Looking closer at teams after bye

October, 26, 2011
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – One statistic of note this week, with the Patriots coming off their bye, is the record of teams in that situation this year: 3-9.

One theory is that with too much rest, teams coming off the bye aren’t as sharp as they normally would be.

When looking closer at the results, one could challenge that line of thinking. The Cowboys, for example, were coming off their bye in a 20-16 loss at New England on Oct. 16. Their defense didn’t look rusty in breaking the Patriots’ streak of 30-point regular-season games.

This past Sunday, the Chargers were coming off a bye and they lost to the Jets, 27-21. Their disappointing final drive didn’t seem to have anything to do with a bye week. If anything, the bye would have given them more time to work on those types of situations.

In the end, it’s probably less about rest/bye and more about execution.

Here are the results of teams coming off the bye this year:

Week 5
Browns – 24-17 loss at Raiders
Cowboys – 20-16 loss at Patriots
Dolphins – 24-6 loss at Jets
Rams – 24-3 loss at Packers
Ravens – 29-14 win vs. Texans
Redskins – 20-13 loss vs. Eagles

Week 6  
Broncos – 18-15 win at Dolphins
Cardinals – 32-20 loss vs. Steelers
Chargers – 27-21 loss at Jets
Chiefs – 28-0 win at Oakland
Seahawks – 6-3 loss at Browns
Titans – 41-7 loss vs. Texans

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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