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 sports betting in mind and compiled data from ChampsorChumps to see how every team to start 3-0 over the previous five seasons has ultimately fared.
How NFL Teams Starting 3-0 Finish
Below is some information that Louisiana sportsbook apps likely won't have. Here’s where recent 3-0 squads have gone on the field in recent years.
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.