2017 NFL Bye Week Schedules with Graphics and Statistical History
Posted by Brad Perniciaro
Bye weeks are an essential component of the NFL season as they give teams a much-needed break during the grueling, 16-game season.
Although bye weeks are not the most interesting part of the season, they do have a sizable impact on the league and associated industries like
The purpose of this article is to be a comprehensive guide to the 2017 NFL
bye week schedule. To put the 2017 bye week schedule into perspective, I also provide
a statistical analysis of team performance following their bye weeks for the last five
seasons (2012 through 2016).
Bye Week Schedules and Sharable Graphics
I created several bye week graphics to represent the 2017 bye week schedule in various formats:
- Full Season Bye Weeks Infographic: Provides a bird's eye view of the bye weeks over the entire NFL season.
- Bye Weeks on NFL Weekly Schedule: For those tracking byes on an NFL schedule.
- Bye Weeks by Division: Easily see when each team (and their division opponents) gets their break.
Full Season Bye Weeks
The following graphic is a high-level view of how bye weeks are assigned to teams
between week 5 and week 11 of the 2017 NFL regular season.
Unlike the 2016 NFL season, the number of teams on a bye each week is very erratic in 2017.
The number of teams on a bye range anywhere from two teams in week 7 all the way to six teams on
weeks 8 and 11.
2017 is also different from the last few years in that all of the bye weeks for the 2017 are compressed into a seven week timeframe.
This hasn't happened since 2011 when all bye weeks were schedule between weeks 5 and week 11 of the regular season.
2017 Bye Weeks by Week
This section presents bye weeks according to the 17 week NFL schedule. If you're looking for the teams that are on a bye for a particular week,
then this is the most straightforward format.
2017 Bye Weeks by Division
For those who are more interested in bye weeks for intra-division or intra-conference play, this is the graphic for you. Teams are
grouped by NFL division and ultimately conference.
For some historical perspective, the graphic also shows each team's bye week from the 2016 season. This bye week is shown as a
smaller, faded number next to the 2017 bye week.
Bye Week History & Statistics
NFL handicappers pay special attention to NFL bye weeks in order to identify bye week trends. Instinct tells us that
teams returning from a bye week should have a better winning percentage than their opponents, primarily because they've had a
week to rest while their opponents likely have not.
But is it true?
Let's analyze league-wide and teams-specific statistics related to games played following a team's bye-week. In order to
maintain some level of recency, stats only consider games played in the last five years.
Winning Percentage of Teams Returning from Bye Week
Over the last five years, from 2012 through the 2016 season, teams returning from a bye week have a collective record of 83-75-2.
That's 83 wins, 75 losses, and 2 ties for a winning percentage of 51.9%.
This trend of teams returning from a bye week having a winning percentage slightly higher than .500 has remained consistent for the last few years.
It supports the belief that teams with fresh legs have a small advantage over teams that didn't get a recent week off.
83 Wins (51.9%)
75 Losses (48.1%)
Team-Specific Performance Following a Bye Week
It stands to reason that some teams perform better than others when returning from a bye. The following table
lists each NFL team's record for games played after their bye week over the last five years.
Best Teams After a Bye Week
- Detroit Lions (5-0)
- Green Bay Packers (4-1)
- Atlanta Falcons (4-1)
- Denver Broncos (4-1)
- Indianapolis Colts (4-1)
- Miami Dolphins (4-1)
- Houston Texans (4-1)
- Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
- New Orleans Saints (3-2)
- New York Giants (3-2)
- New England Patriots (3-2)
- Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
- Dallas Cowboys (3-2)
- Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
- Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
- Oakland Raiders (3-2)
Worst Teams After a Bye Week
- Los Angeles Rams (2-2-1)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3)
- Chicago Bears (2-3)
- Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
- Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
- Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)
- Tennessee Titans (2-3)
- Carolina Panthers (2-3)
- Buffalo Bills (2-3)
- Washington Redskins (2-3)
- New York Jets (1-4)
- Cleveland Browns (1-4)
- Minnesota Vikings (1-4)
- San Francisco 49ers (0-4-1)
The Best Weeks to Play Following a Bye Week
While it is true that some teams play better following a bye, it is also true that teams as a whole perform better on certain weeks
following a bye. The following table and chart detail the collective record of teams playing on certain weeks which
follow their bye week (again, over the last five years).
The trend over the last five years is that teams with the earliest bye weeks perform best in the game following their bye week. You can see from
the graph below that teams which return from their byes on Week 5 through Week 8 have a winning percentage well over .500.
Between Week 9 and Week 14, teams are either .500 or have a collective losing record when returning from a bye (except for Week 10).
Strangely, Week 10 has historically been the best week to play when returning from a bye (from 2011 to 2016).
Win/Loss Ratio by Weeks of Teams Returning from a Bye (2012-2016)
Team-Specific Game Results Following a Bye Week
The following section deatils the results of every post-bye-week game over the last five years. Teams are
grouped by conference and division for easy identification.
To make it simpler to visualize game results, wins are highlighted in green, losses are highlighted in red,
and ties are highlighted in yellow.
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