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Bills unhappy about facing several teams coming off extra rest

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The Bills face the Jets this weekend and, for the second time this season, the Jets will be heading into the game off extra rest.

The Jets had a bye in Week 10 and they had played on Thursday night in Week Two before their first matchup with the Bills, something the Bills feel leaves them at a disadvantage against their AFC East rivals. It’s a situation the Bills have found themselves in often this year as they’ve faced the Dolphins and Saints coming out of bye weeks and the Bengals after a Thursday night game. They’ll face the Jaguars 10 days after Jacksonville’s previous outing later in the season and the team has reached out to the league to complain about facing six well-rested teams this season.

“We certainly have talked to the league about this because it’s been disappointing where teams are coming off a bye or a long week,” CEO Russ Brandon said, via the team’s website. “This is the second time we’re playing the Jets coming off a Thursday night game and now we’re playing them coming off a bye. We lead the league in amount of games coming off of extra time or a bye week. It is a very, very tough job what they have in scheduling with all the different things that go into the formula and the stadium commitments and TV schedules, but it’s certainly something that needs to be addressed.”

There is just one other team in the league with as many as four games against opponents coming off extra rest, which certainly works against the parity that the league strives for in other facets of the game. The difficulties of making the schedule will always leave someone with a short stick, but it’s hard to disagree with the Bills’ feeling that it need not be so much shorter than all the others.

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  1. thepftpoet says: Nov 13, 2013 11:19 AM

    Use this to your advantage buffalo

    As they say, Sleep is the cousin of death

  2. trackcoachryan says: Nov 13, 2013 11:20 AM

    The Eagles were in a similar situation last year although I don’t think it was quite that bad

  3. whoisrdymlz says: Nov 13, 2013 11:21 AM

    Bye weeks are dumb. Get rid of them altogether.

  4. grogansheroes says: Nov 13, 2013 11:21 AM

    Wah, Wah, cry me a river. It works both ways, some teams play terrible with extra rest, or coming off a bye.

  5. coltzfan166 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:23 AM

    If you’re a truly great team, you’ll find a way to win no matter what. This wouldn’t stop the Broncos or Pats from winning.

  6. tim8450 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:25 AM

    If it’s any consolation, the Jets are terrible coming off their bye.

  7. Kolo Jezdec says: Nov 13, 2013 11:26 AM

    The Bills had their extra rest last Sunday against the Steelers. Should have taken advantage of that.

  8. phinatic29 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:26 AM

    Dolphin fan here …… Buffalo’s gripe is completely legit.

    Does no one check these things before the schedules are released? If not that HAS TO happen. The schedules need to all be the same in terms of “opponents off extra rest”.

    The NFL is a billion dollar industry, i think they have the resources to figure it out.

  9. Phil Perspective says: Nov 13, 2013 11:27 AM

    As no other team faced this before? As trackcoachryan said, the Iggles faced this kind of thing last year. I’m sure, given the bye week stuff, that the Bills are the only team ever to face this.

  10. wtfpft says: Nov 13, 2013 11:28 AM

    So I guess the Bills have never seen an Oakland Raiders schedule? League jams them every year with that and cross country trips every other week

  11. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 13, 2013 11:28 AM

    frisco just came off a bye and lost at home…so what’s your point?

  12. PCa Survivor says: Nov 13, 2013 11:29 AM

    Stay classy Buffalo. You don’t see John Harbaugh and the Super Bowl Champions Ravens asking schedule favors like, you know, never having to play night games in Pittsburgh.

  13. kgun87 says: Nov 13, 2013 11:33 AM

    Patriots have 1 or zero this year , just even it out is what they’re saying

  14. pftfan says: Nov 13, 2013 11:35 AM

    Sure, the TWO extra days was the only reason the Jets beat the Bills on Week 3…it wasn’t EJ Manuel getting sacked 8 times or anything like that.

  15. weepingjebus says: Nov 13, 2013 11:36 AM

    The bills sleepwalk through half their games anyway so I guess it evens out.

  16. Iain says: Nov 13, 2013 11:36 AM

    Maybe Buffalo should “man up” and punch the schedulers in the face. That’s how real NFL men solve their problems, right?

  17. cliverush says: Nov 13, 2013 11:38 AM

    End the Thursday night games. Teams do not have the time to prepare physically during the short week.

  18. jvseahawk says: Nov 13, 2013 11:44 AM

    The other team is Seattle. And yes, it is unfair.

  19. jetsmmt says: Nov 13, 2013 12:01 PM

    The Jets also played the Steelers who were coming off their bye after they played on Monday nights vs. the Falcons. The extra rest the Steelers had was the only reason they won. The Jets may have been 6-3 at the moment.

  20. unclebluck says: Nov 13, 2013 12:05 PM

    Maybe if Brandon worried about paying people like Jarius Byrd and not bye weeks………

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:08 PM

    cliverush says:

    End the Thursday night games. Teams do not have the time to prepare physically during the short week.
    __________________

    Fully agree with that, especially early in the season. If anything go back to having Thursday games in just the last 4-6 weeks.

    The problem is the NFL generates additional revenue over its already vast TV contracts by airing these games on their own network. This is all about the enormous greed of the owners so I doubt it will go back.

    As to the Bills, they’ve been awful for years and until Ralph Wilson is gone the Bills will stay that way. And yes, I know he supposedly gave all the decision making over to the GM and staff, but Wilson owning a team still limits it substantially. Great man in his day but zero idea how a modern NFL franchise should operate.

  22. beelicker says: Nov 13, 2013 12:11 PM

    Ummmm, no … the Bengals had to travel TO Buffalo in week 6 to play a Bills team coming in with the extra rest due to having played the Browns 10 days prior

    There’s this thing called ‘research’ that you can do by actually looking at the schedules …

  23. wwwmattcom says: Nov 13, 2013 12:14 PM

    Patriots play zero teams with extra rest.
    The Falcons come off extended rest during the Bills bye week.
    I blame Buffalo for being so bad for so long as the reason why they get a crap schedule.

    Its hard beings a Bills fan.

  24. bobbyinlondon says: Nov 13, 2013 12:20 PM

    Last season the Eagles played Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington coming off their byes.

  25. tedmurph says: Nov 13, 2013 12:20 PM

    Teams coming off extra rest is an exaggerated advantage. Since 2001, NFL teams off the bye are 201-172, a whopping 54%. In 2012, teams record after a Thurs nite gm were 15-15. The problem here is, since 2010 Buffalo is 1-7 vs teams coming off rest. Since the rest of the league doesn’t have too much of a problem, maybe the Bills staff should figure out what THEY’RE doing wrong, instead of crying to the league about something that is probably a one time, random event.

  26. richc111 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:21 PM

    I am sure the league tracks this but just like some have said when it came to the league and they asked the question what team is getting to play against teams coming of byes and the answer is buffalo they were like ok we can live with that. Or maybe it was NE, oh NE we can’t have that, just flip a few games with Buffalo and that will solve that problem.

  27. whitdog23 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:22 PM

    making a fair schede is EASY. the NFL obviously doesn’t want to do it

  28. flakeybiscuits says: Nov 13, 2013 12:25 PM

    look it up, same EXACT thing happened last year, except I believe it was much worse. Its ridiculous that we have this kind of disadvantage 2 years in a row

  29. tccoats says: Nov 13, 2013 12:27 PM

    why not have teams coming off a bye play each other that week.

    Also, why not have the teams who play on Thurs have a bye the week before (at least in weeks 4-12)?

  30. beelicker says: Nov 13, 2013 12:29 PM

    Haha … seriously, “thumbs down” for the absolute truth?

    You may actually remember the Bengals losing in OT to the Dolphins on Hallo’ween in their own Thursday night game, which was played in week 9 (which comes well after week 6 when they played @Bills in ‘research’ terms) …

  31. rafterman11 says: Nov 13, 2013 12:35 PM

    Actually, SUCKING (again) is what puts the Bills at a disadvantage.

  32. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    And the league wants to consider sending 16 games a year to London?

    If so, get ready for WAY more of this in the future!

  33. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Nov 13, 2013 12:43 PM

    And do you care to mention what that other team is???…

  34. tedmurph says: Nov 13, 2013 1:03 PM

    Falcons are the other team.

  35. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 13, 2013 1:16 PM

    You know it is done intentionally, sadly.

  36. jeffreyshulenburg says: Nov 13, 2013 1:17 PM

    Kolo Jezdec says:
    Nov 13, 2013 11:26 AM
    The Bills had their extra rest last Sunday against the Steelers. Should have taken advantage of that.

    __________________________________

    Actually, they didnt. The Bills had extra rest against Miami, which they won. And their bye is next week. We GET 2 games on extra rest, so why do we play 6 teams on extra rest. I made this point in the offseason, the Bills always get the shaft in scheduling. For the past 3 seasons we have had one of the toughest schedules. This year we get the easiest, but half our games are against teams with 2 weeks to prepare.

  37. jr4real says: Nov 13, 2013 1:33 PM

    I agree with the Bills. For all the money the NFL probably throws at software, they can’t come up with a bye-week strategy that works. the Steelers have almost always had their bye week before the 5th week of the season. It seems ridiculous that you wouldn’t rotate the bye week more completely.

    I realize there are tradeoffs and teams need to “take one for the team” but consistently there are seemingly incompetent issues with the bye week.

  38. beelicker says: Nov 13, 2013 1:36 PM

    @jeffreyshulenburg

    How do you figure they extra-rested vs Miami?

    They played the Browns on Thurs Oct 3 before the Bengals played @ Bills on Oct 10 …

  39. 315judman says: Nov 13, 2013 1:38 PM

    Week 9 should be a bye week for all 32 teams. Split the season into two halves and make it the same for everyone.

    End division games after the bye too. In fact, make it so that week there are all inter-conference games that week.

  40. beelicker says: Nov 13, 2013 1:39 PM

    ooops … meant to say “played @Bills on Oct 13″

    All you have to do here is look at a schedule, folks!

  41. raideralex99 says: Nov 13, 2013 2:33 PM

    Good to see … more teams should complain about the schedule. There are some teams that do get the shaft usually the bottom feeders.
    I know when the Raiders play the east coast teams their games always start at 1:00 but when the Chargers or Broncos play the same teams their games usually are at 4:00 or are the nights games.
    Whats the odds of a west coast team losing a game playing on the east coast at 1:00 … easy money.
    And please stop with the “cry me a river” comments … stats don’t lie. Every year we get a last place team making the playoffs … why? Favorable schedule!

  42. jpaq68 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:36 PM

    You would think they’d be unhappy because they have to play in Buffalo

  43. ohnoflorio says: Nov 13, 2013 4:20 PM

    I’m a jets fan and completely completely COMPLETELY AGREE!!!! Things like this NEVER EVER EVER happen to teams like the Giants (especially), Patriots or Steelers, bc their owners (especially the Maras) are in w/Roger. Go look at the giants schedule…they will not (have not) traveled any farther than Philly in over just about 2 months, talk about an advantage. All the teams, other than the 3 I named need to sit down w/the league and figure out how to stop favoritism. It’s unreal. Even after hurricane Sandy when NJ needed all the help they could get, the NYG actually played a home game vs PITT — it never should have been played in NJ, instead it should have went to PITT like when NO had to play a home game in NY bc of a hurricane….the giants are a disgraceful organization.

  44. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:42 PM

    ohnoflorio says: Nov 13, 2013 4:20 PM

    I’m a jets fan and completely completely COMPLETELY AGREE!!!! Things like this NEVER EVER EVER happen to teams like the Giants (especially), Patriots or Steelers, bc their owners (especially the Maras) are in w/Roger. Go look at the giants schedule…they will not (have not) traveled any farther than Philly in over just about 2 months, talk about an advantage. All the teams, other than the 3 I named need to sit down w/the league and figure out how to stop favoritism. It’s unreal. Even after hurricane Sandy when NJ needed all the help they could get, the NYG actually played a home game vs PITT — it never should have been played in NJ, instead it should have went to PITT like when NO had to play a home game in NY bc of a hurricane….the giants are a disgraceful organization.
    —————

    The Giants play Dallas who is coming off a bye, and will have had three others. Put the conspiracy talk about Mara away PLEASE.

  45. Kolo Jezdec says: Nov 13, 2013 8:13 PM

    Mr. Wright, the Steelers are the first team in several years to play a Thursday game on the road AFTER being on the road the Sunday before. If that is favoritism, then I better clean my chimney to get ready for Santa’s visit.

  46. lanham4eve says: Nov 13, 2013 9:57 PM

    At the very least division rival’s should, under no circumstance, get any extra time before a divisional game, they are way too important for the playoff picture.

  47. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 14, 2013 3:15 PM

    Otherwise the Bills would be… 3-7.

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