Eagles will face three straight opponents coming off bye weeks

AP

The unveiling of the 2016 NFL schedule Thursday night gave football fans something to talk about. Come October, Eagles fans might have something schedule related to complain about.

Starting in Week Seven, the Eagles play three straight opponents who are coming off bye weeks. That means those teams get extra rest, extra preparation time and often come out with improved focus and/or desperation.

It’s just a schedule quirk, and things tend to even themselves out in a season that spans 17 weeks, but that situation sticks out. The only other team set to face consecutive opponents off of bye weeks is the Jaguars, who host the Texans in Week 10 and are at the Lions in Week 11.

The off-bye games for the Eagles, whose own bye week comes in Week Four, are against the Vikings in Week Seven, at the Cowboys in Week Eight and at the Giants in Week Nine.

The Week Nine Steelers at Ravens game is the only one on the schedule in which both teams are coming off a bye. The Cardinals, Panthers and Bengals have multiple games against teams coming off of byes, but not in consecutive weeks.

Whether it’s a cross-country trip on a short week, a three-game road trip or a difficult Thursday game following a road game or division game, there’s probably something on almost every schedule that causes teams and fans to gripe. Stuff happens, and the games go on.

The Raiders have their bye week in Week 10, then get an extra day’s rest as they return to action Nov. 21 for a Monday Night Football Game in Mexico City vs. the Texans. The Raiders should make sure they get every minute of rest they can on their bye weekend; they play four games in 18 days starting with the Texans game and ending with a Dec. 8 Thursday night game in Kansas City.

35 responses to “Eagles will face three straight opponents coming off bye weeks

  1. I thought that was a scheduling “quirk” that was always reserved for the Bills.

  2. Seattle faced 4 off byes last year, even though each team gets 1 bye. Illogical that any team would have to face more than 2 off byes. Schedule makers seem to put zero weighting in spreading out post bye games.

  3. But certain fans think the schedules are still all the same because they rotate the divisions. Last year the packers were playing 3 teams coming off a short week going into their game. The NFL manipulates teams with the schedule.

  4. A redskin fan talking about superbowls. Reliving glory days. While your back there, tell Screech and the rest of the Bayside crew I said Hi. Motley Crue rocks!

  5. I’m wondering if it’s actually advantageous to play teams coming off a bye. My admittedly fading memory with my favorite team is that they lose more often than win when they’re playing after a bye week.

  6. I completely disagree that “these things even out over the course of 17 weeks”. The whole thing about the NFL is that it is a MASSIVELY small sample, and so these imbalances can actually make a major difference. And yet, people still treat a 10-6 or 6-10 record as if it means something (a team that “should” be a “mediocre” 8-8 could easily be edged out or edge out a couple of games thanks to such imbalances and/or a dash of luck and suddenly be treated as a “bad” or “good” team, despite not being any different from an 8-8 one).

  7. @famundacheese says:
    Apr 15, 2016 10:13 AM
    A redskin fan talking about superbowls. Reliving glory days. While your back there, tell Screech and the rest of the Bayside crew I said Hi. Motley Crue rocks!

    Absolutely Brilliant…Love it!!!!!!!

  8. making mountains out of mouse turds. let’s spin it this way…the Eagles will have more continuity over the teams as they head into three consecutive games with teams exiting their bye week.

  9. And 2 are back to back road games against Dallas and NYG. But we do start out with Cleveland…

  10. That’s the penalty for beating the patriots at home. I don’t think the patriots have played four teams coming off bye weeks since Goodell has become commish.

  11. I’ve always thought that since there are always either 2, 4 or 6 teams on a bye, give 2 divisional teams the same bye week and have them face off after 2 weeks’ rest.

    Maybe that’s too logical…

  12. Maybe we should wait to see what our team (and every other team) looks like before we forecast which 10 teams will make the 2016-2017 playoffs instead of deciding that based on the schedule makers.
    I get it we are all anxious. But this is ridiculous. Lets just play some ball.

  13. “The Raiders should make sure they get every minute of rest they can on their bye weekend; they play four games in 18 days starting with the Texans game and ending with a Dec. 8 Thursday night game in Kansas City.”

    This is absolutely insane, even before you realize one of the games is in Mexico.

    So much for unions. SMH.

  14. Everyone talking about the Bills and the Seahawks are neglecting the fact that the Eagles have 3 in a row, not just 3 all year.

  15. So what’s the big deal? Look at Seattle’s schedule last year. Four teams off of bye weeks one team off of 10 days rest and a couple games where they played short weeks because of Thursday night games. Throw in the fact that they had to start the year with 2 games on the road as well as all the early starts traveling west coast to east coast and you get the feeling the league didn’t want Seattle in a third Superbowl under any condition.

  16. Two teams during the season have 3 game road trips – the Packers and Redskins. The third game of each 3-game road trip is the Eagles.

    The league usually tries to balance these types of things out.

  17. There’s probably some stone age reason but I still can’t figure out why with an even amount of teams the NFL can’t have 1/2 of them, 8 from the AFC and 8 from the NFC, take week 8 off and the opposite teams take week 9 off.

    Every TV network still have games to broadcast, no one has to have bye in week 3 or week 13. It’s called fair.

    Someone please enlighten me.

  18. @romosmicrodongs says:
    Apr 15, 2016 11:13 AM

    When was the last time Philly won a superbowl? Oh yeah… Lol, have fun making fun of winners, losers!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    The year was 1960. Not our fault the NFL changed the name!

  19. hawkforlife says:
    Apr 15, 2016 12:42 PM
    There’s probably some stone age reason but I still can’t figure out why with an even amount of teams the NFL can’t have 1/2 of them, 8 from the AFC and 8 from the NFC, take week 8 off and the opposite teams take week 9 off.

    Every TV network still have games to broadcast, no one has to have bye in week 3 or week 13. It’s called fair.

    Someone please enlighten me.
    ————————————————————
    I think you are 100% right … been saying this same thing for years. Some will complain there aren’t enough Sunday games left (16 teams, 8 games, one on TNF, one on SNF, and one on MNF … that leaves 5 games for Sunday afternoon). Make ’em all divisional matches for weeks 8 & 9 ???

  20. Forget about the opponents. That is what it is. However, if you look how the schedule is designed, there is no doubt that the NFL year after year tries to hurt the Eagles and the Redskins and favors the Cowboys and Mara’s team that plays in New Jersey. The Skins for instance, has to play Dallas on Thanksgiving with less than 4 days break (They play the Vikings on Sunday Night. Plus they play the Panthers on Monday Night and at Chicago on Saturday (5 days break). In addition they have to play 3 games in a row on the road in the most important part of the season and have a game in London. Mara you suck. Manipulation as its best.

  21. it’s not bad enough that they have to face 4 teams that are going to have an extra week to prepare, but 2 of them are division games, on the road?

    Someone at the NFL office doesn’t like Doug Pederson apparently

  22. 4 games in 18 days is worse than playing teams coming off their bye 3 weeks in a row.

    Uphill battle for the Silver and Black.

    Get going.

    Go Raiders

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