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No byes until Week Five this year

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The Ravens are going to London to face the Jaguars in Week Three and they recently asked the NFL to hold off on giving them a bye week upon their return to the United States.

The league granted that request by scheduling the Ravens for a home game with the Steelers and they went a little bit further. They didn’t give the Jaguars a bye either and the schedule makers eliminated byes in Week Four altogether after years of starting to dole out idle Sundays at that point in the season.

The first byes fall the next week and at least two teams will be off each week through Week 11 this year. Weeks Eight, Nine and 11 will all see six teams taking a breather.

That will make for some light schedules in those weeks, but itĀ seems unlikely that there will be too many complaints about getting rid of the Week Four bye. Most teams would likely opt for a bye in the middle of the season in order to balance out their schedule and get a break at a point when bodies have undergone more wear and tear than they have in the first three weeks of the year.

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13 Responses to “No byes until Week Five this year”
  1. thatneuneu says: Apr 21, 2017 8:58 AM

    As a fantasy foot ball fan, I say put all the byes on the same week. Just have a mid season break. That’s equal for everyone.

  2. bam5239 says: Apr 21, 2017 9:09 AM

    I always thought it better to have two byes. One for the NFC and one for the AFC and make the lean weeks riveraly weeks where all games are divisional games. Evens up the competitive balance of the bye week and provides a marketing angle.

  3. toybkshr says: Apr 21, 2017 9:24 AM

    Good – they got something right – hope they don’t go back to wk4 bye’s next yr

  4. lambeauwest says: Apr 21, 2017 9:25 AM

    I’ve said this a 1000 times. Give half the teams the bye week at week 8 and the other half in week 9. This makes it fair for everyone and gets the byes out of the way in two weeks.

    Hell if you want to be real draconian, give everyone a whole week off mid-season. All the guys have a weekend off to get the yard work done for winter without missing any games. Take their spouse on a weekend get away or whatever you want to do.

    I hate byes so let’s just quit the drip – drip – drip of these things. Rip the Band-Aid off man.

  5. eaglesw00t says: Apr 21, 2017 9:33 AM

    I agree with those stating byes should be even.

    Last season the Eagles played 8 games against teams coming off byes.

    Everyone hates to complain about things being unfair, so lets just make it all even.

  6. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 21, 2017 9:45 AM

    On a story like this how is the photo selection determined? There is reference to the Ravens and Steelers so that photo works. It doesn’t do anything for me though.

    The Jags are also mentioned, no photo of them instead?

    These more league-wide stories should use random photos. I’d much prefer to have seen a photo of Tampa’s over-drafter kicker missing a field goal last season instead of “whatever” is going on in that Ravens/Steelers photo up there.

    My two cents, thanks for reading.

  7. mysportsrumors says: Apr 21, 2017 9:47 AM

    Nice that they pushed it back a week but horrible for fans, how do you have 3 weeks with 6 teams on bye and other weeks with just 2 teams. spread it out

  8. citizenstrange says: Apr 21, 2017 10:01 AM

    It’s kind of unfair that the Patriots get two bye weeks. The first one November 5th and then another one December 17th when they play the Steelers and the 9 points of offense that Big Ben brings to the table.

  9. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 21, 2017 10:43 AM

    So to cater to the Ravens they changed a standard the league has had since byes were introduced.

    Corruption runs deep in Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League

  10. jharmon64 says: Apr 21, 2017 10:49 AM

    Finally got something closer to being right.

    I’d prefer no byes til week 7 and jam them all in 2-4 weeks.

  11. mrkbuilders says: Apr 21, 2017 10:55 AM

    All byes should be between weeks 8-10. 10-12 teams off per week and have marquee matchups in place of a larger quantity of games.


  12. DinoScapelli says: Apr 21, 2017 12:03 PM

    Yup, all the byes should be done in two weeks. It’s so simple. Which means it will probably never happen.

  13. guitarkevin says: Apr 21, 2017 12:22 PM

    Love it when people cry about the Ravens. You do know that John Harbaugh is going to be the commissioner on day…just saying. You’ll really be crying then.

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