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2017 NFL Bye Weeks - Schedule

Listed below you'll find a full schedule of 2017 NFL Bye Weeks for all the teams in the National Football League. Bookmark this page so the next time you ask "When is the "enter your team here" bye week?" you will have a quick reference quide!


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

Tips for Betting on Teams Coming off of a Bye Week
by Scott, NFL Handicapper,

Bye weeks are a way of life now in the NFL and present a different challenge to those who wager on football. Every team gets a bye-week during the NFL regular season. The result is that a 16-game schedule actually takes 17 weeks to complete. For some teams, a bye week is just what the doctor ordered, while it can be a momentum-breaker for other teams.

Betting on bye teams against-the-spread has decent results over time. You wouldnít be losing, but you wouldnít be winning either if just betting blindly on teams coming off a bye week. Sure, it seems a team coming off a bye week would be better off against their opponents who may not be as well-rested, but it really hasnít been the case.

Blindly betting on teams to cover the spread after a bye doesnít work so well because the book adjusts. They know people may be more inclined to bet a team off a bye. Bettors may ďone-sideĒ those teams and the number goes up. Besides that, there is the simple fact that noticing a team is coming off a bye isnít exactly inside information. Everybody knows it. To base bets on singular items would require a more important piece of information than a team coming off a bye. We need exclusive insight or information to sway bets, not things people can notice just by looking at a teamís schedule.

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The bye week component needs to be accounted for specifically, as it relates to all the different teams. Results have shown that just betting on teams coming off a bye doesnít really get us anywhere. In other words, it could be an advantage. But it might not be, either. Obviously, good teams are good when they come off a bye. And conversely, bad teams donít get good coming off a bye.

If you want to operate under the pretense that teams coming off the bye could be a little better off than their opponent, thatís one thing. To attribute too much credit to a team for coming off a bye might not be the ticket. If you find yourself saying a team will cover the spread on Sunday because theyíre coming off a bye, thatís probably not enough to get it done. Again, it really depends on the situation. Teams coming off the bye have done better in the last ten years than they did in the decade preceding that, but it is hardly a reliable pattern.

A team could be dealing with some injuries--nothing major, but a few banged-up key guys who could really benefit from a week off. Again, it needs to apply to the team. Whereas some players could be questionable if the game was this weel, they may be more ready to go the following Sunday. A week off could be good for a team that has fallen into a bit of a funk. Maybe they have tired legs. The coach has lost a little bit of his mojo. An aging running back has been lethargic. Players who havenít had the best season have time to reflect on themselves, something they canít do when constantly either preparing or playing. Coaches can maybe find another gear and get the team on the right track.

Some teams are in such bad shape that itís going to take a whole lot more than a bye week to get things on the right track. An extra week could help a bad team lick their wounds a bit, but itís not enough to constitute a total turnaround. And some teams, especially the ones who struggled to finally find their groove, a bye week can serve as an unwelcome roadblock.

Try to look at bye weeks as just one of many situational elements we observe when formulating our wagers. They are by no means a sole guiding light. Itís been established that it doesnít work. We apply it situationally. Maybe a coach will really benefit from having an extra week game-planning against a complicated opponent. We would factor that into the equation, but we wouldnít let it be a catalyst to make an actual wager. If all the other aspects of the handicapping stand up to the test, then we make a bet. Itís just a small part of a much bigger picture. No team ever covered the spread solely by virtue of coming off a bye week. It may have helped, but there was a lot more that went into it.

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