Under coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots long ago established themselves as the most consistent Super Bowl contenders across the NFL, collecting six titles with Tom Brady under center from 2001-2018 (and going to nine Super Bowls total).
But while the franchise has become synonymous with postseason success, clutch playoff wins only tell part of the story of how Belichick, Brady and the rest of the Patriots wrecked havoc across the league for nearly two decades.
With the NFL season coming in just a few weeks, BetMassachusetts utilized StatMuse.com to find the records of every NFL team in September since 2010.
To little surprise, the data revealed that the Patriots in that time frame have the best record during the first month of the NFL season, a key part of their ability to consistently qualify for the postseason. It's also a key stat for gamblers to know now that Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a Massachusetts sports betting bill into law.
Since the 2010 season, the Patriots are 29-12 in September with a 70.7% winning percentage, just ahead of the Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers for the best mark across the league. That stretch covers the last 10 seasons of Brady in Foxborough, as well as the past two seasons with Cam Newton and Mac Jones under center.
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Can The Mac Jones-Led Pats Continue to Own September?
It goes without saying that since Brady's departure to Tampa Bay, the Patriots have not been quite the force they once were, both in terms of early season success and playoff fate. After missing the postseason with Newton in 2020, the Patriots bounced back to win 10 games with the rookie Jones last season, though the team made an early playoff exit against the Bills.
With Jones now clearly the signal caller for years to come, can he help replicate the early season success that was such a staple with Brady? Despite a promising rookie campaign, Jones lost offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to the Raiders this offseason, and it seems former Lions coach Matt Patricia, a defensive coach by trade, is leading the Pats' offensive attack this year, an unusual transition to say the least.
This September will be a good case test for the former Alabama QB, and the best Massachusetts betting apps will be following his performance closely. When the apps go live, operators like Caesars sportsbook Massachusetts should offer plenty of Mac Jones-centric prop bets.
Pats Face Early Test in Miami
The Patriots open the 2022 NFL season in Miami against a Dolphins squad that has added significant talent in the offseason, specifically speedy WR Tyreek Hill from Kansas City.
In fact, the Dolphins have largely had Belichick's number in Miami, as the Pats are just 2-7 in their last nine trips down there. They've dropped their last two games in Miami the past couple of seasons and also lost to former Fins coach Brian Flores in Foxborough last year.
To put it mildly, the Pats will have their hands full in Week 1.
Then The Usual Suspects
After the Miami opener, the rest of the Patriots' September schedule will see them go toe-to-toe with familiar AFC North foes.
First up, the Pats travel to Pittsburgh to take on the new-look Steelers on Sept. 18. Should the Pats stumble again in Miami, this could be a good bounce-back opportunity, as the Steelers will learn this season how fickle wins can be in the NFL without an established quarterback following Ben Roethlisberger's retirement.
Finally, the Pats will close out September with their first home game, as Lamar Jackson and the Ravens come to town on Sept. 25.
While the Ravens uncharacteristically missed the playoffs last year, Jackson is expected to put up big numbers as he looks to land a megadeal extension from the Baltimore brass after the season. The Patriots defense will look to contain Jackson on the ground, and the hope is that by Week 3 the Jones-Patricia braintrust will have the offense looking ready to make another march to the postseason.
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With the NFL season coming in just a few weeks, BetMassachusetts utilized StatMuse.com to find the records of every NFL team in September since 2010 to find the best to worst teams during the first month of the NFL season. Note that all teams haven't played the same amount of games in September, so rank was based on win percentage.
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