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Cowboys playoff tracker: How loss to Panthers affects Cowboys’ playoff chances Every year Authentic Demarcus Lawrence Jersey , 12 out of 32 teams make the NFL playoffs. The NFL may up that number to 14 at some point, but for now the number is still fixed at 12. That means that prior to Week 1, each NFL team had a 12 out of 32 chance (38%) of making the playoffs.With the first week of NFL action in the books, 15 teams are undefeated, 15 teams are winless, and two outsmarted themselves en route to a tie. Does that mean the winless teams should start tanking for a better draft spot? And should the undefeated teams start resting their starters for the playoffs?Not so fast. Since realignment in 2002, 130 of the 192 playoff teams (or about two thirds of all playoff teams) won their season-opener. But there were also 62 teams (about a third of all playoff teams) that made the playoffs after losing their season-opener, including the 2014 Super Bowl winning Patriots Womens Connor Williams Jersey , who stumbled out of the gate with a loss to the Dolphins in Week 1, 2014.But because of the brevity of the NFL season with just 16 games, every game carries an inordinate weight in determining a team’s playoff odds. After Week 1, the playoff odds shift significantly from the 38% all teams shared before kickoff weekend. Overall, exactly 51% of the teams (130 of 257 teams) that won their season opener since 2002 also made the playoffs. Conversely, only 24% of the teams that lost their season opener eventually made the playoffs over the same period.The table below summarizes what the historic playoff odds look like over the first nine games of the season, depending on a team’s record at any given time.That historic record puts a lot of pressure on the Cowboys and all other 0-1 teams to win their next game. Because the brevity of the NFL season also means that if you follow up a season-opening loss with more losses, you’ll be out of the playoff race pretty fast. If you’re one of the teams that stumbled out of the gate on opening weekend Womens Chidobe Awuzie Jersey , your 0-1 record means next week’s game is already something of a must-win game: Start the season 0-2 and your odds of making the playoffs drop to just 11%; three consecutive losses to start the season and for all intents and purposes your season is over. The Cowboys lost their opener, and are now looking at a 24% historical chance at the playoffs. If they had won, they’d be sitting pretty with a 51% historical chance at the playoffs. To get back to that 50% level, the Cowboys will have to win their next two games.Losing their season opener was a significant speed bump for the Cowboys on their road to the playoffs, and they’ll have to pick up the pace over the next few games if they want to stay on track in the playoff race.We’ll continue monitoring the Cowboys’ playoff chances every week, and it would sure be nice if we could talk about a 1-1 record after next week. Not just because it would up the Cowboys’ playoff odds to 42%, but also because it would put the Giants in a position where their Week 3 game in Houston might mean the end of their season after just three games (again). Mike McGlinchey's first test as an NFL tackle came against one of the league's top pass rushers in Dallas' DeMarcus Lawrence.Things will only get tougher this week when McGlinchey must contend with three-time former AP Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney when the 49ers travel to Houston for two days of practice against the Texans before an exhibition game on Saturday."It's going to be fun. It's definitely going to be fun," McGlinchey said. "That's why you play in the NFL Authentic Dak Prescott Jersey , to play against the biggest and the baddest dudes and they have three or four of them. It's going to be pretty fun. I'm more worried about the heat monster than those guys. As long as I can stay upright and not lose 15 pounds in practice, I'll come out a winner."McGlinchey and the 49ers were pleased with his exhibition debut against the Cowboys when he was matched up with Lawrence — who tied for second in the NFL with 14 1/2 sacks last year — on the first drive and stayed for two more to get as much experience as possible before the start of the regular season.McGlinchey mostly held his own, although he was upset about his technique on a bull rush move by Lawrence that led to a hit on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo."I was really happy with Mike," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "First game for him. That's why we left him in there a little bit longer. By no means was it perfect, but it was very easy to see that the game is not too big for him. He's very comfortable out there. He looks like the player he looked in college when we studied him, how he's looked in practice. He got out there and didn't change. He's a guy who I think gets better as the game goes on because he is talented, but he also is very smart and doesn't get overwhelmed with things. When he does make a mistake, he usually learns from it."The 49ers are counting on big things this season from McGlinchey after drafting him ninth overall out of Notre Dame in April and then trading last year's starter at right tackle , Trent Brown, to New England.San Francisco immediately put McGlinchey in the starting lineup in the offseason and is grooming him to eventually take over for stalwart Joe Staley on the left side.The two have struck up an immediate friendship based in part on a shared history. Staley's college coach at Central Michigan was Brian Kelly, who later took over at Notre Dame. Several of Kelly's assistants coached Staley in college and used him as an example at Notre Dame.McGlinchey said that because the two approach the game in a similar way, he has peppered Staley with 20 to 30 questions each day about how to excel as a tackle in the NFL."It's been great," he said. "I really can't think of myself being any luckier than I am because I do ask a lot of questions. I don't really leave him alone. He doesn't ever turn me away. He doesn't ever say shut up or anything like that so he's there for me. He's there to help me with anything I see."It's become a bit of a running joke how close the two have become the past few months with Staley calling McGlinchey his best friend and little brother."The reason why is I see so much potential," Staley said. "He has the absolute right mindset to succeed in the NFL. The guy is really hungry to learn every single day. He comes to meetings and asks the right questions and picks up the playbook really well. I just see all the potential he has. I think he has nothing but great things ahead in his career. I look forward to being a mentor to a younger guy and teaching him things I've learned and hopefully he can surpass me some day."NOTES: The 49ers signed RB Alfred Morris to a one-year deal to add depth with Jerick McKinnon (calf) and Matt Breida (shoulder) injured. ... OL Alan Knott was waived to make room on the roster.
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