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2018 NFL Bye Week Schedules with Graphics and Statistical History

Posted by Brad Perniciaro

Updated 6/22/2018

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 fantasy football.

The purpose of this article is to be a comprehensive guide to the 2018 NFL bye week schedule. To put the 2018 bye week schedule into perspective, I also provide a statistical analysis of team performance following their bye weeks for the last five seasons (2013 through 2017).

2018 NFL Bye Weeks


Week Teams
Week 4 Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins
Week 5 Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers,
Week 6 Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints
Week 7 Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks
Week 8 Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans
Week 9 Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnatti Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 10 Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings
Week 11 Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers
Week 12 Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams

Bye Week Schedules and Sharable Graphics

I created several bye week graphics to represent the 2018 bye week schedule in various formats:

  1. Full Season Bye Weeks: Provides a bird's eye view of the bye weeks over the entire NFL season.
  2. Bye Schedule by Week: For those tracking byes on an NFL schedule.
  3. Bye Weeks by Division: Easily see when each team (and their division opponents) gets their break.

Full Season Bye Weeks

This graphic a high-level view of how 2018 bye weeks are assigned to teams from Week 4 through Week 12.

The 2017 NFL season had a bit of a shake-up, whereby the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their bye weeks moved to the first week of the season due to Hurricane Irma.

In 2018, things are back to normal with bye weeks spanning Week 4 through Week 12 of the NFL regular season. During those 9 weeks of NFL byes, there will be either 2 teams, 4 teams, or 6 teams on a bye.

2018 NFL Bye Weeks Infographic

2018 Bye Weeks by Week

This section presents bye weeks by week according to the 2018 NFL schedule.


2018 Bye Weeks by Division

For those who are more interested in bye weeks for intra-division or intra-conference play, this is the image for you. In this graphic bye weeks are grouped by divison and ultimately conference.

For some historical perspective, the graphic also shows each team's bye week from last year (as a smaller, faded number next to the 2018 bye week). One anomaly of the 2018 season is that all AFC East teams are on a bye the same week, Week 11.

American Football Conference

American Football Conference Logo

AFC North

10 10
6 9
9 11
9 7

AFC East

6 11
1 11
9 11
11 11

AFC South

7 10
11 9
8 9
8 8

AFC West

5 10
5 12
10 7
9 9

National Football Conference

National Football Conference Logo

NFC North

9 5
7 6
8 7
9 10

NFC East

6 8
8 9
10 9
5 4

NFC South

5 8
11 4
5 6
1 5

NFC West

8 9
8 12
11 11
6 7
Legend of Bye Week Terms


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 2013 through the 2017 season, teams returning from a bye week have a collective record of 85-75. That's 85 wins and 75 losses for a winning percentage of 53.125%.

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.

85 Wins (53.125%) 75 Losses (46.875%)

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.

2018 is the first time in several years that no team has a perfect 5-0 record returning from a bye.

Best Teams After a Bye Week

  1. Seattle Seahawks (4-1)
  2. Miami Dolphins (4-1)
  3. Detroit Lions (4-1)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
  5. Arizona Cardinals (4-1)
  6. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
  7. Buffalo Bills (3-2)
  8. Houston Texans (3-2)
  1. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)
  3. Tennessee Titans (3-2)
  4. Denver Broncos (3-2)
  5. Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
  6. Oakland Raiders (3-2)
  7. Green Bay Packers (3-2)
  8. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

Worst Teams After a Bye Week

  1. Atlanta Falcons (3-2)
  2. Carolina Panthers (3-2)
  3. New Orleans Saints (3-2)
  4. Los Angeles Rams (3-2)
  5. New England Patriots (3-2)
  6. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3)
  8. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)
  1. Minnesota Vikings (2-3)
  2. New York Giants (2-3)
  3. Washington Redskins (2-3)
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
  5. Cleveland Browns (1-4)
  6. New York Jets (1-4)
  7. Chicago Bears (1-4)
  8. San Francisco 49ers (0-5)

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 returned from their byes on Week 2 through Week 10 have a winning percentage at or over .500.

Between Week 11 and Week 14, teams are either .500 or have a collective losing record when returning from a bye.

Win/Loss Ratio by Weeks of Teams Returning from a Bye (2013-2017)

Week Wins Losses Tie W-L Ratio
Week 2 2 2 0 1.0
Week 5 6 6 0 .500
Week 6 11 7 0 .611
Week 7 9 5 0 .643
Week 8 6 6 0 .500
Week 9 12 12 0 .500
Week 10 18 12 2 .600
Week 11 10 12 0 .455
Week 12 7 11 0 .389
Week 13 3 3 0 .500
Week 14 1 1 0 .500
Graph of NFL Team Win/Loss Ratio Following a Bye Week


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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AFC North

BAL Ravens (3-2)
'17 Wk 11 Win 23-0 vs GB
'16 Wk 9 Win 21-14 vs STL
'15 Wk 10 Loss 20-22 vs JAC
'14 Wk 12 Win 34-27 vs NO
'13 Wk 9 Loss 18-24 vs CLE
CIN Bengals (2-3)
'17 Wk 7 Loss 14-29 vs PIT
'16 Wk 10 Loss 20-21 vs NYG
'15 Wk 8 Win 16-10 vs PIT
'14 Wk 5 Loss 17-43 vs NE
'13 Wk 13 Win 17-10 vs SD
CLU Browns (1-4)
'17 Wk 10 Loss 24-38 vs DET
'16 Wk 14 Loss 10-23 vs CIN
'15 Wk 12 Loss 27-33 vs BAL
'14 Wk 5 Win 29-28 vs TEN
'13 Wk 11 Loss 20-41 vs CIN
PIT Steelers (2-3)
'17 Wk 10 Win 20-17 vs IND
'16 Wk 9 Loss 14-21 vs BAL
'15 Wk 12 Loss 30-39 vs SEA
'14 Wk 13 Loss 32-35 vs NO
'13 Wk 6 Win 19-6 vs NYJ

AFC East

BUF Bills (3-2)
'17 Wk 7 Win 30-7 vs TB
'16 Wk 11 Win 16-12 vs CIN
'15 Wk 9 Win 33-17 vs MIA
'14 Wk 10 Loss 13-17 vs KC
'13 Wk 13 Loss 31-34 vs ATL
MIA Dolphins (4-1)
'17 Wk 2 Win 19-17 vs LAC
'16 Wk 9 Win 27-23 vs NYJ
'15 Wk 6 Win 38-10 vs TEN
'14 Wk 6 Loss 24-27 vs GB
'13 Wk 7 Win 23-21 vs BUF
NE Patriots (3-2)
'17 Wk 10 Win 41-16 vs DEN
'16 Wk 10 Loss 24-31 vs SEA
'15 Wk 5 Win 30-6 vs DAL
'14 Wk 11 Win 42-20 vs IND
'13 Wk 11 Loss 20-24 vs CAR
NY Jets (1-4)
'17 Wk 12 Loss 27-35 vs CAR
'16 Wk 12 Loss 17-22 vs NE
'15 Wk 6 Win 34-20 vs WAS
'14 Wk 12 Loss 3-38 vs BUF
'13 Wk 11 Loss 14-37 vs BUF

AFC South

HOU Texans (3-2)
'17 Wk 8 Loss 38-41 vs SEA
'16 Wk 10 Win 24-21 vs JAC
'15 Wk 10 Win 10-6 vs CIN
'14 Wk 11 Win 23-7 vs CLE
'13 Wk 9 Loss 24-27 vs IND
IND Colts (3-2)
'17 Wk 12 Loss 16-20 vs TEN
'16 Wk 11 Win 24-17 vs TEN
'15 Wk 11 Win 24-21 vs ATL
'14 Wk 11 Loss 20-42 vs NE
'13 Wk 9 Win 27-24 vs HOU
JAC Jaguars (3-2)
'17 Wk 9 Win 23-7 vs CIN
'16 Wk 6 Win 17-16 vs CHI
'15 Wk 9 Loss 23-28 vs NYJ
'14 Wk 12 Loss 3-23 vs IND
'13 Wk 10 Win 29-27 vs TEN
TEN Titans (3-2)
'17 Wk 9 Win 23-20 vs BAL
'16 Wk 14 Win 13-10 vs DEN
'15 Wk 5 Loss 13-14 vs BUF
'14 Wk 10 Loss 7-21 vs BAL
'13 Wk 9 Win 28-21 vs STL

AFC West

DEN Broncos (3-2)
'17 Wk 6 Loss 10-23 vs NYG
'16 Wk 12 Loss 27-30 vs KC
'15 Wk 8 Win 29-10 vs GB
'14 Wk 5 Win 41-20 vs ARI
'13 Wk 10 Win 28-20 vs SD
KC Chiefs (3-2)
'17 Wk 11 Loss 9-12 vs NYG
'16 Wk 6 Win 26-10 vs OAK
'15 Wk 10 Win 29-13 vs DEN
'14 Wk 7 Win 23-20 vs SD
'13 Wk 11 Loss 17-27 vs DEN
OAK Raiders (3-2)
'17 Wk 11 Loss 8-33 vs NEP
'16 Wk 11 Win 27-20 vs HOU
'15 Wk 7 Win 37-29 vs SD
'14 Wk 6 Loss 28-31 vs SD
'13 Wk 8 Win 21-18 vs PIT
LA Chargers (2-3)
'17 Wk 10 Loss 17-20 vs JAC
'16 Wk 12 Win 21-13 vs HOU
'15 Wk 11 Loss 3-33 vs KC
'14 Wk 11 Win 13-6 vs OAK
'13 Wk 9 Loss 24-30 vs WAS
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NFC North

CHI Bears (1-4)
'17 Wk 10 Loss 16-23 vs GB
'16 Wk 10 Loss 10-36 vs TB
'15 Wk 8 Loss 20-23 vs MIN
'14 Wk 10 Loss 14-55 vs GB
'13 Wk 9 Win 27-20 vs GB
DET Lions (4-1)
'17 Wk 8 Loss 15-20 vs PIT
'16 Wk 11 Win 26-19 vs JAC
'15 Wk 10 Win 18-16 vs GB
'14 Wk 10 Win 20-16 vs MIA
'13 Wk 10 Win 21-19 vs CHI
GB Packers (3-2)
'17 Wk 9 Loss 17-30 vs DET
'16 Wk 5 Win 23-16 vs NYG
'15 Wk 8 Loss 10-29 vs DEN
'14 Wk 10 Win 55-14 vs CHI
'13 Wk 5 Win 22-9 vs DET
MIN Vikings (2-3)
'17 Wk 10 Win 38-30 vs WAS
'16 Wk 7 Loss 10-21 vs PHI
'15 Wk 6 Win 16-10 vs KC
'14 Wk 11 Loss 13-21 vs CHI
'13 Wk 6 Loss 10-35 vs CAR

NFC East

DAL Cowboys (4-1)
'17 Wk 7 Win 40-10 vs SF
'16 Wk 8 Win 31-26 vs WAS
'15 Wk 7 Loss 20-27 vs NYG
'14 Wk 12 Win 31-28 vs NYG
'13 Wk 12 Win 24-21 vs NYG
NY Giants (2-3)
'17 Wk 9 Loss 17-51 vs LAR
'16 Wk 9 Win 28-23 vs PHI
'15 Wk 12 Loss 14-20 vs WAS
'14 Wk 9 Loss 24-40 vs IND
'13 Wk 10 Win 24-20 vs OAK
PHI Eagles (3-2)
'17 Wk 11 Win 37-9 vs DAL
'16 Wk 5 Loss 23-24 vs DET
'15 Wk 9 Win 33-27 vs DAL
'14 Wk 8 Loss 20-24 vs ARI
'13 Wk 13 Win 24-21 vs ARI
WAS Redskins (2-3)
'17 Wk 6 Win 26-24 vs SF
'16 Wk 10 Win 26-20 vs MIN
'15 Wk 9 Loss 10-27 vs NE
'14 Wk 11 Loss 7-27 vs TB
'13 Wk 6 Loss 16-31 vs DAL

NFC South

ATL Falcons (3-2)
'17 Wk 6 Loss 17-20 vs MIA
'16 Wk 12 Win 38-19 vs ARI
'15 Wk 11 Loss 21-24 vs IND
'14 Wk 10 Win 27-17 vs TB
'13 Wk 7 Win 31-23 vs TB
CAR Panthers (3-2)
'17 Wk 12 Win 35-27 vs NYJ
'16 Wk 8 Win 30-20 vs ARI
'15 Wk 6 Win 27-23 vs SEA
'14 Wk 13 Loss 13-31 vs MIN
'13 Wk 5 Loss 6-22 vs ARI
NO Saints (3-2)
'17 Wk 6 Win 52-38 vs DET
'16 Wk 6 Win 41-38 vs CAR
'15 Wk 12 Loss 6-24 vs HOU
'14 Wk 7 Loss 23-24 vs DET
'13 Wk 8 Win 35-17 vs BUF
TB Buccaneers (2-3)
'17 Wk 2 Win 29-7 vs CHI
'16 Wk 7 Win 34-17 vs SF
'15 Wk 7 Loss 30-31 vs WAS
'14 Wk 8 Loss 13-19 vs MIN
'13 Wk 6 Loss 20-31 vs PHI

NFC West

ARI Cardinals (4-1)
'17 Wk 9 Win 20-10 vs SF
'16 Wk 10 Win 23-20 vs SF
'15 Wk 10 Win 39-32 vs SEA
'14 Wk 5 Loss 20-41 vs DEN
'13 Wk 10 Win 27-24 vs HOU
LA Rams (3-2)
'17 Wk 9 Win 51-17 vs NYG
'16 Wk 9 Loss 10-13 vs CAR
'15 Wk 7 Win 6-24 vs CLE
'14 Wk 5 Loss 28-34 vs PHI
'13 Wk 12 Win 42-21 vs CHI
SF 49ers (0-5)
'17 Wk 12 Loss 13-24 vs SEA
'16 Wk 9 Loss 23-41 vs NO
'15 Wk 11 Loss 13-29 vs SEA
'14 Wk 9 Loss 10-13 vs STL
'13 Wk 10 Loss 9-10 vs CAR
SEA Seahawks (4-1)
'17 Wk 7 Win 24-7 vs NYG
'16 Wk 6 Win 26-24 vs ATL
'15 Wk 10 Loss 32-39 vs ARI
'14 Wk 5 Win 27-17 vs WAS
'13 Wk 13 Win 34-7 vs SEA

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