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2017 NFL Bye Week Schedules with Graphics and Statistical History

Posted by Brad Perniciaro

Published on 6/2/17

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).

Bye Week Schedules and Sharable Graphics

I created several bye week graphics to represent the bye week schedule in various formats. There is a full season infographic which provides a bird's eye view of bye weeks over the entire NFL season, bye weeks in weekly format for those tracking byes on an NFL schedule, and bye weeks by division to easily see when each team and their division opponents will get their breaks.

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2017 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 siz teams on weeks 8 and 11.

Unlike the last few season, 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.

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2017 Bye Weeks by Week

This section presents bye weeks strictly on a week-by-week basis. If you're looking for the teams that are on a bye for a particular week, then this is the most straightforward format.

Click on the View Image link to access a graphic representation of the bye week information in tabular format.

Week Teams on Bye in 2017
Week 1 None
Week 2 None
Week 3 None
Week 4 None
Week 5 New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos
Week 6 Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills
Week 7 Houston Texans, Detroit Lions
Week 8 Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis 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, Los Angeles Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 11 Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolic Colts
Week 12 None
Week 13 None
Week 14 None
Week 15 None
Week 16 None
Week 17 None
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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 division and conference to make determining bye weeks for a particular team a bit easier.

For 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.

American Football Conference

American Football Conference Logo

AFC North

8 10
9 6
13 9
8 9

AFC East

10 6
8 11
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 11

NFC West

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

NFL handicappers pay special attention to NFL bye weeks in order to identify bye week trends. Instict 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?

The next few sections detail 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 believe that teams with fresh legs have a small advantage over teams that are not returning from a bye week.

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 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 have a losing record when returning from a bye (except for Week 10). Strangely, Week 10 has been the best week to play when returning from a bye (from 2011 to 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

Win-Loss Ratio of NFL Teams Following a Bye Week

Graph of NFL Team Win/Loss Ratio Following a Bye Week

Team-Specific Game Results Following a Bye Week

The following section contains the results of every post-bye-week game over the last five years. Teams are grouped by division for easy identification.

To make it easier to visualize game results, wins are highlighted in green, losses are highlighted in red, and ties are highlighted in yellow.

AFC North

BAL Ravens (3-2)
'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
'12 Wk 9 Win 25-15 vs CLE
CIN Bengals (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 9 Loss 23-31 vs DEN
CLU Browns (1-4)
'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
'12 Wk 11 Loss 20-23 vs DAL
PIT Steelers (2-3)
'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
'12 Wk 5 Win 16-14 vs PHI

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

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 11 Loss 13-29 vs SEA
'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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