The NFL regular season can be grueling for its players.
And the only reprieve from the week-in-week-out grind that is playing professional football is the annual bye week – something NFL schedule makers implemented to maximize each team’s rest and recovery. While fans of the fantasy game might lament the missed points opportunity, this time allows players a much-needed break.
After no teams were in on the bye in Week 12, a couple of teams will have off this week.
What NFL teams have a bye week in Week 13?
Complete bye week schedule for 2022 NFL regular season
Week 13: Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers
When did the NFL first institute bye weeks?
The NFL bye week is now 27 years old and a staple of the league schedule.
Prior to 1990, the NFL jammed 16 games into 16 weeks for wall-to-wall coverage. A combination of scheduling conflicts, travel complications, potential television earnings from an extended season and player injury all factored into the league’s decision to extend the season to 17 weeks. The NFL briefly added a second bye week for the 1992 and 1993 season, but quickly dropped back to one per season.
When is the Chicago Bears’ bye week?
The Chicago Bears are one of six teams to earn the last possible bye week -- Week 14 in mid-December.
This comes sandwiched between two home games against the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. While the Bears will need a serious change of luck to become playoff contenders, this week of rest late in the season could prove helpful.
How do bye weeks impact fantasy football?
Bye weeks are a fact of life in the NFL, but that’s no excuse to be caught sleeping in your fantasy league.
It’s pretty simple -- if a player can’t play in real football, they can’t earn points in fantasy football. Therefore, most managers recommend benching players on a bye week. Make sure you get those lineups in on time!