Steelers Looking To Break Recent Bye Week Trends Starting Sunday

The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at Heinz Field and in case you missed an earlier note of mine, they’ll be playing a team that’s coming off their bye week. As I also previously noted, the Bengals are 5-8-1 coming off their bye week under their head coach Marvin Lewis with one of their wins coming against the Steelers in 2015 in a game that was also played at Heinz Field.

While the Bengals have no recent trends related to wins and losses following their own bye weeks under Lewis, the Steelers unfortunately do have one when it comes to playing teams coming off a bye under head coach Mike Tomlin.

According to my research, the Steelers are 5-4 under Tomlin in games against teams coming off their bye weeks. While that’s not overly concerning, you should probably know that the Steelers are 0-3 in their last three games against teams coming off their bye weeks with their most recent loss coming just last season to the Baltimore Ravens in a game that was played on the road. The two losses before that one were to the Oakland Raiders in 2013 and the Bengals in 2015.

Not only will the Steelers play a rested Bengals team this week, their next game against the Detroit Lions in Week 8 will include them playing another team coming off their bye. That game, however, will be played in Detroit.

Here’s to hoping we’re able to talk about another bye week trend just ahead of the Steelers having their own bye in Week 9. In case you’re curious and ready to look ahead, the Steelers will be looking to break another bye-related trend in Week 10 against the Indianapolis Colts as they’re currently 0-3 in their last three games following their own bye week.

Since Tomlin took over as head coach in 2007, the Steelers are 6-4 in games that followed their own annual bye week.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Based on our injury status, and needing to be fresh for a second half run against some quality opponents, I believe our Bye this year is perfectly situated. Furthermore, I think playing dome teams on either side of our Bye, sets us up beautifully to have that Offensive outburst we’ve been waiting for. Not only has Ben adored playing Indy in the past, but 4 of the next 5 games after Indy, are home games. Week 16, then puts us out of the elements and back inside a dome, when we travel to Houston. Merry Christmas to us. Yes, I think our schedule is pretty nice this year. And with so many prime-time games, most of the country will be able to tune in. I like the spotlight on us. We seem to come up big when the lights are brightest.

  • Steve

    Agree that week 10 is a good time for our bye. Indy without Luck is like us without Ben. Houston and the Pats should both give us good games. Pack without Rogers is not looking too good. Steelers vrs Titans should be a good game Thursday night Nov 16th.

  • LucasY59

    bye bye bye bye, I think this article broke the record on using that word

    it is interesting the way the week off was scheduled for this yr (Steelers facing a team that has a bye before the game 2 weeks in a row, and then finally getting their own bye)

    I think last night showed that less than a week between games can have a big effect on the game (KC should not have lost that game, but traveling after playing a game 4 days earlier has a impact) so does having an extra week off, I think the Steelers will be ready for the Bungles, but the Lions game could be pretty tricky since its in Detriot

    the Steelers having their break literally in the middle of the season is good, hopefully they get some good rest (and are sitting on the #1 seed) the 1st game after the bye shouldnt be a big deal (Colts) but after that there is a stretch of 6 pretty tough teams