Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/11/12
GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- From a historical perspective, Sunday's Week 1 loss to San Francisco is a bad omen for the Green Bay Packers. Since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, 379 of the 490 Kickoff Weekend losers failed to make the playoffs, a rate of 77.3 percent. For Green Bay, it's even more skewed. Of the 16 Packers teams to lose their opening game, only two rebounded to make the playoffs, a rate of just 12.5 percent. The only other time in Mike McCarthy's tenure that they lost in Week 1 was his first season, a 26-0 thumping at home against Chicago to kick off 2006. That team started 4-8. The Packers have started 0-2 five times under the current playoff format -- since 1990 -- and none of those teams made the postseason. On the other hand, there's this 10-year history for the Packers to consider as they make the short turnaround to a Thursday night showdown at home against Chicago: The Giants were clobbered at Washington 28-14 to start last season. New York, of course, ...
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