In Week 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Los Angeles Chargers will be coming off their bye week. The team received a much-needed break following a lackluster performance against the New England Patriots.
The bye week offers a lot of intrigue each NFL season. When a team receives their bye as well as which team they play before that break and after that break can be key factors in a team’s season.
Looking at some info on this excellent graphic put together by Brad Perniciaro of cheatsheetwarroom.com, we can look at how the Chargers have done in coming off the bye.
Over the course of the last five seasons, the Chargers are just 2-3 following the bye week. However, they have won two of the last three of those games, including a 21-13 win over the Houston Texans last season. That game was on the road, just as the game will be this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Looking at those same fives years, the Jaguars are 2-2 when playing teams coming off a bye. Kast season, the Jaguars played teams following their bye weeks in back-to-back games, losing both. That could bode well for the Chargers.
That being said, when studying the win-loss records for each team, you have to wonder a couple of things. Is the bye week all that important or are teams just not handling the week off properly? This question can be asked due to the fact that in the last five years, only seven of the league’s 32 teams have a record of 4-1 or better. The Detroit Lions, of all teams, are the only team that has won all five of those games.
21 teams have a record of 3-2 or 2-3 in games played after a bye, showing that not much of an advantage is being received in not having to play a game. Does it throw a team’s rhythm off? Many conclusions can be drawn.
The Chargers will travel to EverBank Field to face the Jaguars this Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. PT and the game will be televised on CBS.