It's Monday. The Panthers lost yesterday, whether you view it as a fluke or now you are in OMGZ WE IZ DA WORST mode, it still makes waking up a little harder. But you did it, you got up and you read James' MMO and you are feeling a little better about life. But now you want stats of the past 15 NFL Super Bowl winners and how their season started and more. Well, you are in luck because I've done some research.
Week 1 of past NFL Super Bowl Champions:
Now before you start saying "But MF, that shows that only 5 out of the last 15 Super Bowl champions lost their first week!!", let me explain and take a deeper look at those "five" teams and their opponents.
The 2011 New York Giants played the Washington Redskins
and lost 28-14, but still finished their season with a 9-7 record. Another note about this is that the Redskins went on to NOT make the playoffs with a record of 5-11, even though they went on to beat the soon to be Super Bowl Champions.
The 2007 New York Giants played the Dallas Cowboys
and lost 45-35, but still finished their season with a 10-6 record. The Dallas Cowboys did go on to make the playoffs with a 13-3 record but, catch this, lost to the Giants in their first game (they had a bye).
The 2003 New England Patriots played the Buffalo Bills
and lost 31-0, but still finished their season with a 14-2 record. The Buffalo Bills went on to NOT make the playoffs and finishing with a 6-10 record.
The 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers played the New Orleans Saints and lost 26-20, but still finished the season with a 12-4 record. The New Orleans Saints, if you haven't caught onto, went to NOT make the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
The 2001 New England Patriots played the Cincinnati Bengals
and lost 23-17, but still managed to finish the season 11-5. As for the Bengals, well they failed to make the playoffs with a record of 6-10.
So in conclusion we have this. Out of those "five" teams they all went on to win the Super Bowl (obviously). But more importantly, they all went on to have a great season and finish better than the 2011 Carolina Panthers
did. I believe the Panthers will win the Super Bowl in the near future, so having a record over .500 would be a great step towards that this year. No matter if it takes all nasty and ugly wins, as long as we are over .500 we have made a great stride from the past two years and can count 2012 as a good year. A win is a win is a win! As for the teams those "five" teams lost to? Well, most of them went on to have a losing record/under .500. The only one that was able to make the playoffs were the Cowboys and they got ousted by the team they beat in the beginning of the year.
For me, MMO plus this make me feel a lot better about our team. I was sad, I was not thinking the sky was falling but now I still feel confident and ready to take on the league. How about you? Thoughts? Still worried?