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October 12, 1998
Whichever team struts away with the W in that Eagles-Redskins tilt better get some celebrating in-there might not be much more for the winners to party about in the near future. Since 1970, 54 teams have, like Philadelphia and Washington, begun a season 0-5. Two (the'81 Redskins and the '84 Bengals) recovered and finished at .500, but in most cases the pitiful performance carried over into the next year—or beyond. Here's how long it took the slow starters to get back to a winning record.
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October 12, 1998

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Whichever team struts away with the W in that Eagles-Redskins tilt better get some celebrating in-there might not be much more for the winners to party about in the near future. Since 1970, 54 teams have, like Philadelphia and Washington, begun a season 0-5. Two (the'81 Redskins and the '84 Bengals) recovered and finished at .500, but in most cases the pitiful performance carried over into the next year—or beyond. Here's how long it took the slow starters to get back to a winning record.

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