2020 features 1st NFL season in 9 years with 0-10, 10-0 team

It is relatively rare to win or lose 10 consecutive games to open the season.

A season where teams have done both has happened only a handful of times before the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) and New York Jets (0-10) made it this season.

This is only the sixth season in the Super Bowl era with both a 10-0 team and a 0-10 team and the first time this has happened since 2011. That year, the Packers went 15-1 before making their first playoff. game, while the Colts finished 2-14 after losing Peyton Manning to a neck injury of a season.

The other times it happened were 2008 (10-0 Tennessee, 0-10 Detroit), 2007 (10-0 New England, 0-10 Miami), 1984 (10-0 Miami, 0-10 Buffalo and Houston) and 1975 (10-0 Minnesota and 0-10 San Diego).

In total, 17 teams started 10-0 in the Super Bowl era before the Steelers did it this season. Of those teams, six won the Super Bowl (2009 Saints, 1998 Broncos, 1991 Washington, 1990 Giants, 1985 Bears, and undefeated 1972 Dolphins).

Four others lost the title game, including the Patriots in 2007 after the only regular season 16-0 in the NFL season. The other seven lost earlier in the playoffs.

Of the 21 previous teams that started 0-10 in the Super Bowl era, three finished without a point, with the 2008 Lions and 2017 Browns going 0-16 and the Buccaneers of the 1976 expansion losing all 14 games.

The best finish for the other 18 teams was 3-13, with the Oilers (1984), Colts (1986, ’97), Bengals (1993) and Raiders (2014) all winning three of their last six games.

PERFECT 10: Steelers rookie receiver Chase Claypool caught a TD pass to give him 10 touchdowns in the first 10 games of this season. Claypool is the first wide receiver in the Super Bowl era and fourth in league history with at least 10 TDs in the first 10 games of his career, along with Billy Howton (11 TDs in 1952), Bill Groman (10 in 1960) and Harlon Hill (10 in 1954).

TO THANK: Detroit’s Matthew Stafford is about to start his 10th career on Thanksgiving Day, which would tie Troy Aikman the most in NFL history. Stafford went 4-5 in those starts and could have the most Thanksgiving losses ever if the Lions lose to Houston. Only Aikman (5-5) and Bart Starr (2-5-1) have also lost five starts.

Stafford, whose 2,705 yards passes are the most ever on Thanksgiving, can also have the most TD passes. He comes into the match 17, one behind Tony Romo.

HEAVY LOAD: Jaguars designed rookie James Robinson won 94 yards from scrimmage and gave him 1,011 for the season. He is the fifth undeveloped rookie to gain at least 1,000 yards from scrimmage in the joint draft era, joining Dominic Rhodes (1,328 in 2001), Phillip Lindsay (1,278 in 2018), Clark Gaines (1,124 in 1976) and LeGarrette Blount (1,021 in 2010)).

Robinson has 78.3% of Jacksonville yards rushing this season. Only nine players have won a larger amount for a season since 2010.

COMEBACK CHILDREN: Indianapolis overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Green Bay 34-31 in extra time, marking the 11th straight week in which a team mustered at least 13 points to win. The only other time that happened was 2015.

There have been 33 games to date in which a team overcame a double-digit deficit to win, the most to 11 weeks in NFL history.

The Packers are one of 24 teams to lose a match despite scoring at least 30 points. That happened just 16 times in the past season and has happened several times in the history of the NFL, with 27 games in 2018.

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