Steelers' Woodley vows to avoid 0-2 start

September, 13, 2012
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Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley cut off a reporter who pointed out that the Pittsburgh Steelers haven't started 0-2 since 2002.

"And we won’t be 0-2," Woodley told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Every week the mindset is to go out there and win a football game, and not start the season off bad. So far we’re 0-1, and we’ll manage to not go 0-2."

It's hardly a revelation that the Steelers want to avoid an 0-2 start, but you can pick up the sense of urgency. And rightfully so. According to ESPN Stats & Information, just 12 percent of teams to start a season 0-2 (22-184) have reached the playoffs since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990.

That being said, the Steelers did make the playoffs the last time they started off 0-2. In 2002, after falling to New England and Oakland, Pittsburgh won five of its last six games to win the AFC North and advance to the divisional playoffs, where it lost at Tennessee in overtime.

The Steelers, who face the New York Jets on Sunday, are one of only three teams that hasn't started 0-2 since 2003. The Broncos and Patriots are the others.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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