Schedule quirk creates mismatches

Get ready for some blowouts; Dez-Megatron matchup among Week 8 highlights

Originally Published: October 25, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

If it seems strange to have six teams on byes in Week 8, that's because it is unusual.

Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego and Tennessee are sitting out this week. Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, San Francisco and the New York Giants have byes next week.

Normally, the NFL schedules four bye-week teams through most of October and the early part of November. Why the change? The reason is the calendar. Thanksgiving falls a week later this year, so the NFL had ...

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