Since 1978, exactly 224 teams have [started the season 0-2], and only 26 of those teams were able to climb out of that hole and make the playoffs. Only 11.6 percent of teams that have started a 16-game NFL season 0-2 have played a meaningful game in January.And we're talking about a team with Peyton Manning at quarterback, one that's been to the Super Bowl twice in the last four years, and a team that will be playing in its home opener when the Giants come to town Sunday night.
Of course, the other way to look at it is that the Colts showed some vulnerability in their opener. They allowed Texans' running back Arian Foster to run for 231 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-24 loss. On paper, that bodes well for Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
But, as we all know, games aren't won on paper. Giant fans should note that Manning was 40-of-57 for 433 yards and three touchdowns. Don't expect those kinds of numbers on Sunday. Then again, in Indy, they're warning the Giants not to expect to have the same type of rushing success that Houston had, either.
Manning Bowl II is so much more than just Peyton vs. Eli.