Washington rallied for victory in its first two NFL games this season, giving hope to the team’s fans that the Commanders playoff chances were starting to look strong. Then came Sunday’s 37-3 rout at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, and the reality that this is still a young team that does not have it all together hit hard for fans and the team’s Virginia sports betting backers.
But how does October look for the burgundy and gold? With five games ahead in the next calendar month, we took a look at how every NFL team has done in October since 2018:
NFL Records In October Since 2018
BetVirginia.com, your home for the best Virginia sportsbook promotions, used StatMuse to figure out how each team has done in October games since the 2018 season. Not every team played the same number of games, so we went by winning percentage to calculate our list.
Washington was right in the middle of the pack for October games over the previous five seasons. The Commanders were part of a logjam, one of five teams tied for the No. 18 spot out of 32 teams, with a 9-12 mark (a .429 winning percentage). The Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all finished with the same record. That was just ahead of the Carolina Panthers (9-13, .409) and just behind the San Francisco 49ers (11-12, .478).
Commanders 2023 NFL Schedule
This season’s five-game October slate will be critical for Washington, with all five coming against NFC foes including three games within the East Division. On Sunday the Commanders are at the Eagles, with Philadelphia a 7-point favorite at Virginia sportsbook apps.
After that comes a Thursday night game at home Oct. 5 against the Chicago Bears. The Bears look pretty poor so far, so Washington should be a solid favorite. The rest of the month’s schedule sees the Commanders play Oct. 15 at Atlanta against the Falcons, Oct. 22 at the Giants in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and on Oct. 29 Washington faces Philadelphia again, this time at home at FedEx Field.
By the time coach Ron Rivera’s team gets through that portion of the schedule, the team will be eight games into a 17-game regular season and we’ll have a better idea if the Washington Commanders playoff chances look realistic.
Washington Commanders Seek Rebound
After coming back to defeat the Arizona Cardinals and the Denver Broncos in the first two weeks, Washington came back down hard when Buffalo came to town. Washington only avoided a shutout thanks to Joey Slye’s 51-yard field goal with 50 seconds remaining in the game. By that time Buffalo had already amassed nearly 400 yards of total offense, forced four interceptions by Sam Howell and sacked the young quarterback nine times. Running back Brian Robinson Jr. was a bit of a bright spot for the Commanders, with 70 yards on just 10 carries, but Washington was held to 230 yards and Buffalo had 34:39 in time of possession as the Commanders fell to 2-1.
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