Which NFL Coaches Excel in September?

Which NFL Coaches Excel in September?
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There have been huge expectations set upon the Buffalo Bills for the past couple of years with quarterback Josh Allen at the helm, but have their September starts been  in the way of their ultimate goal at the end of each season? As we head into yet another season of strong Bills Super Bowl odds, let’s see how Sean McDermott and his team has performed in September.

Best NFL Coaches in September

EmpireStakes.com – your source for New York sports betting - utilized data from Pro-Football-Reference.com to see which coaches get off to a hot start and have the best winning percentages in September games. Coaches must have at least three seasons as a head coach to qualify for this list.

There is a ton of information out there. Here are some more numbers that could help if you want to place a wager.

Team Coach Sept. Record Winning Pct.
Rams Sean McVay 16-4 .800
Packers Matt LaFleur 10-3 .769
Browns Kevin Stefanski 6-3 .667
Ravens John Harbaugh 33-17 .660
Bills Sean McDermott 13-7 .650
Titans Mike Vrabel 11-6 .647
Cowboys Mike McCarthy 34-19-1 .639
Chiefs  Andy Reid 51-29 .638
Patriots Bill Belichick 60-35 .632
Seahawks Pete Carroll 36-21 .632
Jaguars Doug Pederson 11-8-1 .575
Broncos Sean Payton 27-23 .540
Steelers Mike Tomlin 28-25-1 .528
49ers Kyle Shanahan 9-10 .474
Commanders Ron Rivera 18-21 .462
Raiders Josh McDaniels 4-5 .444
Buccaneers Todd Bowles 6-9 .400
Panthers Frank Reich 6-10-1 .382
Bengals Zac Taylor 5-9-1 .367
Saints Dennis Allen 3-12 .200


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McDermott Among Best in September

The first month starts certainly have not hurt the state’s “third” team. McDermott (13-7), who begins his seventh season, ranks fifth among coaches listed with a 65% winning percentage in September. Another strong start will bolter the Bills playoff chances, of course. McDermott has posted a career record of 65-39 at Buffalo, with the last three seasons posting 13, 11 and 13 wins, respectively. However, his postseason record is 4-5.

The Early Road for Buffalo

Two of the Bills’ three games in September are on the road, highlighted by a season-opening Monday Night matchup at AFC East and in-state rival New York Jets Sept. 11  (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.). Buffalo leads the all-time series, 68-57, and has won five of the last six meetings. If you are considering a wager on that one be sure to use NY sportsbook promos.

Buffalo’s home opener follows in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders Sept. 17 (CBS, 1 p.m.). That all-time series is tied at 21-21, with the Bills winning two in a row and three of the last five. Rounding out the month is a visit down to the nation’s capital to visit the Washington Commanders Sept. 24 (CBS, 1 p.m.). Buffalo leads the series, 10-6, with two consecutive wins and eight in its last nine.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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