What are NFL bye weeks?


Quick Answer

An NFL bye week refers to the week off that every NFL team has per season. The bye week first became a permanent part of the NFL season in 1990. The bye week extended the regular NFL television schedule by one week and provided players with a week of rest.

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As of 2014, each team in the NFL plays 16 games over a 17 week regular season schedule. Bye weeks are only given between the fourth and 10th weeks of the season. Typically, an NFL team prefers receiving its bye week in the later stages of the season. The reasoning behind this is that an earlier bye week does not provide as much recovery benefit for fatigue and accumulated injuries.

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