Buccaneers can't afford 0-3 start

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose to the New England Patriots on Sunday, they pretty much can forget about ending up in the playoffs.

The Bucs already are 0-2. According to ESPN Stats & Information, only 12 percent of teams to start 0-2 since 1990 have made the playoffs. When it comes to 0-3 teams, the rate drops to about 3 percent.

Over the past four seasons, 30 teams have started a season 0-2 and none has made the playoffs. Only three teams have won the Super Bowl after an 0-2 start -- the 1993 Dallas Cowboys, the 2001 Patriots and the 2007 New York Giants.