The Colts have their bye week this week, and have historically done very well in the week following the bye.
Bye weeks are great for teams. They help them get some rest, and sometimes help teams regroup. The Colts needed it this week to get healthy for the rest of the season. But how do the Colts typically do in the week after their bye?
Since 2009, the team has gone 7-3 in the game directly following their bye in the regular season. That’s a pretty good record. That extra week can be used in preparation for that next game, so they have extra film study on their opponent and can find weaknesses easier.
The extra rest is also a big factor in these games. Having a team well rested gives them a big advantage. The Colts have done a good job utilizing that advantage over the past few seasons. They have to do the same thing next week against Houston.
Coaching is a big part of successes following bye weeks as well. Having a team that is well coached is a big help too. Frank Reich should have his guys ready to go coming out of the week off, especially since most of the team will be healthy for the first time all year long.
The Colts really need the win coming out of the bye, because in all likelihood it will be for first place in the division against the Texans. Winning that game gives the Colts the inside track on winning the AFC South.