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2017 NFL Bye Week Schedules with Graphics and Statistical History

Posted by Brad Perniciaro

Updated 12/10/2017

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 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).

2017 NFL Bye Weeks


Week Teams
Week 1 Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to Hurricane Irma
Week 5 New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos
Week 6 Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills
Week 7 Houson Texans, Detroit Lions
Week 8 Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans
Week 9 Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots
Week 10 Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 11 Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts

Bye Week Schedules and Sharable Graphics

I created several bye week graphics to represent the 2017 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 2017 bye weeks are assigned to teams from Week 1 through Week 11.

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 Weeks 1 and Week 7, all the way to six teams on weeks 8. The Dolphins' and Buccaneers' bye weeks were moved from Week 11 to Week 1 due to Hurricane Irma.

2017 NFL Bye Weeks Infographic

2017 Bye Weeks by Week

This section presents bye weeks by week according to the 2017 NFL schedule.


2017 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 2017 bye week).

American Football Conference

American Football Conference Logo

AFC North

8 10
9 6
13 9
8 9

AFC East

10 6
8 1
9 9
11 11

AFC South

9 7
10 11
5 8
13 8

AFC West

11 5
5 5
10 10
11 9

National Football Conference

National Football Conference Logo

NFC North

9 9
10 7
4 8
6 9

NFC East

7 6
8 8
4 10
9 5

NFC South

11 5
7 11
5 5
6 1

NFC West

9 8
8 8
8 11
5 6
Legend of Bye Week Terms



Team Bye Week Infographics /w Statistical History

Each team-specific bye week infographic below includes the following statistics.

  • 2017 bye week
  • Team record following a bye week (last 5 years)
  • Scores from all post-bye week games (last 5 years)
  • 2017 post bye week match-up
  • Team record playing teams returning from a bye week (last 5 years)
  • Scores from all games against teams returning from a bye week (last 5 years)
  • 2017 games against teams returning from a bye week

AFC North Bye Weeks

Baltimore Ravens Bye Weeks

Baltimore Ravens Bye Week

Cincinnati Bengals Bye Week

Cincinnati Bengals Bye Week

Cleveland Browns Bye Week

Cleveland Browns Bye Week

Pittsburgh Steelers Bye Week

Pittsburgh Steelers Bye Week

AFC East Bye Weeks

Buffalo Bill Bye Week

Buffalo Bills Bye Week

Miami Dolphins Bye Week

Miami Dolphins Bye Week

New England Patriots Bye Week

New England Patriots Bye Week

New York Jets Bye Week

New York Jets Bye Week

AFC South Bye Weeks

Houston Texans Bye Week

Houston Texans Bye Week

Indianapolis Colts Bye Week

Indianapolis Colts Bye Week

Jacksonville Jaguars Bye Week

Jacksonville Jaguars Bye Week

Tennessee Titans Bye Week

Tennessee Titans Bye Week

AFC West Bye Weeks

Denver Broncos Bye Week

Denver Broncos Bye Week

Kansas City Chiefs Bye Week

Kansas City Chiefs Bye Week

Oakland Raiders Bye Week

Oakland Raiders Bye Week

Los Angeles Chargers Bye Week

Los Angeles Chargers Bye Week

NFC North Bye Weeks

Chicago Bears Bye Week

Chicago Bears Bye Week

Detroit Lions Bye Week

Green Bay Packers Bye Week

Minnesota Vikings Bye Week

NFC East Bye Weeks

Dallas Cowboys Bye Week

Dallas Cowboys Bye Week

New York Giants Bye Week

New York Giants Bye Week

Philadelphia Eagles Bye Week

Philadelphia Tagles Bye Week

Washington Redskins Bye Week

Washington Redskins Bye Week

NFC South Bye Weeks

Atlanta Falcons Bye Week

Atlanta Falcons Bye Week

New Orleans Saints Bye Week

New Orleans Saints Bye Week

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bye Week

Tamps Bay Buccaneers Bye Week

Carolina Panthers Bye Week

Carolina Panthers Bye Week

NFC West Bye Weeks

Arizona Cardinals Bye Week

Arizona Cardinals Bye Week

Los Angeles Rams Bye Week

Los Angeles Rams Bye Week

San Francisco 49ers Bye Week

San Francisco 49ers Bye Week

Seattle Seahawk Bye Week

Seattle Seahawks 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

  1. Detroit Lions (5-0)
  2. Green Bay Packers (4-1)
  3. Atlanta Falcons (4-1)
  4. Denver Broncos (4-1)
  5. Indianapolis Colts (4-1)
  6. Miami Dolphins (4-1)
  7. Houston Texans (4-1)
  8. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
  1. New Orleans Saints (3-2)
  2. New York Giants (3-2)
  3. New England Patriots (3-2)
  4. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
  5. Dallas Cowboys (3-2)
  6. Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
  7. Arizona Cardinals (3-2)
  8. Oakland Raiders (3-2)

Worst Teams After a Bye Week

  1. Los Angeles Rams (2-2-1)
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3)
  3. Chicago Bears (2-3)
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
  7. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
  8. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)
  1. Tennessee Titans (2-3)
  2. Carolina Panthers (2-3)
  3. Buffalo Bills (2-3)
  4. Washington Redskins (2-3)
  5. New York Jets (1-4)
  6. Cleveland Browns (1-4)
  7. Minnesota Vikings (1-4)
  8. 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)

Week Wins Losses Tie W-L Ratio
Week 5 8 6 0 .571
Week 6 11 7 0 .611
Week 7 8 6 0 .571
Week 8 9 7 0 .563
Week 9 10 12 0 .455
Week 10 16 10 2 .615
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

AFC East

BUF Bills (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 9 Loss 9-21 vs HOU
MIA Dolphins (4-1)
'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
'12 Wk 8 Win 30-9 vs NYJ
NE Patriots (3-2)
'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
'12 Wk 10 Win 37-31 vs BUF
NY Jets (1-4)
'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
'12 Wk 10 Loss 7-28 vs SEA

AFC South

HOU Texans (4-1)
'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
'12 Wk 9 Win 21-9 vs BUF
IND Colts (4-1)
'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
'12 Wk 5 Win 30-27 vs GB
JAC Jaguars (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 7 Loss 23-26 vs OAK
TEN Titans (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 12 Loss 19-24 vs JAC

AFC West

DEN Broncos (4-1)
'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
'12 Wk 8 Win 34-14 vs NO
KC Chiefs (3-2)
'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
'12 Wk 8 Loss 16-26 vs OAK
OAK Raiders (3-2)
'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
'12 Wk 6 Loss 20-23 vs ATL
LA Chargers (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 8 Loss 6-7 vs CLE
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NFC North

CHI Bears (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 7 Win 13-7 vs DET
DET Lions (5-0)
'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
'12 Wk 6 Win 26-23 vs PHI
GB Packers (4-1)
'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
'12 Wk 11 Win 24-20 vs DET
MIN Vikings (1-4)
'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
'12 Wk 12 Loss 7-45 vs GB

NFC East

DAL Cowboys (3-2)
'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
'12 Wk 6 Loss 29-31 vs BAL
NY Giants (3-2)
'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
'12 Wk 12 Win 38-10 vs GB
PHI Eagles (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 8 Loss 17-30 vs ATL
WAS Redskins (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 11 Win 31-6 vs PHI

NFC South

ATL Falcons (4-1)
'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
'12 Wk 8 Win 30-17 vs PHI
CAR Panthers (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 7 Loss 14-19 vs DAL
NO Saints (3-2)
'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
'12 Wk 7 Win 35-28 vs TB
TB Buccaneers (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 6 Win 38-10 vs KC

NFC West

ARI Cardinals (3-2)
'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
'12 Wk 11 Loss 19-23 vs ATL
LA Rams (2-2-1)
'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
'12 Wk 10 Tie 24-24 vs SF
SF 49ers (0-4-1)
'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
'12 Wk 10 Tie 24-24 vs STL
SEA Seahawks (3-2)
'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
'12 Wk 12 Loss 21-24 vs MIA

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