and especially promising for the Ravens, Giants and Eagles, who all missed the playoffs last season.
Over the last 25 years, or since the NFL instituted the current 12-team playoff format, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.
Since 1990, 63.2 percent of the teams that start the season 2-0 make the playoffs.
Through two weeks, here are some of the NFL’s individual leaders:
- Matt Ryan leads in passer rating at 121.4, joining Sam Bradford (121.2) and Philip Rivers (120.3) as the quarterbacks above 120.
- Ryan and Bradford are in the top three in completion percentage, too, at 72.6 and 71, respectively, but Eli Manning leads that category at 73.9.
- Andy Dalton is the leader in big pass plays, hitting eight of them for more than 25 yards, followed by Kirk Cousins at six.
- On the negative side, Jameis Winston has five interceptions, leading the field by two.
- Jay Cutler and Dalton have been sacked eight times, the most in the league.
- Alex Smith leads the NFL with two lost fumbles.
- Stefon Diggs leads with 285 yards, nearly 60 yards more than second-place Willie Snead (226).
- Diggs, Amari Cooper and Marvin Jones lead in big-play receptions with four catches of more than 25 yards each.
- Mike Evans has been targeted 24 times, more than any other receiver. He and T.Y. Hilton (13 apiece) also have the most passes targeted their way that haven’t been caught.
- Larry Fitzgerald, Jordy Nelson and Mohamed Sanu lead with four catches in the red zone.
- On the negative side, Tavon Austin leads with three dropped passes.
- Isaiah Crowell leads the NFL with a 6.5-yard average per carry.
- DeAngelo Williams’ 118.5 yards per game is the leader by 20 yards per game, and he also is leader with 13 rushing first downs and 58 carries through two weeks.
- C.J. Anderson is the leader for big-play rushes, having seven carries of more than 10 yards.
- Rashad Jennings and Andrew Luck are both 3-for-3 in rushing for first downs on third-and-short (less than 3 yards).
- As for the negative rushing stats, nobody has been stuffed (no gain or negative yards) more than Adrian Peterson’s eight times.