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NFL 2013: After Further Thought (Week 2)

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Some thoughts and some numbers regarding Week 2 of the 2013 season and entering Monday night's game…

--There are eight 2-0 teams so far this season, the most in the league since eight teams also opened the season 2-0 in 2010. And barring a tie in the Pittsburgh Steelers/Cincinnati Bengals game on Monday night, there will also be eight 0-2 teams. The undefeated includes the Kansas City Chiefs, who won two games during all of 2012. The 0-2 clubs include the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins, both playoff teams a year ago…

--Speaking of the 2-0 teams, chances are pretty good that the either/or the Chiefs, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks will wind up at MetLife Stadium in February. In the 47-year history of the Super Bowl, at least one 2-0 team has advanced to the Big Game in all but one of those seasons, the exception being the strike-interrupted 1987 campaign. All told, 66 of the 94 teams to play in the Super Bowl opened 2-0 or better…

--As for the 0-2 clubs, Keep in mind that since 2009, we have seen a club open 0-2 a total of 30 times and none of those winless starts resulted in a playoff appearance. It's interesting to note that in 2008, the Dolphins, Vikings and San Diego Chargers all reached the playoffs after losing their first two games of the season…

--Perfection! On Sunday, the AFC West was 4-0 as the Denver Broncos rolled the New York Giants, the San Diego Chargers won at Philadelphia, the Kansas City Chiefs edged the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders stifled the Jacksonville Jaguars. The first three wins mentioned, combined with the Washington Redskins loss at Lambeau Field, meant that the NFC East was zero for Sunday. And once again, combine those victories by the Broncos, Chargers and Chiefs with the Buffalo Bills' 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers and the AFC was a perfect 4-0 vs. NFC teams in Week 2…

--It is amazing to watch Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who ripped the Redskins on Sunday for 480 yards and four scores in the team's 38-20 win on Sunday. But you may be surprised just how impressive the numbers have been as of late. Dating back to the start of 2011, Rodgers has thrown an amazing 91 touchdown passes compared to only 15 interceptions. And talk about consistency; Rodgers has thrown for three or more score in 20 of those 33 contests…

--Back to the Chiefs. As impressive as their 2-0 start has been, it is a 4-0 stat that has garnered just as much attention. That's the number of takeaways followed by the number of turnovers by Kansas City in two games this season. Keep in mind that the Chiefs totaled an NFL-low 13 takeaways and committed a league-high 37 turnovers in 2012, giving the team a league-worst minus-24 turnover differential. The amazing coincidence here is that Chiefs were tied in all of those areas last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, led of course by current Kansas City head coach Andy Reid. And it should be fun on Thursday night in Philadelphia when Reid brings his unbeaten Chiefs to town…

--A little preview to Monday night's game at Cincinnati, where the Pittsburgh Steelers are 11-1 in their last 12 outings, including a playoff win in '05) dating back to 2002. Speaking of '02, that's the last time the Steelers opened a season 0-2. Stay tuned…

Russell S. Baxter has been covering the NFL for 30-plus years on all platforms. He is the founder of ProFootballGuru.com, writes for numerous websites and publications across the country and is blessed with an encyclopedic memory. Ready to talk NFL? Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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