Beware The Super Bowl Champion Week Two Letdown
I'm always looking for the hidden trends and stats in the NFL like the first to score trend or the unofficial record that Ricky Proehl holds for catching not one but two fourth quarter game-tying Super Bowl touchdowns.
There's another trend that has emerged and it's one Packers fans should note: we all know Super Bowl champions open on a Thursday with a wave of emotion that ends in a victory. However, Week Two is a different story.
Here's the Week Two results for Super Bowl champions (in all caps) since 2005:
2005 Carolina 27, NEW ENGLAND 17
2006 Jacksonville 9, PITTSBURGH 0
2007 INDIANAPOLIS 22, Tennessee 20
2008 NY GIANTS 41, St. Louis 13
2009 Chicago 17, PITTSBURGH 14
2010 NEW ORLEANS 25, San Francisco 22
3-3 record, so what's the big deal? The '07 Colts nearly gave it away to Tennessee who had the ball in Colts territory in the final minute. Last year the Saints won with a field goal on the final play against a team that would start the year 0-5. The underlying theme here is once the championship banner is unveiled and the adrenaline of the season opener subsides, the rest of the NFL takes its best shot at the champs.
As all these teams found out the road to repeat is long and painful when the target is on your back. Indeed, once January rolled around postseason success almost disappeared. Defending champions are 1-4 with the lone win by New England in '05. Against 2010's worst team the Packers should get a victory but nothing will come easy from here on out.