Is Saints' Dennis Allen The Worst NFL Head Coach In September?

Is Saints' Dennis Allen The Worst NFL Head Coach In September?
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Year Two of the Dennis Allen era in New Orleans kicks off this month, with the New Orleans Saints looking to snap their two-year playoff drought. You can follow the Saints playoff chances all season here on Allen and the Saints begin that quest in earnest at the Superdome on Sept. 10, when the Tennessee Titans come to the Crescent City for a matinee season opener that CBS will air nationally.  

With Louisiana sportsbooks getting ready for the NFL season, we decided to give you a list of NFL coaches and how they fair in the month of September.  Hopefully, this information will help with any betting decisions you make in the first month of the 2023-24 season.

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Best NFL Head Coach Records in September

With kickoff just days away, utilized data from to see which NFL head coaches get off to a hot start and have the best winning percentage in the month of September. 

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

Coaches must have at least three years as a head coach to qualify for this list.  

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Allen The NFL’s Worst September Coach

Allen’s biggest stumbling block in his four years of coaching in the NFL has been his slow starts with the Las Vegas Raiders and Saints. Between the two clubs, Allen’s posted a 3-12 mark in the first calendar month of the NFL regular season in four seasons as an NFL head coach, which isn’t far from his 53-game record with both teams (15-38, or .283).  This type of information can be helpful when deciding how you want to bet on the Saints at sportsbooks like bet365 Louisiana.

Leaguewide, Allen ranks behind Zac Taylor of the Cincinnati Bengals (5-9-1/36.67%), Frank Reich of the Carolina Panthers (6-10-1/38.24%), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles (6-9/40%) when it comes to the worst September win percentages among NFL veteran head coaches. This year’s schedule should allow Allen and the Saints to right that record somewhat, with games against three straight teams with sub-.500 records a year ago. Between the Titans and Carolina Panthers (who went 7-10 apiece in 2022) and the Green Bay Packers (who went 8-9), the opening month of the 2023 season could be a blessing for Allen and the Saints.  

That road to redemption begins on Sept. 10 in New Orleans, however, with the Saints needing to make an early statement when the Titans come to town in Week 1. It seems like oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook Louisiana are confident in the Saints’ chances of doing just that, with the New York-based operator giving Allen and company +2500 of going 6-0 against NFC South opponents this season.  



Christopher Boan writes for and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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