“One of the greatest thing about bye weeks is playing against someone in fantasy who forgets to bench someone during his bye week.” -Bill Simmons
Bye weeks were non-existent for the proleptical decades of the NFL until a unique situation in 1966. This only occurred when the agglomeration of teams was not an even number. Basically, every week in that season, one team did not have a team to be matched up against. After the AFL became part of scheduling, the teams played 14 games in 14 weeks and then 16 games in 16 weeks. Before 1960, they played 12 games in 12 weeks beginning in 1947. Prior to 1946, they played from eleven to fourteen games per season, depending on the number of teams in the league. Much earlier, they did not even have a regular schedule and would play anyone that fielded a team to compete. Pretty simple? Ay, caramba!
“Too many times, when a guy gets time off, he gets tased in South Beach or something,” –Bruce Arians
What a fantastic quote from several years ago about bye weeks. Just saying…
Here is a tad more since I opened up the can of worms. EEEK!
In 1990, the NFL re-introduced the bye week. That stretched the season to a 17 week period of time in which 16 games were played. Opening week moved up to Labor Day weekend to accomplish this one week extended format. Some years since then, an uneven quantity of teams resulted in the bye weeks being much more spread out since an extra team with no matchup had to sit idle each week of the NFL season. At one point in time, I remember two bye weeks. Not needed. It ended fast and furious, as it was a disaster with diluted mediocre matchups, which did not go over well with the TV networks.
“When you have that bye week, it is a good chance to rest the players and get them refreshed. The players have been going for quite a while now, starting with training camp and the offseason work. The bye week should be a plus to allow you to refresh, to give you more time to prepare and to heal from some bang-ups that guys have.” – Marv Levy
When Sean McDermott took over in Buffalo, his mentor Andy Reid had a 16-2 record with the Eagles and Chiefs on weeks coming off the bye week. Coach McDermott took good notes, as he is 3-0 coming off the bye week, which is not a surprise. He is a very detailed organized disciplined head coach. His teams are prepared every week. They have been consistently prepared with the extra week to game plan and practice. Not too shabby.
You know the drill. Brace yourself as I aggressively yet gracefully and elegantly digress…
Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week….
- All-Pro and Pro-Bowl legends, Cornelius Bennett and Steve Tasker, have made the list of the 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
- Tyler Bass became the first kicker in Bills’ history to connect on three kicks of 50-plus yards in a game. Bass also becomes only the second kicker in NFL history to make three field goals of 54-plus yards in an NFL contest. We got ourselves a big play kicker. Not a whole lot of room to improve here.
- Mitch Morse was cleared from the concussion protocol, practicing all week and having no injuries reported. He did not play on Sunday in a 32-30 road loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Hockey would call this a healthy scratch. (PressBox) Sean McDermott called it a “coach’s decision”.