Is 4-0 a good thing?

09/26/2003

Over the past 10 seasons, teams that have started 4-0 have missed the playoffs nearly twice as many times as teams who've gone on to win the Super Bowl.

Here's a look at the 24 teams who've started an NFL season 4-0 since 1993.

6 teams have advanced to the Super Bowl
4 teams have won the Super Bowl
7 teams missed the playoffs

 

The Denver Broncos started 4-0 both in 1997 and 1998 when they won back-to-back Super Bowls.  Then in 1999, the St. Louis Rams also started 4-0  before claiming their first Super Bowl win.


Year Team
Record
Division
Finish
Result
2002 San Diego Chargers
8-8
3rd
Missed playoffs
  Oakland Raiders
11-5
1st
Lost in Super Bowl
2001 St. Louis Rams
14-2
1st
Lost in Super Bowl
2000 New York Jets
9-7
3rd
Missed playoffs
  St. Louis Rams
10-6
2nd
Lost in 1st round of playoffs
  Minnesota Vikings
11-5
1st
Lost in championship game
1999 New England Patriots
8-8
5th
Missed playoffs
  St. Louis Rams
13-3
1st
Super Bowl champions
1998 Jacksonville Jaguars
11-5
1st
Lost in divisional round of playoffs
  Denver Broncos
14-2
1st
Super Bowl champions
  Green Bay Packers
11-5
2nd
Lost in wild-card game
  Minnesota Vikings
15-1
1st
Lost in championship game
1997 New England Patriots
10-6
1st
Lost in divisional round of playoffs
  Denver Broncos
12-4
2nd
Super Bowl champions
  Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10-6
2nd
Lost in divisional round of playoffs
1996 Indianapolis Colts
9-7
3rd
Lost in wild-card game
  Kansas City Chiefs
9-7
2nd
Missed playoffs
  Minnesota Vikings
9-7
2nd
Lost in wild-card game
1995 Miami Dolphins
9-7
3rd
Lost in wild-card game
  Dallas Cowboys
12-4
1st
Super Bowl champions
  St. Louis Rams
7-9
3rd
Missed playoffs
1994 San Diego Chargers
11-5
1st
Lost in Super Bowl
1993 New Orleans Saints
8-8
2nd
Missed playoffs
  Philadelphia Eagles
8-8
3rd
Missed playoffs
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