Joe Burrow and the rest of the defending AFC champions certainly expected better. Fresh off the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance in over 30 years, the Bengals' conference title defense is off to a tumultuous start. Cincinnati is 0-2 after dropping a pair of three-point games to Pittsburgh and Dallas. 

The Bengals' offensive woes are perhaps more concerning than Cincinnati's winless start. Burrow, sacked 70 times a year ago, has already been sacked 13 times this season despite the Bengals' heavy investment in their offensive line during free agency. Despite the issues, Burrow and his teammates remain resolute in their resolve. 

"O-and-two is tough, but there is no panic," Burrow said, via The Athletic. "There's a lot of ball left to be played."

"We are itching for a win right now," running back Joe Mixon said. "No need to panic, but at the end of the day, we got to start going. We know what we got in our locker room. Our defense has been playing their ass off. We have to do whatever we can do on offense to counter what's going on. It's an unfortunate situation but we got to be the ones to dig ourselves out."

The Titans, one of the teams the Bengals vanquished during last year's playoff run, are also 0-2 after getting beaten soundly in Buffalo on Monday night. The Titans and Bengals are the most surprising of the five teams that are currently 0-2 entering the regular season's third week. 

It's not a well-traveled road, but teams that have started 0-2 have indeed reached the Super Bowl. Four teams have overcome 0-2 starts to reach the big game. Three of those teams left the Super Bowl hosting the Vince Lombardi Trophy, proving that it's not always how you start, it's how you finish that makes all the difference. 

Here's a look at the four teams the Bengals and Titans will try to join in the history books when it's all said and done. 


1993 Cowboys

Finished 12-4, 1st in NFC East

Defeated the Bills 30-13 in Super Bowl XXVIII

Main reason for slow start: Emmitt Smith, the league's leading rusher during the previous season, missed the first two games over a contract dispute. Without Smith, the defending champion Cowboys were blown out by Washington in Week 1. A three-point loss in a Super Bowl rematch with Buffalo was enough to convince Jerry Jones to get Smith at the bargaining table and back on the field. 

Main reason for fast finish: With Smith back, the Cowboys won six straight games, with Smith rumbling for a career-high 237 yards against the Eagles. Smith closed out his MVP season with an all-time performance in the Cowboys' regular-season finale against the Giants. Despite dealing with a separated shoulder, Smith ran for 168 yards and caught 10 passes for 61 yards and a score as Dallas won in overtime.