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2016 NFL Bye Week Schedules with Graphics and Statistical History

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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 including fantasy football and sports gambling.

The purpose of this article is to be a comprehensive guide to the 2016 NFL bye week schedule and a statistical history of team performance following a bye week. We provide sharable 2016 bye week graphics in various formats, a review of the best and worst performing NFL teams following a bye week, and a historical log of game results following a bye week for all NFL teams over the last five seasons.

Bye Week Schedules /w Sharable Graphics

Below we present several graphics to illustrate 2016 bye weeks in various formats. There is an all-encompassing 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. Feel free to embed any of these images on your site using the html code provided below each graphic.

  1. Bye Week Infographic
  2. Bye Weeks by NFL Week
  3. Bye Weeks by Division


Bye Week Infographic

The following graphic is a high-level view of how byes are assigned to teams between weeks four and eleven of the NFL regular season. This season the number of teams on a bye each week is somewhat consistent. There are at least four teams on a bye each week from Week 5 to Week 11.

The only weeks where there aren't four teams on a bye are Week 4 (only two teams on a bye) and Week 9 (six teams on a bye).

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Bye Weeks by Week

Here we present bye weeks in tabular format. This is the third year in a row that bye weeks start on week four of the regular season. Back in 2011, the first bye week was on week five. This year the final bye week is on week eleven, whereas in 2014 the final bye week was on week twelve.

Week Teams on Bye in 2016
Week 1 None
Week 2 None
Week 3 None
Week 4 Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers
Week 5 Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings
Week 7 Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers
Week 8 San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens
Week 9 Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals
Week 10 Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills
Week 11 San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons
Week 12 None
Week 13 Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns
Week 14 None
Week 15 None
Week 16 None
Week 17 None

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Bye Weeks by Division

For those who prefer to view bye weeks by division, this handy chart lists bye week by both division and conference. For historical perspective, the graphic also lists each team's bye week from the previous season, shown as a smaller, faded number next to the 2016 bye week.

American Football Conference

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AFC North

9 8
7 9
11 13
11 8

AFC East

8 10
5 8
4 9
5 11

AFC South

9 9
10 10
8 5
4 13

AFC West

7 11
9 5
6 10
10 11

National Football Conference

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NFC North

7 9
9 10
7 4
5 6

NFC East

6 7
11 8
8 4
8 9

NFC South

10 11
5 7
11 5
6 6

NFC West

9 9
6 8
10 8
9 5
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 may not have. 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, the referenced stats only consider games played in the last five years.

Overall Winning Percentage of Teams Returning from Bye Week

Over the last five years, from 2009 through the 2014 season, teams returning from a bye week have a collective record of 82-75-2. That's 82 wins, 75 losses, and 2 ties for a winning percentage of 52.2%.

82 Wins (52.2%) 75 Losses (47.8%)

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 Following a Bye Week

  1. Green Bay Packers (5-0)
  2. Atlanta Falcons (5-0)
  3. Baltimore Ravens (5-0)
  4. Denver Broncos (5-0)
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1)
  6. Detroit Lions (4-1)
  7. New Orleans Saints (4-1)
  8. New York Giants (4-1)
  1. Chicago Bears (4-1)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)
  3. Indianapolis Colts (3-2)
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
  5. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
  6. New England Patriots (3-2)
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2)
  8. Houston Texans (3-2)

Worst Teams Following a Bye Week

  1. Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
  3. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (2-3)
  5. Cleveland Browns (2-3)
  6. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
  7. San Diego Chargers (2-3)
  8. St. Louis Rams (1-3-1)
  1. Tennessee Titans (1-4)
  2. Carolina Panthers (1-4)
  3. Arizona Cardinals (1-4)
  4. Buffalo Bills (1-4)
  5. New York Jets (1-4)
  6. Washington Redskins (1-4)
  7. Oakland Raiders (1-4)
  8. Minnesota Vikings (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 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 (over the last five years).

While this sample size is relatively small, the winnings percentage distribution is strangely smooth over the full bye week schedule. Over the last five years, teams have performed best after the final bye week of the season. After that, playing a game on week nine which followed a bye on week eight was also beneficial for many teams.

Week Wins Losses Tie W-L Ratio
Week 5 7 7 0 .500
Week 6 8 12 0 .400
Week 7 8 11 0 .421
Week 8 11 7 0 .611
Week 9 16 7 0 .696
Week 10 13 12 2 .520
Week 11 8 10 0 .444
Week 12 8 6 0 .571
Week 13 3 3 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 table contains the results of every post-bye-week game, for every team, over the last five years. Teams are grouped by division for easy identification and wins are highlighted in green.

AFC North

BAL Ravens (4-1)
'15 Wk 10 Loss 22-20 vs JAX
'14 Wk 12 Win 34-27 vs NO
'13 Wk 9 Loss 18-24 vs CLE
'12 Wk 9 Win 25-15 vs CLE
'11 Wk 6 Win 29-14 vs HOU
CIN Bengals (2-3)
'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
'11 Wk 8 Win 34-12 vs SEA
CLU Browns (2-3)
'15 Wk 12 Loss 33-27 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
'11 Wk 6 Loss 17-24 vs OAK
PIT Steelers (4-1)
'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
'11 Wk 12 Win 13-9 vs KC

AFC East

BUF Bills (1-4)
'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
'11 Wk 8 Win 23-0 vs WAS
MIA Dolphins (3-2)
'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
'11 Wk 6 Loss 6-24 vs NYJ
NE Patriots (3-2)
'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
'11 Wk 8 Loss 17-25 vs PIT
NY Jets (1-4)
'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
'11 Wk 9 Win 27-11 vs BUF

AFC South

HOU Texans (3-2)
'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
'11 Wk 12 Win 20-13 vs JAC
'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
'11 Wk 12 Loss 19-27 vs CAR
JAC Jaguars (3-2)
'15 Wk 9 Loss 28-23 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
'11 Wk 10 Win 17-3 vs IND
TEN Titans (1-4)
'15 Wk 5 Loss 14-13 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
'11 Wk 7 Loss 7-41 vs HOU

AFC West

DEN Broncos (5-0)
'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
'11 Wk 7 Win 18-15 vs MIA
KC Chiefs (2-3)
'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
'11 Wk 7 Win 28-0 vs OAK
OAK Raiders (1-4)
'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
'11 Wk 9 Loss 24-38 vs DEN
SD Chargers (2-3)
'15 Wk 11 Loss 33-3 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
'11 Wk 7 Loss 21-27 vs NYJ

NFC North

CHI Bears (4-1)
'15 Wk 8 Loss 23-20 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
'11 Wk 9 Win 30-24 vs PHI
DET Lions (4-1)
'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
'11 Wk 10 Loss 13-37 vs CHI
GB Packers (5-0)
'15 Wk 8 Loss 29-10 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
'11 Wk 9 Win 45-38 vs SD
MIN Vikings (0-5)
'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
'11 Wk 10 Loss 7-45 vs GB

NFC East

DAL Cowboys (2-3)
'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
'11 Wk 6 Loss 16-20 vs NE
NY Giants (4-1)
'15 Wk 12 Loss 20-14 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
'11 Wk 8 Win 20-17 vs MIA
PHI Eagles (3-2)
'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
'11 Wk 8 Win 34-7 vs DAL
WAS Redskins (1-4)
'15 Wk 9 Loss 27-10 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
'11 Wk 6 Loss 28-59 vs PHI

NFC South

ATL Falcons (5-0)
'15 Wk 11 Loss 24-21 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
'11 Wk 9 Win 31-7 vs IND
CAR Panthers (1-4)
'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
'11 Wk 10 Loss 3-30 vs TEN
NO Saints (4-1)
'15 Wk 12 Loss 24-6 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
'11 Wk 12 Win 49-24 vs NYG
TB Buccaneers (3-2)
'15 Wk 7 Loss 31-30 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
'11 Wk 9 Win 27-16 vs TB

NFC West

ARI Cardinals (1-4)
'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
'11 Wk 7 Loss 20-32 vs PIT
LA Rams (1-3-1)
'15 Wk 7 Win 24-6 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
'11 Wk 6 Loss 3-24 vs GB
SF 49ers (2-2-1)
'15 Wk 11 Loss 29-13 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
'11 Wk 8 Win 20-10 vs CLE
SEA Seahawks (3-2)
'15 Wk 10 Loss 39-32 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
'11 Wk 7 Loss 3-6 vs CLE




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