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So much for the bye week blues

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We noted last week that teams coming off a bye this year were 3-9.

There was some hand-wringing about the effects of mandated days off this year, but thought that the trend was nothing more than “statistical noise” mostly based on bad teams having early byes.

Week Eight seemed to prove our point. Teams coming off a bye were 5-1 Sunday, with the Patriots the only team to lose.  Teams are now 8-10 coming off a bye this year.

Al Michaels made a great point during Sunday’s telecast. Andy Reid always gives his team a full week off from work during the bye, and he’s 13-0 now after a bye in Philly.  It doesn’t mean that’s the only approach that works, but it does mean you don’t need a lot of practice during the bye week to be effective.

Only eight more teams have a bye this year.  Four teams are off this week, no teams have a bye in Week 10, and then four teams are off in Week 11.

The lockout created a funkier than usual schedule this year, resulting in the odd setup.

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20 Responses to “So much for the bye week blues”
  1. vickismydogg says: Oct 31, 2011 1:12 PM

    Cool story, bro.

  2. triptanes says: Oct 31, 2011 1:21 PM

    sample size, bro

  3. gallaghedj311 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:27 PM

    In Andy I trust

  4. giselleisasucubus says: Oct 31, 2011 1:31 PM

    yeah, tons of insight there…. The issues they are concerned about is tackling, timing, offensive tempo….btw- 8-10 coming off a bye week is terrible. Teams in the NFL typically needed that week to heal up. Now teams don’t tackle in practice anymore, which has led to crap defense already, and that HAS been an issue after a bye week.

  5. ern215 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:31 PM

    i hope my raiders continue the trend on sunday

  6. flyeaglesfly23 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:32 PM

    Nice to Reid and company *actually* do a better job and put guys in positions to make plays…I was starting to think he was just saying that…;)

  7. tecmobowl34 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:33 PM

    timtebowtimtebowtimtebow

  8. tommyjcaps says: Oct 31, 2011 1:35 PM

    I would love to see the data of what the combined record is for teams that the Eagles have played coming off of a bye.

    Just out of sheer curiosity.

    Anyone want to research that?

  9. mgscott says: Oct 31, 2011 1:40 PM

    Cure of the bye week blues.. Play the Browns

  10. gallaghedj311 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:42 PM

    They beat Peyton manning a few years ago coming off bye

  11. rmm1984 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:46 PM

    I’m hungry.

  12. blaz0037 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:55 PM

    So the Eagles beat the Cowboys and all of a sudden all of Phili now loves Andy Reid again.

    Only fair weather fans in PHI and NY could pull of such an “about face”.

    Let me guess, if they lose next week, you will demand he be fired. Again.

  13. test2402 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:57 PM

    Ham sandwich.

  14. whodey2038 says: Oct 31, 2011 2:00 PM

    Just curious but if teams coming off a bye are 8-10 and 8 teams still have a bye week left doesn’t that only make 26 teams?

  15. stanmark says: Oct 31, 2011 2:02 PM

    weak story, bro

  16. bunjy96 says: Oct 31, 2011 2:25 PM

    He didn’t count the 6 teams off this week.

  17. rgb2425 says: Oct 31, 2011 2:37 PM

    Why does anyone care

  18. blackbug99 says: Oct 31, 2011 2:57 PM

    tommyjcaps says:
    Oct 31, 2011 1:35 PM
    I would love to see the data of what the combined record is for teams that the Eagles have played coming off of a bye.

    Just out of sheer curiosity.

    Anyone want to research that?
    —————————————————-
    Is your google broken? Look it up!

  19. morm3993 says: Oct 31, 2011 3:07 PM

    Saying it doesn’t make it so. There’s no reason that the lock out created the patently absurd bye week schedule the NFL put out this year.

  20. pjack28 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:43 PM

    Duh! Winning!

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