Saints Boast One of the Best NFL Records in December

Saints Boast One of the Best NFL Records in December
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Despite dealing with injuries and an up-and-down season, the New Orleans Saints sit atop the NFC South at 5-5 entering Week 12 of the NFL season.

And if they can fight through a week without starting quarterback Derek Carr, they can head into December with history on their side and generate some Louisiana sports betting excitement.

With one of the most important months of the NFL season coming up, utilized to find the records of every NFL team in December since 2013 to find the best to worst teams. Note that all teams didn’t participate in the same amount of games, so ranking is based on win percentage. 

December Records Since 2013

Rank Team Record Win%
1 Green Bay Packers 32-9 .780
2 Kansas City Chiefs 34-10 .773
3 Dallas Cowboys 28-14 .667
4 Pittsburgh Steelers 29-15 .659
5 Baltimore Ravens 27-17 .614
6 Philadelphia Eagles 25-17 .595
7 Seattle Seahawks 26-18 .591
8 New England Patriots 25-18 .581
9 San Francisco 49ers 25-19 .568
10 New Orleans Saints 23-18 .561
11 Buffalo Bills 23-20 .535
12 Indianapolis Colts 22-20 .524
T-13 Los Angeles Rams 23-21 .523
T-13 Cincinnati Bengals 23-21 .523
T-13 Los Angeles Chargers 23-21 .523
16 Minnesota Vikings 23-22 .511
17 Miami Dolphins 22-22 .500
18 Carolina Panthers 20-21 .487
19 Atlanta Falcons 20-22 .476
20 Denver Broncos 21-24 .467
21 Arizona Cardinals 20-23 .465
22 Detroit Lions 18-24 .429
23 Tennessee Titans 18-25 .419
24 New York Jets 18-27 .400
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-26 .395
26 Chicago Bears 16-26 .381
27 New York Giants 16-27-1 .375
T-28 Las Vegas Raiders 16-27 .372
T-28 Houston Texans 16-27 .372
30 Jacksonville Jaguars 15-29 .341
31 Washington Commanders 13-28-1 .321
32 Cleveland Browns 11-31 .262

The Saints playoff chances are very favorable. according to sportsbooks, with -210 odds to make the postseason vs. +175 against.

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Some Strong Finishes in Playoff Years

The Saints rank No. 10 with a 23-18 record for a .561 winning percentage since 2013. The time frame includes five playoff trips, and they were 13-9 in December in those years.

New Orleans was 3-1 in December 2018 when the team was 13-3 and reached the NFC Championship Game. The Saints lost. 26-23. to the Rams in a game that included a controversial no-call on a potential pass interference that killed a Saints drive. The top three December teams since 2013 have been the Green Bay Packers, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys.

Oddly enough, only the Chiefs among those teams have turned that hot December play into Super Bowl victories with two. The Packers had four trips to the NFC Championship Game, but lost all four. The Cowboys only have three playoff wins in five playoff trips in that time frame. So, December success doesn’t always lead to playoff success.

Louisiana betting apps still see the Chiefs as a Super Bowl favorite despite Monday’s loss to Philadelphia. Kansas City and the Eagles are tied for the best Super Bowl title odds with San Francisco at +450.

Carr, who has started all 10 games despite battling a shoulder injury, is still in the concussion protocol as the Saints prepare to face the 4-6 Atlanta Falcons in a crucial NFC South showdown on Sunday. If Carr can’t go, Jameis Winston, 34-46 as a starter in his career, would play in his place.

New Orleans has lost three of its past five games. Atlanta dropped four of five heading into its off week. The Saints are currently a 1-point favorite on the road against the Falcons, according to ESPN BET Louisiana, as they prepare for a December schedule with the Lions (8-1), Panthers (1-9), Giants (3-8), Rams (4-6) and Buccaneers (4-6).

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Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He currently runs the Student Media Department at Baylor University.

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