What should we make of the Titans 3-0 start? Lucky or good (or both)?

You’re going to hear some variation of this stat approximately a million times between now and Sunday:

“The Titans are 3-0, but they’ve outscored their three opponents by a combined 6 points and those opponents are 1-8 so far this season. Tennessee is a soft 3-0.”

It’s true, and it’s pretty remarkable. The 2020 Titans are just the second NFL team since 1970 to have a 3-0 record with a +6 or lower point differential, tying the 2005 Redskins Football Team for that distinction according to Pro Football Reference.

In fact, only six other teams — besides the two mentioned above — have managed to get to 3-0 with a point differential of +10 or less: 1976 Raiders (+7), 1979 Browns (+9), 1988 Bills (+8), 1991 Bears (+8), 1999 Patriots (+9), and 2004 Jaguars (+7).

How did those previous teams fare after their fortunate starts?

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