Dallas Record After the Bye Week: 16-7

Please insert “window of opportunity” comment.

The Cowboys return to action next weekend with a 2-2 record. Nine teams in the NFC now have a better record, including every team in the NFC West.

Nevertheless, the Cowboys are usually pretty good after bye weeks. Since the league first started giving teams a week off in the middle of seasons in 1990, the Cowboys have  total record of 16-7 after bye weeks. This included five consecutive wins between 2005 and 2009.

The bad news is that the Cowboys have lost games after bye weeks during each of the last two seasons, and both losses were most frustrating. Two years ago, the Cowboys allowed a long kickoff return to the Titans late in the fourth quarter after Dallas had tied the game. Tennessee scored and won the game 34-27. Last year, Dallas held a fourth-quarter lead at New England only to let fans watch a patented let-down in a 20-16 loss.

In 2012, the Cowboys have to travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens, whom the Cowboys have never defeated. The last time Dallas faced Baltimore, the Cowboys added to their recent legacy of disgrace by blowing the final home game at Texas Stadium in 2008.

Here is a look at the games following bye weeks.

1990

Record before the bye: 6-7

Next game vs. Phoenix: W 41-10

1991

Record before the bye: 5-2

Next game vs. Detroit: L 34-10

1992

Record before the bye: 3-0

Next game vs. Philadelphia: L 31-7

1993 (first bye)

Record before the bye: 1-2

Next game vs. Green Bay: W 36-14

1993 (second bye)

Record before the bye: 4-2

Next game vs. Philadelphia: W 23-10

1994

Record before the bye: 2-1

Next game vs. Washington: W 34-7

1995

Record before the bye: 6-1

Next game vs. Atlanta: W 28-13

1996

Record before the bye: 2-3

Next game vs. Arizona: W 17-3

1997

Record before the bye: 2-1

Next game vs. Chicago: W 27-3

1998

Record before the bye: 4-3

Next game vs. Philadelphia: W 34-0

1999

Record before the bye: 2-0

Next game vs. Arizona: W 35-7

2000

Record before the bye: 2-3

Next game vs. N.Y. Giants: L 19-14

2001

Record before the bye: 1-4

Next game  vs. Arizona: W 17-3

2002

Record before the bye: 3-6

Next game vs. Indianapolis: L 20-3

2003

Record before the bye: 1-1

Next game vs. N.Y. Jets: W 17-6

2004

Record before the bye: 2-1

Next game vs. N.Y. Giants: L 26-10

2005

Record before the bye: 5-3

Next game vs. Philadelphia: W 21-20

2006

Record before the bye: 1-1

Next game vs. Tennessee: W 45-14

2007

Record before the bye: 6-1

Next game vs. Philadelphia: W 38-17

2008

Record before the bye: 5-4

Next game vs. Washington: W 14-10

2009

Record before the bye: 3-2

Next game vs. Atlanta: W 37-21

2010

Record before the bye: 1-2

Next game vs. Tennessee: L 34-27

2011

Record before the bye: 2-2

Next game vs. New England: L 20-16

2012

Record before the bye: 2-2

Totals:

Winning records before a bye week (counting the 1993 season twice): 13

Losing record before a bye week: 7

.500 record before a bye week (including the 2012 season): 4

Record after a bye week: 16-7

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Article by Matt Cordon

Blogging impatiently about the Cowboys since 2006. Being a fan since 1977 hasn't required quite as much patience.
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  • Luminator

    C’mon man! Get real. Those statistic are for teams from the past. It does not mean that Dallas will win. You still have to play the game on the field, not with historical stats.

  • dodger71

    Please point to where I said Dallas would win because of these stats. I noted that the Cowboys lost in 2010 and 2011 after bye weeks. 

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