Week 2 of the NFL season saw a pair of 20+ point comebacks, five teams falling to 0-2 and some monster performances from some of the league’s biggest-name quarterbacks. And while it’s never too early to think about the postseason, here’s a look at how Week 2’s biggest story lines could affect the playoff picture with insights from Sports Illustrated’s postseason ticket booking.
Dolphin stock is soaring
The Dolphins’ remarkable comeback against the Ravens on Sunday has Miami fans thinking big. Per SI Tickets, Dolphins Super Bowl reservation prices increased 76%, the largest of the week.
After falling behind 28-7 after three quarters and 35-14 after three quarters, the Dolphins roared back in a dynamic fourth quarter that showed why this team has so much potential. Tyreke Hill had three catches of 20 yards or more in the final quarter, including a pair of long touchdowns that helped get Miami back in the game. And it wasn’t just Hill where Tua Tagovailoa got the ball: Jaylen Waddle had 11 catches for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns as part of a 469-yard day for Tagovailoa.
The next challenge for Tagovailoa and the Dolphins will be a big test against a Bills team that looks strong through two weeks. Surprisingly, Dolphins fans are set to demonstrate in South Florida, where the average ticket price for this game is $467, according to SI Tickets.
The Niners are not done without Lance
For most teams, losing your starting quarterback for the season is a fatal blow to any playoff aspirations. But for the 49ers, Trey Lance’s season-ending ankle injury won’t close the door on the postseason this season. In fact, per SI Tickets, the 49ers’ divisional round reservation price actually increased 5% after Jimmy Garoppolo took over for the Lance for the rest of the season.
Having led the Niners to the Super Bowl in 2019 and the NFC Championship Game in 2021, Garoppolo is not your average backup. He didn’t look too rusty after taking over for Lance in the middle of San Francisco’s Week 2 win over the Seahawks. Over 60% of his passes without a turnover in the 27-7 win. His next test was a Sunday night football This week’s showdown with the Broncos in Denver has a 3-week high average ticket price of over $700 per SI tickets.
Trouble in the Mile High City
It’s safe to say the Broncos’ season hasn’t gone according to plan so far. Although Denver got its first win on Sunday against the Texans, a lot of lethargy and offensive struggles didn’t inspire much confidence. As a result, reservation prices for the Broncos in the Super Bowl dropped 37% in one week, according to SI Tickets.
All hope should not be lost for the Broncos just yet. Nathaniel Hackett has only coached two games in his career, Russell Wilson is adjusting to a new team and system, and Denver’s defense has played well thus far. But Wilson’s visions of exploding thanks to an offense-friendly coach in Hackett and tons of skill position talent like Javonte Williams, Courtland Sutton and Jerry Judy have yet to materialize.
Are the Giants playoff-bound?
Brian Daboll and the Giants are 2-0 after beating the Panthers 19-16 on Sunday, the second straight gutsy win that took until the final minutes to close out. But with the team’s first 2-0 start in six years already under way and a manageable upcoming schedule, Giants fans can dare to dream about a postseason berth. According to SI Tickets, divisional round reservation prices for the Giants are up 27% and are now the second highest in the NFC East.
With home games over the next two weeks against the Cowboys (and backup QB Cooper Rush) and the Bears, the Giants have a real chance to start 4-0 and put themselves in an excellent playoff position. That was quite a win for Daboll in his first season taking over for Joe Judge. Tickets for Monday night’s matchup with Dallas are listed at an average of $456 per SI tickets.
The numbers behind the NFL’s seven winless teams
Data is limited on how unlikely players are to make the playoffs after starting 0-2 in the new playoff format, but all 18 0-2 starters since the postseason expansion in 2020 have missed the playoffs. Connor Orr believes that will change this year considering some of the talent currently without a win (including the defending AFC champions).
Should the 0–2 Bengals be in panic mode? Not yet, Orr says, but after a turnover-filled first week against the Steelers, Cooper Rush and a loss to the Cowboys on Sunday won’t inspire much confidence. Divisional round reservation prices for each SI tickets have come down by more than 20% after the loss of 2 this week. Meanwhile, the Raiders’ 0-2 start comes after blowing a huge lead against the Cardinals over the weekend. While still not a devastating blow to their postseason hopes, divisional round reservation prices are down 13%.
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