What Would A 3-0 Start Mean For The Saints?

What Would A 3-0 Start Mean For The Saints?
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It was a Monday night to remember for fans of the New Orleans Saints, who used two touchdowns from running back Tony Jones Jr. to beat the Carolina Panthers, 20-17. The victory moved New Orleans to 2-0 for the young season, ahead of a Week 3 road showdown at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Following the Saints’ Monday Night victory over the Panthers, LouisianaBets.com is looking ahead with Louisiana sportsbooks in mind and compiled data from ChampsorChumps to see how every team to start 3-0 over the previous five seasons has ultimately fared.  

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How NFL Teams Starting 3-0 Finish

Below is some information that Louisiana sports betting apps likely won't have. Here’s where recent 3-0 squads have gone on the field in recent years.  

Year Team Final Record/Result
2022 Philadelphia Eagles 14-3, Lost in Super Bowl
2022 Miami Dolphins 9-8, Lost in AFC Wild Card Round
2021 Arizona Cardinals 11-6; Lost in NFC Wild Card Round
2021 Denver Broncos 7-10; Missed Playoffs
2021 Carolina Panthers 5-12; Missed Playoffs
2021 LA Rams 12-5; Won Super Bowl
2021 Las Vegas Raiders 10-7; Lost in AFC Wild Card Round
2020 Green Bay Packers 13-3; Lost in NFC Championship Game
2020 Kansas City Chiefs 14-2; Lost in Super Bowl
2020 Seattle Seahawks 12-4; Lost in NFC Wild Card Round
2020 Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4; Lost in AFC Wild Card Round
2020 Chicago Bears 8-8; Lost in NFC Wild Card Round
2020 Buffalo Bills 13-3; Lost in AFC Championship Game
2020 Tennessee Titans 11-5; Lost in AFC Wild Card Game
2019 New England Patriots 12-4; Lost in AFC Wild Card Game
2019 Dallas Cowboys 8-8; Missed Playoffs
2019 San Francisco 49ers 13-3; Lost in Super Bowl
2019 Kansas City Chiefs 12-4; Won Super Bowl
2019 LA Rams 9-7; Missed Playoffs
2019 Green Bay Packers 13-3; Lost in NFC Championship Game
2019 Buffalo Bills 10-6; Lost in AFC Wild Card Game
2018 LA Rams 13-3; Lost in Super Bowl
2018 Kansas City Chiefs 12-4; Lost in AFC Championship Game
2018 Miami Dolphins 7-9; Missed Playoffs

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3-0 NFL Teams Have Thrived Of Late

It seems like New Orleans should go ahead and plan on making the postseason if they win this weekend, based on how recent 3-0 teams have fared at season’s end. A win would certainly increase the Saints playoff chances. Of the last 24 NFL teams to begin the season with three straight wins, 20 wound up making the playoffs, meaning a whopping 83.3% of those squads made the postseason. In the last five seasons, 41.7% of NFL teams that began the year 3-0 made it to their given conference’s championship round or further, while six of the last 10 Super Bowl teams started the season with a 3-0 record.  

New Orleans’ last 3-0 start came in 2013, when they beat the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals in succession — en route to an 11-5 campaign that saw them ultimately fall to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional round. Fast forward a decade, and the Dennis Allen-coached club is once again looking to start the year with a trifecta of wins.  

Looking forward to Sunday, the Saints are currently listed on BetMGM Sportsbook Louisiana as a 2-point underdog, with a moneyline of +105 on the contest. With the right mixture of good luck and good play, New Orleans can start the season 3-0 for the first time in a decade, which could go a long way towards snapping the franchise’s three-year playoff drought.  



Christopher Boan writes for LouisianaBets.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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