The NFL season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 7 with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs playing host to the Detroit Lions. The first three weeks of the season will be fully played in the month of September, with the Lions and Packers the only teams to play their week four game in the month as well.
With a 17 games schedule, getting off to a hot start early is crucial, so FloridaBet decided to break from Florida sports betting updates and see which NFL coaches have the best September records and who Florida fans and bettors can expect to get off to a good start. Using data from pro-football-reference.com, we were able to see which coaches have been most successful early in the year.
Best NFL Coaches in September
Below you'll find our list of NFL coaches who perform best in the month of September. Even if Florida betting apps were legal, you wouldn't likely see data like this on them.
Coaches must have at least three years as a head coach to qualify for this list.
Pederson Currently Florida's Best in September
Sean McVay of the L.A. Rams and Matt LaFleur of the Green Bay Packers have done the best job in the league of having their teams ready to go, with both of them winning over 75% of their September games. No other head coach in the league is over 70%. Bill Belichick has the most total September wins with 60.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a team on the upswing, reaching the playoffs and generating a post-season win last year and coach Doug Pederson is well positioned to get them off to a strong start in their quest to build on their success last year. You can follow the Jaguars playoff chances right here on FloridaBet.com all season. Pederson is 11-8-1 all time in the month of September, ranking him 11th on the list of current NFL coaches. The Jaguars open the season on the road but with a very winnable game against the Indianapolis Colts and finish the month with a home game against the Texans, another game they will be favored heavily in. In between is a home game against the Chiefs which would go a long way in setting the tone for the year. With their schedule and Pederson’s September pedigree, the Jags should be set up to enter October over .500.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t have as appetizing of a schedule, visiting the Vikings and hosting the Bears and Eagles. Making matters worse is coach Todd Bowles’ September record, a paltry 6-9 that has him in the bottom half of the league's coaches. The Buccaneers are widely expected to be one of the league's worst teams this year so a winless September wouldn’t be a shock to anyone. The Buccaneers playoff chances appear to be among the lowest in the NFL to begin the season. That can all change very quickly as the NFL is unpredictable and often surprises us at every turn.