MEXICO CITY.- One of the fundamental examples of this is the positions in the league. For the third season in a row, an NFL team that las
MEXICO CITY.- One of the fundamental examples of this is the positions in the league. For the third season in a row, an NFL team that last year failed to make the postseason now started 7-0. This season, the ARIZONA CARDINALS (7-0) are the only undefeated team in the league and are on their best start since 1974. One of the oldest franchises, with a victory in the Thursday night classic Thursday Night Football, the Cardinals may get to their first 8-0 season start ever.
Last season, the PITTSBURGH STEELERS won their first 11 games, the best start in franchise history. And the year before, 2019, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS won their first eight games on their way to Super Bowl LIV.
Four teams that did not reach the playoffs in 2020 are currently topping their divisions: Arizona (7-0), CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-2), DALLAS COWBOYS (5-1) and LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-2). What’s more, with 11 weeks to go on the NFL schedule, four other clubs that did not make the postseason – DENVER BRONCOS (3-4), INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-4), LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-2) and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-4) – are no more than two games behind first place in their respective divisions.
At least two teams won their divisions the season after missing the postseason in 17 of the past 18 years.
Since 1990 – a streak of 31 consecutive seasons – at least four teams each season have qualified after failing to do so the year before.
Cincinnati, on its best start since starting 7-0 in 2015, finished last in the AFC North in 2020. In 16 of the last 18 seasons, at least one team finished first in its division the season after it ended. in last place, or tying it. Of the 49 teams in league history that went from “worst to first,” 26 of them have done so in the past 18 years (2003-20).
TALKING ABOUT BENGALS
This week the Bengals return to the East Coast to take on the NEW YORK JETS (1-5). Last week, Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW, in his 17th career start, threw a career-high 416 yards with three touchdown passes, while rookie receiver JA’MARR CHASE had 201 receiving yards with a touchdown. in the Bengals’ win in Baltimore.
Burrow, who recorded 406 passing yards and three touchdown passes in Week 7 of the 2020 season, became the fourth player with two games of at least 400 passing yards and three touchdown passes within the first 20 games of his career, joining to NICK FOLES, PATRICK MAHOMES and BILLY VOLEK.
Chase, who was 21 years and 237 days old on Sunday, became the second youngest player in NFL history to score at least 200 receiving yards in a single game, behind only MIKE EVANS (21 years, 87 days ).
Chase, fifth overall in the 2021 NFL College Draft, now has 754 receiving yards this season and surpassed HARLON HILL (685 in 1954) for the most yards receiving by a player in his first seven career games in the history. Chase, who also had 159 receiving yards with a touchdown reception in Week 5, is the fifth rookie since 1970 with multiple games of at least 150 receiving yards and some touchdown reception, joining Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (three games in 1998), KEN BURROW (two in 1971), JUSTIN JEFFERSON (two in 2020) and TORREY SMITH (two in 2011).