Decent chances, you say?
That would be one view, given they are only two games behind the Arizona Cardinals in the division and still have two games left against the Cards, who are prone to, well, choke.
But I did a little digging, on which I am basing my Sunday preview story. Guess how many teams in NFL history have started their season 1-5 and have gone on to make the playoffs? Go ahead, guess.
Exactly one. The 1970 Cincinnati Bengals. And that was during a 14-game season. No teams have accomplished the feat since the league went to a 16-game season in 1978.
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That Bengals team actually started the season 1-6. They won their opener, dropped six straight, then reeled off seven straight wins to win the division at 8-6. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to Baltimore, which eventually won the title that season.
The quarterbacks coach on that Bengals team? Bill Walsh.