How three-game records translate later

The 4-0 record NFC West teams posted in Week 2 renewed questions from some over the likelihood of the division producing more than one playoff team.

1990-2011 NFL Playoff Teams by Start

The chart makes no promises. It does provide a general feel for the likelihood of teams reaching postseason under the current format based on their records through three games.

The Arizona Cardinals (3-0) have to like their chances heading into games against Miami (home), St. Louis (road) and Buffalo (home). But as the San Francisco 49ers' defeat at Minnesota demonstrated Sunday, there are no guarantees. Arizona plays six of nine on the road beginning in October, which means ... little if the team plays the way it did at New England.