Every week at bang the book.com we like to look at certain strategies in the NFL and see what angles will benefit the football bettor as the season works out. Week 6 teams were coming off a bye week and in the upcoming weeks more teams will be taking time off and then returning to play, but does the bye week help?
There is no doubt that the rest helps. Football is such a physical sport that any break is a good week and all rest is good rest. This is especially helpful for players who are banged up. For example the Carolina Panthers return to action in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys. Panther’s running back Jonathan Stewart has been dealing with an injury all season long. The extra week will give him much needed rest and allow him to play a big role in the backfield and help out Cam Newton and his development.
Bye weeks started in week 4 as the Colts and the Steelers both had a bye. Both came back the following week with a victory on the field, although Pittsburgh failed to cover against the Eagles. In week 5, five teams had a bye to include the Cowboys, Raiders, Lions, and Buccaneers.
In week six all four teams posted a perfect record against the spread. The Cowboys won with the points against, the Ravens, the Raiders almost beat the undefeated Falcons, the Lions bate the Eagles as dogs, and the Bucs crushed the Chiefs. Bye weeks work differently for each teams but right now they are 5-1 against the spread.
In week seven, the Bears, Panthers, Saints, and Jaguars will all return to action after a bye week. Bye weeks are different for each depending in players, injuries, and coaches, but they should always be considered as part of the handicapping process.