Commanders A Middling October Team In Recent Seasons

Commanders A Middling October Team In Recent Seasons
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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

RankTeamRecordWin %
1New Orleans Saints15-4.789
2Minnesota Vikings14-5.737
3Baltimore Ravens13-6.684
T-4Los Angeles Rams14-7.667
T-4Pittsburgh Steelers12-6.667
T-6Seattle Seahawks13-7.650
T-6Green Bay Packers13-7.650
8New England Patriots14-8.636
T-9Buffalo Bills12-7.632
T-9Tennessee Titans12-7.632
11Kansas City Chiefs13-8.619
12Arizona Cardinals14-9.609
13Indianapolis Colts12-8.600
14Dallas Cowboys11-8.579
15Philadelphia Eagles12-9.571
16Los Angeles Chargers10-8.556
17San Francisco 49ers11-12.478
T-18New York Jets9-12.429
T-18Washington Commanders9-12.429
T-18Atlanta Falcons9-12.429
T-18Tampa Bay Buccaneers9-12.429
T-18Houston Texans9-12.429
23Carolina Panthers9-13.409
24Las Vegas Raiders6-11.353
25Cincinnati Bengals7-13.350
T-26New York Giants7-14.333
T-26Cleveland Browns7-14.333
T-26Denver Broncos7-14.333
29Chicago Bears6-14.300
30Detroit Lions5-13.278
31Miami Dolphins5-14.263
32Jacksonville Jaguars3-17.150, 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).

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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 betting 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.

The Washington Commanders Super Bowl odds range from +7500 to +12500 at various sportsbook operators, so it pays to shop around for the best line if you’re interested in making that wager.



Jim Tomlin has nearly 30 years of experience in journalism, having worked at such publications as the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag, Saturdays Down South and Saturday Tradition. He is a contributing writer and editor for

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